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10% Commission Campaign update

5 February 2018|Paul Baker

Dear Justice Campaign Member

This is the very last push that we can all make to get the changes that you as Justice Campaign Members have been fighting for since 2013.

Together, we have fought for an Independent and Transparent review to bring about a change to the 10% Commission Charge and to get the RPI annual increase to your pitch fee increase changed from RPI to CPI.

Hundreds of Residents have given of their time and money to represent thousands of Park Home Residents at our rallies in London. Many of you have aired your views in the Palace of Westminster and you have made a difference. Many MPs and Peers have listened and are onside.

You have spent hours gathering names on petition forms (40,000) of them and they have been delivered to Downing Street, which brought about a Parliamentary Debate in which all MPs voted unanimously for an Independent Review.

You did this and you have also written countless letters to your MPs.  Even if some seemed distant, You have made your mark.

After successfully getting the law changed to stop the Approval of the Buyer in the selling process, many of you asked if we could do something aboutthe 10% Commission Charge. I said we would try and we have now done more than that, together, our JUSTICE Campaign has got RPI to CPI listed in the consultation documents.

Now this is your very last chance for a long time to get the 10% commission charge changed.

Mr. Skeoch has said the 10% will be considered when reviewing the responses.

We must all make sure that it is.

The 16th of February is looming and marks the deadline for submissions to Part 2 of the Consultation Review and responses.

PLEASE COPY THE LETTER BELOW TO ALL ON YOUR PARK AND ASK THEM TO SEND IT  THIS WEEK TO THE PARK HOMES TEAM ADDRESS ON THE LETTER - AND PLEASE WOULD YOU ALSO SEND A COPY OF IT TO YOUR OWN MP.  IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR MPs ADDRESS, SEND IT TO HIM/HER AT:

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

To back you all up and to do what I can on behalf of our JUSTICE Campaign, I have made a submission to Part 2 of the consultation which included the letter below and our anecdotal statistics.  This week a copy of those anecdotal statistics, gathered from park home residents regarding the annual finances of the site owners will be sent to every MP and many Peers.

Over the last four years, together, as a JUSTICE Campaign, we have raised the bar on subjects they thought were dead and buried.  Yes, there is still much to achieve in the park home industry but the 10% and RPI to CPI is what we have been working towards and now is the time and indeed your last chance for a very long time to make it happen.

If you have not already sent your letter, lets concentrate on getting the action that we want and may I ask you all to make this one last effort and send the letter below to the Park Homes Team and to your MP.

Thank you for all your support and best wishes

Sonia 

Your Address here

Date 

Park Homes Team,

Better Rented & Leasehold Sector Division,

DCLG, 3rd Floor (NE), Fry Building,

2 Marsham Street,

London SW1P 4DF 

Dear Sirs

Re: Additional submission to Part 2 of the Consultation Review.

Call for a review of the 10% Commission Charge

At the Sale of Park Homes debate on 30th October 2014; MPs debating the need for an Independent and Transparent Review of the 10% Commission Charge unanimously voted as shown in the exert from HANSARD below

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House calls on the Government to set up a review of the current fee of up to 10 per cent of the sale price of a park home payable to the park home site owner.

At the APPG meeting on Wednesday 13th September 2017.  It was quoted in the minutes that:

“The Chairman asked when the APPG would know whether the Minister would take on board a further review of commission. Mr Skeoch said that this was not in the scope of Part 2 of the review of the Mobile Homes Act 2013, but Ministers were aware that there was a call for a review of commission and that would be considered when reviewing the responses. If there was anything to be done on commission, there would be a separate consultation. “

As a Park Home Resident, when you review the responses to Part 2 of the review of the Mobile Homes Act 2013; I now make it known to you that I want Government to honour the will of MPs at the 30th October 2014 debate and to set up an Independent and transparent review (that includes sight of site owners accounting) of the current fee of up to 10 per cent of the sale price of a park home payable to the park home site owner.  I understand that the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign has sent anecdotal evidence of the site owners income to Ministers and that copies will be sent to every MP.  As Mr. Skeoch has said this will be considered when reviewing the responses; I inform you that I want the call for a review of the 10% commission to be considered when reviewing the responses; this to be followed by a separate consultation leading to an Independent and transparent review of the 10% commission charge.

In addition, I make it known that I want the RPI increase to the annual pitch fee to be changed to CPI which is inline with pension increase and already enjoyed by park home residents in Wales.

The Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign has sent you a copy of the anecdotal statistics gathered from park home residents regarding the financial income of site owners.  These statistics will be sent this week to every MP in Parliament and I will be sending my MP a copy of this letter.

Yours sincerely