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New Mobile Homes Regulations due to come into Force
The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 come into force on the 4th February and contain details of the new procedure for making site rules. The requirements have been brought in to increase transparency in relation to site rules and to prevent site owners using rules to the disadvantage of home owners.
These documents, available below, complement changes brought about by the Mobile Homes Act 2013, namely the Mobile Homes (Selling and Gifting) (England) Regulations and the Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) (Prescribed Form) (England) Regulations.
A further statutory instrument is due to be put into place before the licensing provisions contained in Sections 1-7 of the 2013 act come into force on 1st April.
There are approximately 85,000 owner-occupied homes on 2,000 park home sites in England. The new regulations follow a consultation exercise in the spring of 2012 that received over 250 responses. No formal guidance is planned to be published, but leaflets targeted at home owners were issued in June 2013 by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) explaining that the law on site rules was to change. The department will also be publishing a factsheet on the new scheme on the government website and launching a telephone advice line operated by the Leasehold Advisory Service.
A review of all the changes brought in by the 2013 act is scheduled to be carried out in 2017.
Documents: (in PDF format)
The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014
Park Homes: Site licensing Definition of relevant protected sites
Explanatory Memorandum to the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 No. 5