What You’ll Need to Know
Moving to any new home can be a daunting experience, particularly when that means moving away from what you’re used to. If you’ve been considering moving to a residential park home as your permanent home, or if you’re interested in keeping up to date with all of the legalities and government provided information, we’ve collated them all here for you to read through in your own time.
Simply click the headings below to expand on the information you can find in the attachments and links provided – and if there’s anything else you need to know about purchasing your first park home, simply get in touch today.
Mobile Home Act 2013
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 – Government Legislation
This new law gives more rights to people who live in their own home on a protected site. The most important changes make it easier for you to sell your home on the open market, without interference from the owner of the park where you live. The changes came into effect on 26 May 2013 and have seen park home living become increasingly popular since. If you’d like to know more about the Mobile Home Act 2013, call us today on 01746 541 941.
Pitch Fees and Other Payments to the Site Owner
Before a site owner can enter into an agreement with a person allowing that person to live in a home pitched on his or her site he or she must give the proposed occupant a written statement that sets out certain information, including the express and implied terms of the agreement.
The agreement terms include the obligation on the part of the resident to pay a pitch fee to the site owner. Pitch fees are sometimes called ‘rent’ or ‘ground rent’ but this fact sheet uses the term ‘pitch fee’ throughout. The pitch fee is the amount required to be paid by the resident in return for being allowed to keep a park home on the pitch and use common areas of the site. The pitch fee does not include amounts due in respect of gas, electricity, water, sewerage and other services (e.g. the renting out of a garage) unless the agreement between the site owner and resident specifically states that…
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The written statement includes implied terms as well as the express terms of the agreement which have been agreed between the site owner and the park home owner. Park Rules may also form part of the agreement and residents should ensure that they obtain a copy.
Essentially the law:
- gives a park home owner security in their park home by defining the limited circumstances in which a site owner can terminate the site agreement;
- requires the site owner to provide advance notice of the terms that will apply to the person proposing to occupy a park home on their site (the written statement)
- dictates exactly what many of the terms and conditions of the contract should be.
Selling a Park Home
Is a park home resident allowed to sell their park home on a site?
Park home residents have the right to sell their home on a site and transfer the benefit of their agreement with their site owner to the person who buys their home. The process of passing on the agreement is called ‘assignment’. The sale must be to a person approved by their owner but the site owner cannot withhold his approval unreasonably. If a resident considers that the site owner is withholding their approval unreasonably, a resident can apply to the court or to an arbitrator for an order requiring the site owner to give approval.
Does a resident have to give the site owner first refusal to buy the park home?
There is no requirement for a resident to give the site owner first refusal – even if their agreement says there is. The site owner may make an offer for the home like any buyer and the resident may choose to sell to them but they are under no obligation to do so.
Park Homes: Know Your Rights
There are new rules about how site owners review pitch fees and what can be included in the review. Site owners will have to use a special form to tell you about this. Before they can raise pitch fees, they have to get your agreement or go to a tribunal.
The rules for your site
From 26 May 2013, any site rules that interfere with the sale or gift of a home are banned.
Local authority licensing
From 1 April 2014, local authorities will be better able to make sure that site owners are
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