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Park Homes: Transfer of Dispute Resolution

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Ian Austin) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Further to the statement of my honourable friend the Member for Hartlepool on 30 May 2009 , in which he announced the Government’s intention to transfer most of the functions of county courts to residential property tribunals under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (as amended), I am today announcing that, subject to parliamentary consent, the residential property tribunals’ new jurisdiction will come into force on 6 April 2010.

The aim of the transfer of the jurisdiction is to provide residents of mobile homes (including caravans) and the owners of sites on which they are located with a level playing field in the resolution of disputes by providing access to a dedicated, low cost specialist (housing) tribunal, which can deal with cases quickly and without the parties needing to be legally represented.

I have also today published a paper setting out the Government’s response to the May 2009 consultation Further consultation on termination provisions in the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (as amended). The response paper sets out the reasons for the Government’s decisions not to transfer the “fact finding” role of county courts to residential property tribunals in respect of termination cases involving a breach of an agreement, or a claim that the resident of the park home is no longer occupying it as his only or main residence, but to do so in respect of claims relating to the detrimental condition of the home to the amenity of the site. A copy of the response paper has been placed in the Library of the House and is available on the Communities and Local Government website at:

www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/terminationprovisionsresponse.