SCOPHRA AIMS 2023
SCOPHRA’S aims for 2023 are as below. Join us and help us achieve these aims...
1.0 Raise awareness of SCOPHRA, with park home residents throughout Scotland
2.0 Raise awareness of park home issues with MSPs, Councillors and local authorities
3.0 Seek the formation of a Cross-Party Parliamentary Group on Mobile Homes in the current Scottish Parliament
4.0 Seek consistency throughout Scotland in respect of site licence conditions.
5.0 Seek the introduction of licence conditions that enforce the Mobile Homes (Written Statement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013.
6.0 Regularise park rules either as licence conditions or legislation to parallel the English legislation the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014
7.0 Seek serious action against holiday site owners selling homes as permanent residences. Some buyers have incurred massive personal losses in this regard.
8.0 Seek Tribunal or Arbitration facilities for park homes e.g. giving the existing Scottish Housing Tribunal the powers to include park home issues
9.0 Seek to have the commission on park home sales abolished. This outdated form of feudal payment only serves to distort the housing market. Park Homes are cheaper at first purchase compared to traditional homes, but the imposition of a commission charge (often a five-figure sum) later really only increases the original price. Surely it would be better to price the homes accordingly at irst purchase. The commission element puts many quality buyers off!
10.0 Have the annual pitch fee increase linked to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI). The majority of park home residents are of state pension age and the state pension is linked to CPI, not RPI (RPI increase in 2022 - 7.5% / State Pension increase 3.5%)
From Scottish Government:
Ministers intend to carry out a post implementation review of the Residential Mobile Homes Site Licencing scheme, as recommended by the LGCC, before the end of this Parliament. The review will provide a structure to look at some of our concerns contained in our aims above.