Saturday, February 4, 2023

4th February 2023


House of Lords  3rd February 2023
Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Bill

This important Bill to change the increase to the pitch fee from RPI to CPI, has been successfully campaigned for since 2014 by the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign. It has been steered through the House of Commons by Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP and yesterday, 3rd February 2023, passed its 2nd reading in the House of Lords, moved by Lord Udny-Lister.  It is now at committee stage and moving closer to Royal Assent. (hopefully in the very near future.)

We, the members of the JUSTICE Campaign changed the law to stop Sale Blocking and now we are on the way to changing the law again.

Congratulations to you all
Sonia

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Friday, January 13, 2023

Friday 13th January 2023

 LATEST UPDATE

which you should be able to watch on the parliament TV channel.

The bill to change RPI to CPI

mobile homes : 1 event

Upcoming Business - Lords: Main Chamber 

3 Feb 2023

Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Bill – second reading – Lord Udny-Lister. Legislation; 10:00 am

Thursday, January 12, 2023

12th January 2023

 



REGISTRATION for  ( PHOLRA )  the new
Park Home-Owners LAW REFORM Association
can now be made online at:

Very soon, there will be a secure online area for subscriptions.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

5th January 2023

 

Park Home Owners LAW Reform Association

Until the new association can be fully operational, updates on the RPI to CPI change.  the 10% Commission Charge.  The £400 energy payment and other points of interest to park home residents will be posted on this page.

The letter below has been sent to all those who have applied for membership of PHOLRA (the new association.)

Dear prospective member of PHOLRA     (Park Home Owners LAW Reform Association)

As promised, we write to thank you for the interest that you have shown in becoming a member of what we feel sure will be a new robust association that will endeavour to tackle the many problems that exist in park home living - now and in the future.

PHOLRA`s `Mission Statement` includes the following:

Concluding the PHOJC RPI to CPI agreement. Reviewing the independent sales commission report and ending equity theft * Changing the scandal of the park owner annual pitch fee bonanza * Regularising utility supplies and ensuring independence and free market access, whilst investigating the possibilities of forming regional or national companies that can negotiate and secure best prices for utilities.

*Changing the law so that site infrastructures, maintenance and repairs become obligatory. Providing greater powers to Local Authorities that they are required to engage, including unannounced site visits and the use of Fixed Penalty Notices* Ending the use of concealed short-term leases and ensuring contractual transparency *Tackling fraud and ensuring criminal prosecutions

*The urgent removal of exploitative regimes*Tackling Local Authority avoidances of transparency * The declassification of residential Park Homes as caravans and chattels * Making qualifying Residents Associations effective by enforced recognition

*Providing regularly updated information *The creation of a network of pro bono legal representation for worst abuse cases


PHOLRA is being set up as a voluntary non profit making association.   Our new professional website has been built and will include a facility for members to pay their annual subscription online.  For those who do not have access to a  computer, we will offer an alternative means for payment. 

From the outset, PHOLRA will be a professional voluntary association that pushes boundaries and creates a path for others to continue its work in future years.  Therefore, a registered office address is being sought.  A business bank account is being set up.  A constitution written along with the enrollment of team members who will help to take it forward.  PHOLRA will be totally transparent.  Its website informative and its accounts will be  published annually. 

 As you will appreciate, all this takes time and we have to work within the timeframe needed by the outside bodies who are involved in the set up.  However, we are confident that  all will be legally completed by the spring of 2023 when PHOLRA will be officially operational.  As they say: " if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well."

We are pleased and honoured to announce that Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Father of the House of Commons, has agreed to be the Patron of  PHOLRA.  With Sir Peter's help, we have an ear and a voice within Westminster that will help to bring the reforms that are needed.

Due to the unforeseen delay caused by outside bodies, the PHOJC website that was due to be removed on 3rd January has been left in place.  It will continue to show updates on the current  RPI situation.  Any change to the 10% and the £400 energy payment until  the PHOLRA website  can become operational.

We are totally aware of the RPI to CPI situation and a letter has been sent to Sir Peter  Bottomley MP, requesting that he asks if an amendment can be made to Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP's Bill that is currently in the House of Lords.  That amendment, if honoured, could take into consideration that many Residents have had RPI added to their pitch fees before the promised law change to CPI takes place.  Updates on this and any other relevant matters will be transcended to you through  PHOJC the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign website and database. 

As PHOJC is a current stakeholder at the APPG for Park Homes.  The APPG Chairman (Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP will be informed that PHOJC will be moving to another level and a request will be made that the new association PHOLRA be allowed to represent park home residents as a stakeholder at APPG meetings after its launch.

The wheels of change are turning and we will write to you all again prior to the launch of PHOLRA  and invite you to join us as we embark on this new venture.  

Although we are very happy with those team members who are already onboard, we are still looking for persons who will be prepared to work tirelessly as part of our team.  If you think that might be you or you have any specific skill sets.  Please contact the Park Home Owners LAW Reform Association at:
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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

13th December 2022

 Happy Christmas a Happy New Year and

Farewell

From the 

National Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign

web site

that will be removed on January 3rd 2023.

 

Many residents have always thought that a team ran the JUSTICE Campaign.  That is not true.  Apart from the help of John, who has religiously updated the website, I am chief cook, bottlewasher and I make the tea.  I would now like to pay tribute to John (who has always preferred to remain anonymous.)  Without him, I could not have got our message to the thousands of park home residents - without whom - our campaign would not have changed the law to stop

 SALE BLOCKING that was at epidemic levels in our country.

 

Why is PHOJC closing?  I believe the time has come for it to expand as there is so much more to tackle.  Therefore, it is moving to the next level.  It will have a new Website that is already under construction.  I am pleased to say that 

Tony Turner of PHPF and I will be heading the new Association and there will be other team members.  Like every other organisation, it needs to be funded and an annual £10 per home will be made for membership.

 

We have already been inundated with applications for membership 

but you can still apply to phojc1sm@gmail.com and ferrier57@btinternet.com

 All prospective members will be contacted in the New Year.

 

As the residential Park Homes market evolves, so must the laws that are in place to ensure proper and effective regulation. Whilst successive governments have improved and introduced some new legislation to outlaw a number of exploitative practices, it has not kept up with the expansions of the sector and has missed opportunities.  What we need is an organisation that is dedicated to responding to the many remaining problems and in driving positive changes.


Our new Association ( Name to be released in the New Year)  will take forward what is needed, prioritising the problems that affect us the most – and providing information that is vital to both prospective buyers and those already committed and living on residential parks, whether operated as they should be, or otherwise. Critically, its members will be involved as best they are able and if less so, will still be able to participate.


Sir Peter Bottomley MP and Father of the House of Commons has agreed to be the Patron of the new Association that will open in the New Year.


There was always a need for a coordinated and professionalised organisation to quickly become a force to be reckoned with - and - importantly an organisation that can be taken forward and remain in place for all park home owners who have the right to undisturbed lives, to fairness, deserved respect and laws and regulations that are not just in place but are enforced and effective.  There is no better time, when there is growing Government support for a much better market, where the rogues who believe they are a law only to themselves have continued to expand.


You, the members of PHOJC have done your job well and our ethos is moving to the next level. 

 As one door closes, another opens. 


Our New Association’s name will be announced shortly, and the future looks bright.

After the New Year, the wheels that are now being attached and oiled will begin to turn and the journey will begin.


Thank you for all your past support and I wish you all a Happy Christmas  a Happy Healthy New Year and I hope you will join our New Association.

Sonia

4th February 2023

House of Lords  3rd February 2023 Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Bill This important Bill to change the increase to the pitch fee from RPI to CPI...