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Resolving disputes

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How disputes between mobile home occupiers and site owners can be resolved under the Mobile Homes Act 1983.

Disputes may arise between mobile home occupiers and site owners on a number of issues concerning termination of agreements, serving of the written statement or applications to vary or delete express terms of the agreement.

From 30 April 2011, the jurisdiction for most disputes was transferred from the county court to the Residential Property Tribunal.[1] From 1 July 2013, the jurisdiction moved to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).[2]

Alternatively disputes can go to an arbitrator when the agreement between the parties allows for it.[3] Representatives of site owners have established an arbitration scheme to resolve pitch fee disputes, administered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing between the court and an arbitrator. There are also mediation and other dispute resolution schemes available, and occupiers may seek legal advice before deciding.

The information on this page applies only to England. Go to Shelter Cymru for information relating to Wales.

[1] ss.4 and 5A Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended by Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Jurisdiction of Residential Property Tribunals) (England) Order 2011 SI 2011/1005.

[2] Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 SI 2013/1169; First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2013 SI 2013/1187; see also First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2014 SI 2014/1901.

[3] s.5(1)(a) Mobile Homes Act 1983.

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