Aldous welcomes Royal Assent of Mobile Homes Bill

Waveney MP Peter Aldous this week welcomed the Royal Assent of his Private Member’s Bill on Mobile Homes.

Aldous secured the Private Members’ Bill in a ballot in May 2012 concerned about the plight of often vulnerable and elderly residents living in mobile homes in his Waveney constituency and across the country.

Aldous introduced the Bill aimed at improving the rights of mobile home owners having received representations from park home residents in his Waveney constituency. The Bill was presented on 20 June 2012 and went on to successfully pass legislative scrutiny in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, before receiving Royal Assent on Tuesday 26 March.

The Mobile Homes Act updates the law relating to park homes, which is widely seen as ineffective and outdated and neither deters unscrupulous site owners from exploiting residents nor provides local authorities with effective powers to monitor or improve the site condition.

The Act will effect a whole-scale reform of the park home industry to improve the rights and safety of thousands of park home owners across the country, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.

The Act empowers local authorities by enabling them to charge for their licensing functions, serve a notice to remedy a breach of licence conditions and permit them to enter a site to carry out emergency or safety works in certain circumstances.

Commenting on the Royal Assent of the Bill Mr Aldous said:

“I am very pleased that the Bill has passed its final step of its legislative journey. I was delighted to have had the opportunity to bring forward reforms to the park home sector and to help protect an often vulnerable and elderly group of residents.

By preventing sale blocking and modernising the site licensing regime, a real difference will be made to the lives of park home owners across the country.

I particularly welcome the cross-party support that the Bill has received from Members of both Houses and I thank everyone who has contributed to the Bill’s success, in particular Richard Best who guided the Bill through the House of Lords..”

The main elements of the Bill will come into effect in May 2013 two months after enactment, whilst some clauses will be brought into force after March 2014 when the Government’s moratorium ends on new burdens on micro-businesses.

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Peter holds regular surgeries at various locations in the constituency. Please call 01502 586568 to make an appointment.

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