Changes to caravan licensing
The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 requires us to licence sites that have gained or are in the process of obtaining the required planning permission to operate as a recognised caravan, mobile home or park home site.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 introduces changes to site licences. It gives us more power to ensure better protection for occupiers of residential caravan and mobile homes on “relevant protected sites” or residential sites.
The changes have no impact on holiday caravan site licences.
Changes to the sale/gifting of park homes and site rules
This legislation introduced changes to the sale/gifting of park homes and amendments to existing implied terms relating to the annual pitch fee review procedure on parks. It is also intended that existing site rules will eventually be replaced with new site rules to be deposited with us.
Public Register of Deposited Site Rules
Site rules are different to site licence conditions and are put in place by the owner of a site to ensure acceptable standards are maintained which will be of benefit to occupiers or will promote community cohesion on the site. The new site rules deposited by owners will appear below:
Site Rules - Carlton Manor (PDF File, 151kb)
Site Rules - Fairholme and Fairfield Park (PDF File, 712kb)
Site Rules - Riverdale Park (PDF File, 153kb)
Site Rules - Sherwood Park (PDF File, 91kb)
Site Rules - Woodland and Birchwood Park (PDF File, 213kb)
Changes to licensing and the introduction of licence fees
We are allowed to charge a fee for our site licensing role, including applying for a site licence, for amendments or transfers of existing licences, and for an annual fee for existing site licences. Failure to pay the annual fee may eventually lead to the site licence being revoked.
Mobile Homes Act Fees Policy (PDF File, 368kb)
Changes to the enforcement of site licence breaches
We can serve compliance notices (subject to appeal) on site owners where site licence conditions are breached. These notices will set out what the site owner needs to do to correct the breaches and the timescales, and the notice may attract a fee. Failure to comply with the notice would be a criminal offence.
Further information on the above changes is available from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website
The Government has extended the role of the Leaseholder Advisory Service so that park home residents can contact them for help and advice. This will be particularly helpful for matters where we do not have a role such as site rules, pitch fees or the selling/gifting of park homes.
The Leasehold Advisory Service
020 7832 2525