You could be a licensee or a tenant if you rent a mobile home.
If you have a licence
Most people who rent a mobile home, such as a static caravan, have a licence to occupy rather than a tenancy.
How long you can stay, your landlord's responsibilities and how much notice you'll get will mainly depend on what it says in your contract.
If you don’t have a written agreement, you will still have some protection against eviction.
If you have a tenancy
Some people who rent a mobile home are tenants.
You can only have a tenancy if your mobile home is classed as ‘a dwelling house’.
This might apply if it is:
- your home
- static and not able to be moved, even in two parts
- connected to mains supplies of electricity and water
If you’re a tenant, your legal rights depend on the type of tenancy you have.
Eviction from a mobile home
You are entitled to at least 4 weeks’ notice regardless of if you’re a tenant or licensee.
Your landlord must go to court and get a possession order to evict you from your home.
You may be entitled to more notice and have additional protection from eviction if you have a tenancy.
Landlord harassment and illegal eviction
It’s illegal for your landlord to harass you or force you to leave your mobile home.
Harassment can include if your landlord:
- cuts off your gas, electricity or water
- is abusive or violent
- enters your home without your permission
Repairs and conditions in mobile homes
Your landlord is only responsible for repairs in your mobile home that are specified in your contract.
Your landlord is responsible for most repairs in your mobile home.
This usually includes:
- heating and hot water
- the roof and walls of your mobile home
- sinks, toilets, pipes and drains
Report repairs in writing to your landlord as soon as possible.
Claiming benefits for a mobile home
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Last updated 27 Sep 2018 | © Shelter
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