Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding pitch fees for park home residents.
As you can imagine I have many constituents here in West Lindsey who live in park homes so they write to me fairly regularly about the various issues they are facing.
My friend Sir Christopher Chope MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill to change the fee review inflationary index from the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI).
This change is a long-standing Government commitment and I’m pleased to see that the Government are now supporting Chris’s bill, just as I do.
I know that many park home residents will join me in welcoming the introduction of this Bill to Parliament.
CPI will be applied to all pitch fee reviews where the pitch fee review notice is served on or after the day that the Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Bill comes into force.
The Bill also makes clear that site owners cannot pass the difference between the RPI and CPI increase on to mobile home owners.
The First-tier Tribunal must deem unreasonable any amount included by site owners to compensate them for the financial loss arising from the RPI-to-CPI change, whether real or anticipated.
Already, residents and park owners can apply to the First-tier Tribunal if they cannot agree on an appropriate pitch fee.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
EDWARD LEIGH MP