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Caravan Sites Act 1968

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Park home residents who have a contract with the owner of a protected site are not covered by the Protection from Eviction Act but may be protected under the Caravan Sites Act 1968.

This applies to all occupiers of park homes who:

  • live on a protected site (one which requires a site licence, or would if it were not owned by the local authority), and
  • have a residential contract with the park owner (this includes agreements under the Mobile Homes Act 1983).[1]

Harassment is defined in the Act, as amended by the Housing Act 2004, as action that interferes or is likely to interfere with the peace and comfort of the occupier, or the persistent withdrawal of services or facilities reasonably required for the occupation of the caravan on the site. These acts must be carried out with in the knowledge that they are likely to cause the occupier to abandon the caravan, remove it from the site, or to refrain from exercising any right in relation to the caravan.[2]

Park home occupiers covered by the Act are protected from eviction during the period of their contract and after their contract expires unless a court order for possession has been obtained.[3] Occupiers are protected against the acts of site owners and their agents.

Offences under the Act are both civil and criminal offences, and action can be brought in the same way as action under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977(see the sections on civil and criminal action for more information). See the section on Mobile homes for more information about park home occupiers.

[1] s.1 Caravan Sites Act 1968.

[2] s.3(1)(c) Caravan Sites Act 1968, as amended by s.210 Housing Act 2004.

[3] s.3(1) Caravan Sites Act 1968.

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