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Welsh Assembly passes new legislation for Park Homes in Wales
Published on 06/11/2013

The first sector related legislation since devolution for our industry has passed Royal Assent.

On the 4th November the Mobile Homes (Wales) Bill was granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen and has been made into law as the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

The Act is designed to modernise the current licensing regime for residential mobile homes, so that conditions on sites are improved, standards in the industry are raised and the rights of residents protected.

The main features of the new law are:

  • Site owners will be required to apply for a licence from their local authority to operate a site. The licence will last up to 5 years.
  • Site managers will need to pass a ‘fit and proper person’ test before being awarded a licence.
  • Site owners will no longer be able to block the sale of a mobile home, or veto prospective buyers.
  • Utility bills are to be displayed in a prominent place on the site.
  • Local authorities are provided with the power to carry out emergency works as required and appoint an interim manager.
  • Local authorities will be able to inspect sites and issue compliance notices and fixed penalty notices to site owners if conditions on the site are not kept properly.
  • Pitch fees will only be increased in line with the Consumer Prices Index.
  • Site owners and residents will be able to appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal against decisions.
  • The provisions of the Act are due to come into force on 1st October 2014. This will allow sufficient time for a transition to the new regime and to help raise awareness about the changes that will be taking place.

    To support us in the implementation of the new law we have set up an Implementation Group made up of Local Authority representatives from across Wales. The Group will advise on the implications for local authorities, owners, residents and associated stakeholders in implementing the new law. They will also work with us to develop a communications strategy to help ensure that all stakeholders are aware of their rights and responsibilities and are able to comply with the new law.

    More details about the Act can be found on our the Welsh Government website

    www.wales.gov.uk/mobile-homes-act

    www.cymru.gov.uk/deddr-cartrefi-symudol

    Also additional information about the Act, including amendments laid by the Government and other Assembly members throughout the scrutiny process, can be found on the National Assembly website:

    www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=4729

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