New rights for mobile home owners
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
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Mobile home owners are to be given new rights to sell their properties through estate agents and solicitors, the Scottish government's housing minister has announced.
Margaret Burgess also said that it is to become compulsory for park owners to show residents any shared bills on request.
Additionally, legislation on when a park owner can enter a resident’s property has been tightened.
Around 3,500 households live permanently in mobile or ‘park’ homes across Scotland.
The minister said: “Through public consultations it became apparent that there was increasing evidence that the legislation needed to be strengthened in order to protect the welfare of residents.
“While the majority of park owners provide an ethical and fair service, previous legislation allowed unscrupulous owners to take advantage of residents, many of which are elderly.
"Previous laws meant that owners could only sell their property if the park owner approved the prospective purchaser. There was also no legislation in place when it came to seeing bills shared with other residents."