From 1 October 2021 the owners of certain mobile homes (sometimes called Park Homes) sites in the Stafford Borough area will need to ensure that they, or a person who they appoint to manage the site, is a “Fit and Proper Person”.
We will be publishing a register of fit and proper people to manage mobile homes sites.
Site owners will need to take action before October to comply with the law.
What has changed?
The Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020 requires site owners to apply for inclusion onto a Register of Fit and Proper Persons.
This change applies to residential mobile homes sites that are not “non-commercial family-occupied sites”.
What do site owners need to do?
Between 1 July and 30 September Site owners will need to provide:
- A fully completed application form:
- A copy of a Criminal Records Check that is no more than six months old.
- Supporting evidence on site ownership and management as necessary for the individual site.
What will we do?
We will review the information in the application form and carry out checks as necessary so that we are satisfied that the applicant, or a person appointed to manage the site is a fit and proper person.
If we have concerns, we can apply registration conditions to ensure that effective management is in place or that any contravention or offence is not repeated.
If we believe that the applicant or their appointee are not “fit and proper” with or without conditions, we can refuse to accept that person onto the register. There is an appeal process against this decision and any decision to impose conditions on registration.
If a site is operated without a relevant person being registered, then the site owner may be committing a criminal offence that could lead to prosecution and ultimately removal of the licence to operate the site.
- The Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020
- Mobile homes: a guide for local authorities on the fit and proper person test