Barrister Ibraheem Dulmeer – www.parkhomeslaw.com – answers the second half of common residents’ questions about park home living
Those involved in the park home world often have questions that affect their way of life. Ibraheem has answered 5 more questions in 2021, which are outlined below and he sincerely hopes the reader finds these interesting and useful.
Q1. Do I need a legal expert to buy a park home? Why?
A: Whether you are choosing to buy a new park home (directly from a site owner) or a pre-owned park home, spending your life savings on your home may feel daunting. Therefore, receiving the correct legal guidance and advice will give you the reassurance and peace of mind that you need.
The Government states that buyers and sellers are strongly advised to take legal advice from a legal professional who is independent from the seller, buyer or site owner.
Q2. If I buy a park home from a site owner what additional legal protections do I have?
A: The Consumer Rights Act 2015 provides additional legal protections such as ensuring the park home is of: “satisfactory quality”, “fit for purpose” and “as described”.
The park home should not be faulty or damaged when a park home owner purchases it. A park home owner should ask what a reasonable person would consider satisfactory for the park home in question. For example, a luxury park home advertised as having a high-end finish should not have an incomplete finish.
“Fit for purpose”
The park home should be fit for the purpose it is supplied for, this includes any specific purpose the park home owner has made known to the site owner before purchase. An obvious example will be that the park home must be fit for occupation throughout the year, in both summer and winter and fit for the location in which it is intended to be sited.
The buyer should have regard to brochures and any public statements, as these may be relied on to evidence that the goods do not match the description given. This may be the type of evidence that the courts rely on. Park home owners may wish to keep a print-out of website materials used to sell the park home to them. It’s sensible to obtain direct confirmation from the seller that the home matches the website description before the purchase is concluded; which is why it is essential to obtain independent legal advice when purchasing a park home
Ibraheem Dulmeer, Barrister of Normanton Chambers is a specialist in Park Home Matters. He has expert knowledge of this legislation within this sector and his experience will provide individuals or companies with all of the necessary information, guidance and how they might be impacted by the new Regulations. Ibraheem is qualified under the “Direct Public Access Scheme” which permits him to accept instructions directly from the public, be it a company or individual.
Freephone: 0300 0300 218
The information provided in this article serves as a useful guidance. Please note that this is not intended to be comprehensive and should not be relied on in substitution for specific advice. If in doubt, you could seek specific advice from Ibraheem Dulmeer, who specialises in this area of law. This material should not be replicated without the author’s consent. Ibraheem Dulmeer © 2021
Have a legal issue and need some guidance? Write to Ibraheem (no more than 100 words) and he will pick five questions at random and provide some free legal pointers in an upcoming issue of PH&HC!
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Read the full story in the November 2021 issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan