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The Independent Park Home Advisory Service

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News and Useful Information

Call To Action from the Justice Campaign
The longstanding issue of RPI to CPI and the removal of the 10% commission charged when residents sell their homes.
How much do you know about LPG safety.
The Health & Safety executive provide information regarding your rights and the safety standards on residential parks.
Warm Homes Discount Scheme
The 2020 scheme has now closed due to high demand.
Scam Warning To Park Home Owners
Fire Exit Door Scam
Paying Your Annual Membership Fee
Help us to reduce the amount of paper we use. See Headlines for link to the information you will need.
Latest On Energy and Green Homes Grants
Important Tribunal Decisions
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Tom Goswell and other residents.
Fit and Proper Person Test (England)
Comes into force on 1st July 2021.
Green Homes Grant Scheme
This Scheme is still open
Bill Calls For Improved Protection
Changes to the Mobile Homes Act 1983
Rogue Traders
Beware of rogue tradesmen on Park Home Sites
The Park Homes Warm Home Discount Scheme
Closed due to oversubscription.
The Green Homes Grant
This scheme opened at the end of September and is due to close on 31st March 2021.
Can You Please Help Our Petition?
Park Homes Policy Forum Petition Prevent the costs of the fit and proper persons test being added to residents pitch fees.
IPHAS Volunteer Administrators Required
We are ALWAYS on the lookout for more volunteer team members but right now, we have an urgent requirement for volunteers that can help run our Membership Administration.
Retirement Of Team Leaders
ALAN SAVORY, DAVID TWEDDLE AND SHEILA ALDOUS RETIRES
Lord Graham Of Edmonton
SAD NEWS OF LORD TED

LORD GRAHAM OF EDMONTON
26 March 1925 - 21 March 2020

Park home residents throughout this country have reason to mourn the loss of a very great man who worked tirelessly (and with considerable success) to improve their lives. That man was Lord Graham of Edmonton – known affectionately by many as ‘Lord Ted of Ed’ (a title he chose himself!), who died on 21 March this year.
The son of a meat porter, Ted Graham was brought up in Newcastle and left school at 14. However, education was very important to him and he studied hard throughout his life, eventually gaining a B.A. from the Open University (the first MP to do so).
Having always taken a keen interest in politics, he became a councillor in Enfield in 1960, going on to become its leader, and he served as leader of the new London Borough of Enfield upon its creation in 1964. He became the Labour MP for the constituency in 1974 and subsequently served as the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Consumer Affairs. On his elevation to the peerage, he served as a Lords Commissioner to the Treasury (Senior Whip), Opposition front-bench spokesman on Sport, Defence and Northern Ireland and Opposition Chief Whip from 1990-1997.
Lord Graham first became involved with park homes when the 1983 Mobile Homes Act went through its various parliamentary stages. At the time, Lord Graham was deputy to Gerard Kaufman, MP, Shadow Environment Secretary and was alerted to the problems in the park homes sector which he said were exceedingly serious. Residents’ lives did improve as a result of the 1983 legislation. However, Lord Graham noted that park owners had changed rapidly. Whereas they had once been family businesses, large companies had become involved, with the result that the personal touch between park owner and resident had, for the most part, been lost.
Much later, in 1998, the Government took significant and continuous action to address abuses on mobile home parks and, appreciating the need to review this sector on a regular basis, Lord Graham set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Welfare of Park Home Owners (APPG). This group comprised MPs from all parties, representatives from the park homes industry and national residents’ associations (including IPHAS and NAPHR). It met regularly to discuss the various problems that were arising on parks, but it wasn’t until 2010, when Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP attended an APPG meeting, and subsequently announced his intention to introduce secondary legislation. Peter Aldous MP was successful in the private members’ bill ballot and the legislation went ahead rapidly.
MPs attending APPG meetings have often been contacted by their constituents about individual problems on their parks, and Lord Graham always tried to ensure that these were debated and fully investigated.
Although Lord Ted was the driving force in the APPG, he was, in fact, the secretary. The chairman was initially Hilton Dawson MP who was then followed by other MPs. Sadly, a heart attack followed by a period of ill health resulted in Lord Graham handing over the reins of the APPG to Annette Brook MP, and when she retired, two elections ago, the APPG was taken over by Sir Christopher Chope MP. Even though he was no longer actively involved, Lord Ted continued to take a keen interest in the APPG and park homes generally.
Lord Graham died on Saturday, 21 March. His final few years were spent happily in a care home where he particularly enjoyed tending the plants in the greenhouse.
Our sincere condolences go to Lord Graham’s family, many friends and former colleagues. IPHAS team members have their own personal memories of Lord Ted, who was the organisation’s vice-president. IPHAS president, Joan Aylott, and her husband Ernie (who founded IPHAS more than 25 years ago along with the late Roy and Beryl Waite) have particularly fond memories of Lord Ted’s help and enthusiasm and his understanding of the complexities of this unique branch of the housing industry. Joan and Ernie’s son, Rus (also an IPHAS team member) has expressed sincere condolences on the loss of a great man who had contributed so much. Senior consultant, Alan Savory had enjoyed more contact with Lord Ted than most of the IPHAS team through attendance at various London meetings and he always found him helpful, courteous and full of ideas for ways in which residents’ lives could be improved. Many other IPHAS team members were aware of Lord Ted’s immense contribution and are greatly mourning the loss of ‘our vice-president’. They all appreciated Lord Ted’s even-handedness. He always took the view that there are two sides to every story and that park owners are running businesses and are entitled to make profits, but it was important, too, for them to exercise a duty of care to those living on their parks and not to exploit them.
Rest easy, Lord Ted. Your contribution to life in this country has been immense and one particular group – park home residents – will never forget what you achieved in improving their lifestyles.

Fit And Proper Person Test
CONSULTATION ON 'FIT AND PROPER PERSON' TEST
External Publications
The following are the links to download information regarding legislation - Government forms etc.
Selling Your Mobile Home
DO YOU NEED A LAWYER
Buying A Mobile Home
DO YOU NEED A LAWYER?
FTT Decision - Trees
Data Protection Policy
Selling Packs
SELLING OR GIFTING A PARK HOME
Are You An Internet User?
Boiler And Heating Upgrades
IPHAS members encouraged to look before they leap when it comes to boiler and heating upgrades
Cladding On Park Homes
INFORMATION ON CLADDING FROM THE INSTALLERS
Site License Fee In Pitch Fee
CAN THE ANNUAL SITE LICENCE FEE BE INCLUDED IN THE PITCH FEE REVIEW?
Motor Accidents
Motor accidents on parks
Warranties
DO YOU HAVE A WARRANTY ON GOODS IN YOUR HOME?
IPHAS Membership Certificate
Appliance Safety Initiative
REGISTER YOUR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE
Advisors Are Volunteers
All IPHAS Advisors are volunteers working from their homes.
Park Rules Regulations
THE PROCEDURE FOR MAKING NEW PARK RULES
Pitch Fee Review
FORM TO BE USED WITH PITCH FEE REVIEW NOTICE
Government Fact Sheets Issued
The Department of Communities and Local Government have a number of Factsheets on park homes.
Commission In Wales
Welsh proposal to reduce commission withdrawn
Advice From Lease
YOU CAN GET ADVICE FROM LEASE
The July Advisor Is Here
The July 2020 issue of the Advisor is available
Disclaimer
PLEASE NOTE - The IPHAS team offer information on residents rights under mobile home legislation. Including buying and selling homes on residential parks.
The advice and recommendations given in letters and publications is for information only and it is for the resident to make his/her own decision on action to be taken.
The IPHAS team members are not lawyers but volunteers who have made a study of the relevant legislation.
The advice is offered in good faith but IPHAS cannot be held responsible for the consequences of any action taken by a resident, whether or not it was based on information given.

PRESIDENT: Joan Aylott

VICE PRESIDENT: Currently Vacant