New measures to protect residents at mobile home sites

10:39, Tuesday, 7th September 2021

Owners and licence holders of mobile home sites must apply to North Lincolnshire Council to be added to a new local register before the September deadline.

Under new Government regulations, a site owner must apply to their local authority for themselves or their appointed manager, to be included in the local register of fit and proper persons to manage a site.

The new requirement applies to owners of residential park home sites, with the application process considering previous conduct, site maintenance and experience, among other considerations.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Creating and maintaining the register of site managers will enable us to better protect residents of mobile home sites, who are often elderly or need additional support.

“A Government review found examples of site managers disregarding the law, harassing and financially exploiting residents. This will not be tolerated in North Lincolnshire and we will do everything we can to ensure that people are supported to live safe and well in their homes.”

After completing the application, the council will determine whether the relevant person is a fit and proper person to manage the site. If the application is approved, they will then be added to the public register for a maximum of five years.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – rural, said: “This application process will further improve the standards of park home site management.

“Having a fit and proper person in a management position will also bring real peace of mind to residents of the mobile home sites, in the knowledge that the person is well equipped to run sites effectively.

“I would urge owners or license holders of park home sites to submit their applications as quickly as possible to avoid penalties”

Complete an application form on the North Lincolnshire Council website, where you will also be able to access further guidance and eligibility criteria.

The charge for processing an application is £256, and applications need to be submitted before the 30 September 2021 deadline.

Failure to comply with inclusion on the register, or providing false information is a criminal offence, which risks an unlimited fine.