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22/10/2018

More powers for councils to tackle rogue mobile home operators

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mobile home residents will receive greater protection from rogue mobile homes operators who make a profit dishonestly.

Housing minister Heather Wheeler said the new powers for local authorities range from fines to bans for the worst offenders.

There are 2,000 park home sites across England, which are home to more than 85,000 families. The government said a small minority of dishonest site owners abuse their positions by intimidating residents and neglecting their duty of care.

The changes aim to stop site operators burdening residents with unfair and unnecessary charges, and provide greater clarity and transparency for those living on park home sites. Guidance will also be provided for residents on what to do if they are being harassed by the site owner.

Wheeler said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their own home.

“We know some people in mobile homes have been ripped off by rogue site owners who charge excessive fees and harass residents.

“To stop this, councils will be given powers to ban site owners who do not meet the standards expected of them. We will make sure they have the tools needed to protect the vulnerable, while allowing honest operators to flourish.”

Some mobile home owners have reported management charges increasing by 50 per cent year on year, while others have reported paying additional fees of up to £300 a month.

Ministers will be making regulatory changes and legislation will be introduced “in due course when parliamentary time allows”. These will be the biggest changes to the sector since the Mobile Homes Act 2013 was introduced.

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