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What is your favourite thing about owning a park home or lodge?

I just love the welcoming people and the community spiritedness - 50%
The value for money of the homes and the lower living costs - 0%
The great location of my park and the fact that it’s so peaceful and secure - 50%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 19 Jan 2018 - 13:52

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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Six of the best!

junelegal1There are some park home-related legal questions that keep cropping up. Ibraheem Dulmeer, of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), asks Cassandra Zanelli, of solicitors Taylor & Emmet LLP to unravel six of the most common of them

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) provides a free telephone helpline for anyone with queries about the laws relating to fully residential park homes in England.

To make it easier to find the information you need, we have asked property management expert, Cassandra Zanelli, a partner at Sheffield solicitors, Taylor & Emmet LLP, to address six of the most frequently asked questions. Read on to find out more...
Q: Is the Retail Prices Index (RPI) used in the pitch fee review process? I understand the figure is no longer ‘official’.
A: In March 2013, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) decided the RPI figure was no longer a ‘national statistic.’ However, they still publish it on a monthly basis and it is still used in the pitch fee review process in England. You can find the latest figures on the ONS website.

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The new licensing laws... explained!

The new licensing laws ...explained!New licensing laws for park home sites came into force two years back, causing confusion in some quarters. Solicitor Kirstie Apps, of Stephens Scown, and Ibraheem Dulmeer, from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) explain the legislation and how things have changed

In order to run a site with homes that are for year-round residential use (park homes) there is a requirement for relevant planning permission and for a site licence from the local authority.

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 has made significant changes to the park homes world. In addition to amending the terms implied into all agreements to which the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (as amended) applies, it has updated the legislation which was introduced in 1960 to deal with, among other things, the enforcement of site licence conditions on what is now defined as relevant protected sites.

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A helping hand

april legalWe speak to Ibraheem Dulmeer at LEASE, an independent organisation that advises park home residents and park owners on the latest rules and regulations, following the introduction of 2013 Mobile Homes Act. Ibraheem explains how the organisation is using new technology to help people

With a raft of changes affecting both park home owners and site owners following the introduction of the 2013 Mobile Homes Act, the Government has funded LEASE; initially set up to advise on residential leasehold issues and to offer free advice on park homes legislation to the park home community. Since May 2013, LEASE has been doing just that.

LEASE is independent and advises park home owners and site owners, as well as local authorities on the legislation and the latest regulations.

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