Renting 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.

Your contract should tell you:

  • how long you can stay

  • how much notice you'll get

  • your landlord's responsibilities

You still have some protection against eviction if you do not have a written agreement.

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 usually entitled to at least 4 weeks’ notice.

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:

  • is abusive or violent

  • cuts off your gas, electricity or water

  • enters your home without your permission

There are steps you can take to deal with landlord harassment.

The council can help if you’re illegally evicted.

Repairs and conditions in mobile homes

Licensees

Your landlord is only responsible for repairs in your mobile home that are specified in your contract.

Tenants

Your landlord is responsible for most repairs in your mobile home.

This usually includes:

  • heating and hot water

  • sinks, toilets, pipes and drains

  • the roof and walls of your mobile home

Report repairs in writing to your landlord as soon as possible.

Claiming benefits for a mobile home

You can claim housing benefit or housing costs under universal credit if you have a low income or receive other benefits. It can be used to pay your rent or site fees.


Last updated: 8 February 2022

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