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The Leasehold Advisory Service – Training and Outreach events

April legalWe find out more about the kind of training programmes LEASE offers

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) provides information and advice for owners of park homes, site owners, local authority officers or anyone else with a question about park homes law.

On 26 May 2013, the Government introduced ‘the Mobile Homes Act 2013’ which was introduced to give greater protection to occupiers of residential mobile homes.

Since the introduction of the Mobile Homes Act 2013 and supporting legislation, LEASE has established several links within the park homes industry. Last year LEASE attended over 70 events for local groups – park home residents, residents’ associations, surgeries, local authority events and site owner events.

LEASE continue to reach out to more individuals, professionals and organisations who are interested in park homes law to give people a good understanding about what the changes mean for them,  their parks and organisations.

 

 

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An introduction to buying and selling residential park homes

march legalIn this article we will focus on the legal considerations when a park site owner sells a mobile home under the Mobile Homes Act (as amended) and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Solicitor Kirstie Apps, of Stephens Scown, and Ibraheem Dulmeer, from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) explain

While the sale of residential park homes by an occupier/park home resident is regulated by the Mobile Homes (Selling and Gifting) Regulations 2013, it is interesting to note that there are no regulations in place for the sale of mobile homes by the site owner.  

The Mobile Homes Act does require, however, that a written statement is given to a proposed occupier:

‘…not less than 28 days before the date of which any agreement for the sale of the mobile home to the proposed occupier is made’.
 
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QRAs: practice, procedure and formation

feb legalIn 2006 the law relating to residential parks changed and it became possible to establish a Qualifying Residents’ Association (QRA). In this article, Nick Dyson, partner at Blacks Solicitors LLP and head of the Holiday and Home Parks Team, with the assistance of Ibraheem Dulmeer, Legal Advisor at LEASE, addresses the frequently asked questions in relation to QRAs

A QRA is best described as a group of residents who work together to represent the interests of residents on a park. A QRA can operate in a number of ways including consulting with the park owner about issues which are affecting the residents on the park and arranging social activities.
 
How do you form a QRA?
Practically speaking it would be best to make enquiries with fellow residents to see if there is any interest in establishing a QRA. Perhaps arrange a meeting and notify all home owners of the date and time so a discussion can be held about making the necessary arrangements to form a QRA.
It will then be important to see if you can meet the following conditions which are required to establish a QRA:

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Utility charges explained

january legalThere is sometimes confusion surrounding the utility charges on a park site. In this article Aimee Hutchinson, a solicitor at Blacks Solicitors LLP, and the Leasehold Advisory Service’s  Ibraheem Dulmeer outline some practical tips on how to resolve and clarify these issues

Express and Implied terms
The first port of call for both the resident and the site owner should be the written agreement or written statement. It is common for an obligation to pay utility charges to be part of both the express terms and the implied terms of the agreement.

Express terms are those terms which the site owner and park home owner have agreed between themselves under the written agreement or written statement. This is in contrast to implied terms, which are laid down by the Mobile Homes Act 1983, and in some circumstances inserted by the court. In other words, the law provides that the implied terms should be part of an agreement whether written or not.

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Help is at hand

december legalWe speak to Anthony Essien, CEO of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), for an update on how this organisation has been helping and advising park home owners and site owners

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE for short) is a Non Departmental Public Body which is funded by government to provide free legal advice to leaseholders, landlords, professional advisors, managers and others. The advice covers the law affecting people in England and Wales.

For a couple of years, LEASE has also been offering advice to park home owners, site managers and others. To get help, you can either write to LEASE, send them an email, call their helpline, or attend in person to their offices. The organisation also runs a website for park home owners, with advice guides that can be downloaded, plus the latest news relating to park home ownership.

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An introduction to: Buying and Selling Residential Park Homes from a site owner

nov legalIn this article we will focus on the legal considerations when a park site owner sells a mobile home under the Mobile Homes Act (as amended) and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Solicitor Kirstie Apps, of Stephens Scown, and Ibraheem Dulmeer, from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) explain

While the sale of residential park homes by an occupier/park home resident is regulated by the Mobile Homes (Selling and Gifting) Regulations 2013, it is interesting to note that there are no regulations in place for the sale of mobile homes by the site owner.

The Mobile Homes Act does require however that a Written Statement is given to a proposed occupier ‘…not less than 28 days before the date of which any agreement for the sale of the mobile home to the proposed occupier is made’.

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