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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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Consult to get a result

october legalWho pays for the improvements to the infrastructure of a park? It can be a confusing and contentious issue. Aimee Hutchinson, a solicitor at Blacks Solicitors LLP and part of the Holiday and Home Parks Team, and Ibraheem Dulmeer, legal advisor at The Leasehold Advisory Service, demystify the consultation process in relation to improvements on a fully residential park home site

There is often confusion in the park home industry about the consultation requirements that must be complied with when it comes to improvements on a park home site. Any recovery of costs spent on improvements would be sought via the pitch fees and the annual pitch fee review process. As a result this can be one of the most contentious matters on residential parks.
In this article our experts attempt to demystify the consultation process in relation to improvements on a fully residential park home site so that both park and home owners have a better understanding of the issue...

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Pitch fee reviews explained again

leasePitch fee reviews can often be a bone of contention between residents and park site owners. Cassandra Zanelli, a partner at Taylor & Emmet, and Ibraheem Dulmeer, a legal advisor at LEASE explain how you can avoid running into problems and disputes

A pitch agreement is a contract which sets out a number of obligations and responsibilities between a site owner and a park home resident.

The terms of this agreement state the amount of the pitch fee and when it is to be paid to the site owner.

In some instances the pitch fee includes utilities but where this is the case, it should be outlined clearly in the pitch agreement.

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A guide to the Implied Terms: Six key questions answered

august legalJohn Clement, a partner and head of Turbervilles’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, and The Leasehold Advisory Service’s Ibraheem Dulmeer examine the Statutory Implied Terms in your written agreements

All residential park home occupiers in England have had the benefit of a number of contractual terms, known as the ‘Statutory Implied Terms’, which are automatically included into their occupation agreements as a result of changes to the 1983 Mobile Homes Act. These terms apply to all agreements on residential (but not holiday) parks in England. In this article we will be addressing six questions that are often asked by park home owners and site owners alike.

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Buying and selling a park home: a brief guide

july legal We look at the recent changes to the procedures for buying and selling a park home. John Clement, a partner and head of Turbervilles’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, and the Leasehold Advisory Service’s Ibraheem Dulmeer examine the main issues

On 26 May 2013 the Government introduced a new procedure that must be followed whenever a used residential park home is bought or sold on a site in England. One of the main reasons for this change was to take the process out of the control of the site owner, as there were concerns that some park owners had been unfairly trying to prevent home owners from selling their homes. The new procedure is intended to give occupiers greater protection.

One effect of this is that both buyers and sellers of park homes now have much more responsibility to ensure that the transaction is completed properly. If any mistakes are made this could lead to the assignment of the agreement being unlawful, and to costly disputes between the parties.

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