asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about the introduction of rent regulations on the pitch rents of mobile home owners; and if he will make a statement.
We have received various representations from residents suggesting that pitch rents for mobile homes should be subject to some form of rent regulation.We do not consider that statutory control of pitch rents is either appropriate or desirable. It would not be in tne interests either of residents or site owners. Just as rent control has affected adversely the supply of the private rented housing, so it would lead to a decline in the number of mobile home sites. The Mobile Homes Act 1983 contains important safeguards for residents on pitch rents without imposing unreasonable restrictions on site owners. I believe that it strikes a reasonable balance.