For many people the appeal of park home living is the sense of community that comes from living with people of a similar age. Often site rules do not allow children or pets for example and stipulate that residents must be over a certain age.
It is also true that incidents of burglary, theft and vandalism are rare on residential parks, there really is a sense of security, of looking after one another, of keeping an eye on who is coming and going and because most people are retired - homes are usually occupied throughout the day.
Many parks have their own social groups and resident’s associations which organise events for the benefit of the residents like coach outings, bingo, fish and chip suppers, BBQ’s etc, sometimes these can be informal groupings but in many cases they are what are called ‘Qualifying Resident’s Associations’ which means that over 50% of the residents have to be members and the site owner has to recognise them.
The relationship between the site owner and the residents is effectively one of landlord and tenant and this can create tensions and disputes, often in regard to site maintenance and pitch fees. This is often the reason for QRA’s being formed because they can negotiate with the site owner on behalf of residents.
To find out more about setting up a Qualifying Residents' Association download the Government Fact sheet here.
Paul Baker Insurance Services are keen to support events being organised by park home associations and social groups and to help those groups with (for example) the costs of producing newsletters, running an event, setting up a new association and organising meetings - we'll even come along and help and assist with speakers. More information can be found in this supporting document.
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