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Mobile home owners to be given a fairer deal - Peter Black

2013 Medi 24 1:59 PM

The very first Private Member's Bill under the Assembly's new powers will this week become a reality if Assembly Members choose to vote through Peter Black AM's Mobile Homes Bill when it comes before them for its final stages on Wednesday.

In 2011 Peter Black was given the opportunity, through a Private Member's Ballot, to introduce legislation of his choice. He decided to introduce a Bill that would seek to protect people by bringing in fair, easy to use processes and clear rights for both mobile home residents and site owners.

This will be the first piece of legislation, that has been introduced through a Private Members Ballot, that has been passed in the fourth Assembly.

Peter Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West, said:

"I got into politics to make a difference to people's lives and that is exactly what this Bill will do.

"This Bill has always been about fairness and social justice. For too long mobile home residents have had a raw deal and not had the rights they deserve. Under the current law there is little protection for residents from unscrupulous park homes site owners; a minority of whom may exploit their position for personal gain. Problems can include poor site management and vetoing or deterring legitimate sales. My Bill will stop this unfairness.

"If voted through on Wednesday, Wales will have a new system that will protect people by bringing in fair, easy to use processes and clear rights for both residents and site owners. It will also develop a 'fit and proper' persons test for park home site owners, and a licensing system, so that park home owners can be confident that their site is effectively managed."