Housing Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis introduced the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Jurisdiction of Residential Property Tribunals) (Wales) Order 2012, which will now see the means for resolving disputes transfer from the County Courts or arbitration to the Residential Property Tribunal (RPT). The RPT currently deals with disputes in the private rented sector.
The Minister said:
"I am very pleased that the Order has been passed. For some time, the current methods of adjudicating on disputes has been seen as inhibiting access to justice for many because of expense, formality of proceedings and delay associated with arbitration or a court hearing.
"Disputes will now be dealt with by a low cost and informal tribunal, such as that which operates in other parts of the private housing market. I’m sure this will be welcome news for park home residents in Wales, many of whom are retired and have decided to live in this type of accommodation to fully enjoy the benefits of retirement. "
The Order does not include Gypsy and Traveller sites as these are not included in the definition of ‘protected sites’. There is a commitment in ‘Travelling to a Better Future, A Gypsy and Traveller Framework for Action’ to make this legislation. A full consultation will be held to determine where jurisdiction for handling disputes relating to Gypsies and Travellers living on local authority sites should lie.. Subject to the outcome of that consultation, amendments to the regulations may be necessary to include these sites.