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Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member wins chance to introduce a new law to protect owners of Park homes

November 29, 2011 5:13 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has been granted the opportunity to introduce a Private Member's Bill to impose stricter controls over Park Home site owners. The opportunity to introduce this important legislation has arisen as a result of Mr. Black winning a ballot in the National Assembly.

Under the rules of the Assembly, the ballot winner will have their proposal debated in plenary (full Assembly meeting) and if it is agreed to, will then be able to start the process to introduce their legislation.

The new Bill will aim to provide better protection to those who own property within Park Home (Mobile Home) sites and monitor and regulate site owners. At present there is little protection for residents from unscrupulous Park Homes site owners, a minority of which may exploit their position for personal gain. Problems can include poor site management, and vetoing or deterring legitimate sales.

Mr. Black said: "if I am allowed to proceed with this Bill it will ensure that meetings between potential buyers and site owners are independently monitored and establish a system of arbitration for park home owners who feel that they have lost money as a result of undue interference.

"The Bill will also develop a "fit and proper" persons test for park home site owners, acting as a licensing system, so that park home owners can be confident that their park home site is effectively managed. I am pleased that this issue will now be discussed further in the Assembly, as it is a continuing issue for Park Homes communities throughout Wales."

Notes: Property owners within Park Home sites have the right to sell their property in the same way home owners do. However, a site owner, should they wish to, could potentially disrupt purchase procedures by discouraging prospective buyers via a loophole in the current legislation which requires "the approval of the buyer" stage.

Prospective buyers meet with site owners during this stage, which allows owners the opportunity to deter purchases. If this is done successfully, property owners can be left with little choice but to sell their property to the site owners at a significantly lower figure than that of market value.