Renting a mobile home

To understand your rights if you rent a mobile home, you need to know if you are a tenant or a licensee.

Mobile home rights

If you rent a mobile home, your rights are based on the law and the agreement you have with your landlord. You still have rights even if you don't have a written agreement.

Most people who rent a mobile home have a licence. You have stronger rights if you are a tenant.

Mobile home tenancies

You may be able to show that you are a tenant if you rent a mobile home that can be classed as a 'dwelling house'.

This may be the case if all the following apply:

  • your mobile home is static and cannot be moved, or is so large that it cannot be moved in one piece
  • has mains supplies of electricity, water and telephone
  • is used as a permanent residence

You will have either an assured, assured shorthold or regulated tenancy.

Tenancy rights: assured shorthold tenancies

If your tenancy began after 15 January 1989, you may be an assured shorthold tenant. Most tenants have assured shorthold tenancies.

It is straightforward to evict you if you are an assured shorthold tenant.

You are entitled to written notice, your landlord has to take you to court and only a court bailiff can evict you from your home.

Find out more about eviction from assured shorthold tenancies.

Tenancy rights: assured tenancies

If your tenancy began after 15 January 1989, you may be an assured tenant.

Your landlord must have a legal reason to evict you from an assured tenancy. You are entitled to written notice. Your landlord has to take you to court to evict you. Only a court bailiff can evict you from your home.

Find out more about eviction from assured tenancies.

Tenancy rights: regulated tenancies

You may have a regulated tenancy if your tenancy agreement began before 2 January 1989.

As a regulated tenant, you can apply to the rent officer to have a fair rent determined. A landlord has to have a legal reason to evict you from a regulated tenancy. You are entitled to written notice, your landlord has to take you to court and only a court bailiff can evict you from your home.

Find out more about eviction from a regulated tenancy.

If your agreement is a license

You are probably a licensee if you rent a mobile home. For you to be classed as a tenant, your mobile home has to be classed as a 'dwelling house'. Most don't qualify.

You still have rights as a licensee, but your rights are limited, particularly if your landlord wants to evict you.

Claiming housing benefit

If you live in a mobile home, you can claim housing benefit to help pay your rent, site fees or both.

Problems with tenancy status

Your landlord may refuse to accept that you are a tenant. You may need to take court action if you want to assert your rights as a tenant. This may happen if:

  • you are defending an eviction after your landlord asks you to leave
  • your landlord refuses to make repairs to your home

Get advice from a Shelter advice centre or Citizens Advice before taking any action. Use Shelter's directory to find one in your local area.

Find out more about your rights

For more information about your rights, get advice from a Shelter advice centre or Citizens Advice.

Use Shelter's directory to find a local advice centre.

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