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House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee

Park Homes First Report of Session 2012–13 Volume I

HC 177-I

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee

Park Homes First Report of Session 2012–13 Volume I: Report, together with formal minutes Volume II: Oral and written evidence Additional written evidence is contained in Volume III, available on the Committee website at Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 11 June 2012

HC 177-I (Incorporating HC 1865-i–iv, Session 2010–12) Published on 20 June 2012 by authority of the House of Commons London: The Stationery Office Limited £0.00

The Communities and Local Government Committee The Communities and Local Government Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Current membership Mr Clive Betts MP (Labour, Sheffield South-East) (Chair) Heidi Alexander MP (Labour, Lewisham East) Bob Blackman MP (Conservative, Harrow East) Simon Danczuk MP Rochdale (Labour, Rochdale) Bill Esterson MP (Labour, Sefton Central) Stephen Gilbert MP (Liberal Democrat, St Austell and Newquay) David Heyes MP (Labour, Ashton under Lyne) George Hollingbery MP (Conservative, Meon Valley) James Morris MP (Conservative, Halesowen and Rowley Regis) Mark Pawsey MP (Conservative, Rugby) Heather Wheeler MP (Conservative, South Derbyshire) Powers The committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No 152. These are available on the internet via Publication The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet at A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume. The Reports of the Committee, the formal minutes relating to that report, oral evidence taken and some or all written evidence are available in a printed volume. Additional written evidence may be published on the internet only. Committee staff The current staff of the Committee are Glenn McKee (Clerk), Edward White (Second Clerk), Kevin Maddison (Committee Specialist), Emily Gregory (Senior Committee Assistant), Mandy Sullivan (Committee Assistant), Stewart McIlvenna, (Committee Support Assistant) and Hannah Pearce (Media Officer). Contacts All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Communities and Local Government Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 1234; the Committee’s email address is [email protected]

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Contents Report



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The park home industry Our inquiry Problems in the park home industry Government Consultation This report

Sale blocking Scale of the problem of sale blocking Prevention of sale blocking Immediate measures for the Residential Property Tribunal The 10% commission on sales

Park home licensing Fines for site owners Licence Fee Enforcement action and recovery of costs

Fit and proper person test Purpose of a fit and proper person test Options for a fit and proper person scheme Drawbacks to a fit and proper person scheme Our conclusions

Agreements between home owners and site owners Legislative Framework Park Home Owners’ Problems Defining Site Owners’ Obligations Site Rules Pitch Fee increases Publicity and awareness of obligations


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