Mobile Homes: Policy and Practice

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23 June

Member: £184 | Affiliate member: £284 | Non member: £284

This one-day training workshop will explain the changes required by regulators in procedures and practice that have been brought about by the Mobile Homes Act 2013.

This legislation was brought in to strengthen the rights of mobile home owners and prevent widespread malpractice in the park homes sector. As a consequence, local authorities through the licensing changes are now able to focus more resource on this housing sector and use appropriate enforcement. 

This essential and interactive one-day training workshop will use a series of case studies to assist and enable delegates to apply this new legislation and implement the changes at a local level.

Why you should attend:

  • Gain an understanding of recent changes to park home regulations
  • Hear an overview of the Mobile Homes Act 2013 and explore its implications for local practice
  • Better understand the licensing regime
  • Consider how to set and maintain a practical fee structure and publish a policy
  • Learn about the application and transfer of licences including site rules
  • Explore the changes introduced to pitch fees and reviews
  • Learn about successful prosecution and enforcement using case studies
  • Explore the law around harassment and rogue operators

Who should attend:

Practitioners in:

  • Environmental Health
  • Housing
  • Enforcement
  • Licensing
▼ Programme 

Understanding the challenges and the new tools in The Housing and Planning Act 2016

09:00   Registration
09:30   Trainer Introduction
09:45   The background to the changes and the current legislation
  • CSCDA 60
  • Mobile Homes Act 83
  • An overview of the Mobile Homes Act 2013
  • Amendments made to the CSCDA 60
  • The new licensing regime
  • Options for setting fees
  • Publishing a policy
  • Fit and proper person
11.00   Break
11:15   Applying/transferring licences
  • Mechanisms
  • Application forms
Site rules
  • Scope
  • Publishing
  • Checks
Harassment and miscellaneous issues
  • Changes to the CSA 68
  • Industry guidance
  • Rogue operators
  • Gypsy and traveller sites
  • Guidance
  • Emergency remedial action/WID
  • Prosecution
13.00   Lunch
14.00   Enforcement – interactive session
  • Case discussions
16:00   Workshop debrief
16.15   Complete evaluations, collect 5 hrs 30 mins CPD and depart

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▼ Speaker 

Liz Webster  

Liz qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1990 at Leeds Polytechnic and shortly afterwards left Local Authority and moved to work for a firm of solicitors in Birmingham. Here she carried out inspections and attended court for actions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

In 2000, she joined North Lincolnshire Council where she now manages the operational housing service, which includes the licensing of Park Homes. Prior to the introduction of the Housing Act 2004, Liz was one of the trainers for Warwick University on the HHSRS and Enforcement - part 1 of the Act. In addition, Liz also went back to lecture at Leeds on the Bsc and Msc Environmental Health courses on housing issues for a number of years. She is a member of the LGA Private Sector Housing Group that meets to discuss national and local Housing issues and any Government proposed policy changes and a member of the Park Homes Working Group. She also sits on the recently formed CIEH Housing Experts panel.

Sarah Cairns 

Sarah qualified in 1991 from Nottingham Trent as an EHO and then spent a year in South Holland DC and 16 years at Mansfield DC as an EHO/Senior EHO in food and health and safety. Since 2008 she has been in her present role at Rushcliffe BC as Protection and Safety Manager managing the Food, Health and Safety, Private Sector Housing and Environmental Protection functions.

Dealing with the numerous issues with the Park homes sites in the Borough, forms part of her work. She was a member of the DCLG working group who produced guidance on the mobile homes legislation including enforcement tools and fee setting arrangements.

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