If you’re thinking about making the move from ‘bricks and mortar’ to a mobile home park it’s important that you do your homework. Critically though, if you are planning to live in a park home it’s essential that you buy on a full residential site. In this article we highlight some key pointers that you should think about.
Park Home is the commonly used term for a mobile home that is located on a protected site. Park homes are a unique form of homeownership – Unlike a traditional property, a park homeowner owns the structure of the home itself but not the ground it is located on. Instead of owning the land the home sits on most park homeowners rent a pitch from a site owner. The pitch fee is typically paid monthly, but this can vary from site to site.
The owner of the park home site must have planning permission and a site licence issued by the local authority. The site licence will state whether the site is a holiday site or fully residential. In some instances, the licence may allow both permanent and holiday homes.
Mobile homes law gives a number of rights and protections to park homeowners who occupy their home as their only or main residence if it is situated on a protected site. A protected site is a privately owned park where the relevant planning permission or site licence allows the land to be occupied wholly, or in part, for year-round residential use.
CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK
If you want the park to be your permanent residential home you should look for a full residential licence – don’t assume that a 12-month holiday licence is the same, it may not be. Some holiday parks advertise ‘year-round occupancy’ and ’12-month licences’. However, you will not be afforded the same protection when buying on a residential or as it’s referred to – a ‘protected site’. Check the site licence, written agreement, and park rules carefully before signing.
GET SOME ADVICE!
Don’t just search the internet. Make sure you speak to a solicitor about the terms and the sale. If you choose to use a solicitor, which is strongly recommended, you should find a firm that is independent from the seller or park owner. Search the internet for a solicitor with experience of park homes. For preliminary advice on buying or selling permanent residential park homes, contact the Park Homes Advice team at LEASE on 020 7832 2525.
GET A SURVEY DONE
If you are planning to buy a park home we recommend that you instruct a specialist park home surveyor to undertake a report. This isn’t compulsory, but is the only way to give an accurate assessment of the condition of any park home you are looking to buy.
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This short guide is a very brief overview of just a few things that you might want to consider when buying a park home. It is by no means exhaustive. Please visit LEASE – they provide free advice on fully residential park homes and leasehold law. They are an independent body, and only advise leaseholders and park home owners. https://parkhomes.lease-advice.org/
Current owners are often a good source of advice and local knowledge