Mobile Homes - Fit and proper person
On 23 September 2020, the Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020 was made requiring all mobile home site owners to complete a fit and proper person test.
The site owner must apply to the local authority for the relevant person (either themselves or the site manager), to be included on a register of fit and proper persons. A site owner may only apply if they hold or have applied for a site licence for that site. The same requirements apply where the owner or the site manager is not an individual, such as a park owned or managed by a company. The applicant seeking entry on the register will need a basic DBS certificate (dated no more than 6 months before the date of the application) and this must be included with the application. The DBS certificate must be from an approved supplier. Information about how to arrange a DBS check can be found on the Government's website.
From 1 July 2021 and by 1 October 2021 all site owners must submit an application for a relevant person to be assessed as fit and proper persons. A person operating a site who fails to comply with the fit and proper person test is guilty of a criminal offence and, on summary conviction, would be liable to a fine up to level 5 (unlimited). There is currently no fee required to submit an application for the 2021/22 period.