Currently, residents of these sites have limited protection from eviction. The proposed changes should provide the same level of security of tenure for Gypsies and Travellers as is enjoyed by other Welsh residents of Mobile Home Parks.
The consultation also proposes changes to the terms that these residents can expect when living on these sites. These include:
- clarity over the procedure for repairs
- changes to the jurisdiction for resolving disputes
- regulating pitch fee changes
- rules relating to how pitch ownership can change hands.
Jane Hutt said:
"We want to change the law in Wales to make sure that Gypsies and Travellers are protected from unfair eviction from their homes. We plan to make Councils fully explain to the court why they think a Gypsy or Traveller should be evicted from one of their sites. If the court disagrees, the family won’t be evicted.
"By strengthening the rights of Gypsies and Travellers we can make sure that Gypsies’ and Travellers’ Human Rights are protected and that they are not unfairly evicted. We are also making sure that Councils are able to manage sites well, so that everyone who lives on these sites is treated fairly."