Owning a mobile home on a park site

Buying a mobile home on a park site can be affordable but make sure you're aware of all charges and fees.

What is a park home?

A park home is a mobile home where you can live all year around.

You may find buying a park home is an affordable option.

You buy the mobile home but you can't usually buy the pitch that your home is sited on. You normally rent the pitch site from the site owner.

Park home sites where you can live all year round are called protected sites.

Park home sites must be licensed by the local council.

Holiday sites

You can't live all year round on a holiday site.

Holiday sites with mobile homes are called unprotected sites.

You have fewer rights on a holiday site compared with a park site.

Mixed use sites

Some sites have licences for both residential and holiday use. Different parts of the park may be designated for residence or holidays.

LEASE has information about site obligations and rights

Buying a mobile home

Banks and building societies don't offer mortgages for buying mobile homes.

Look for a specialist lender if you need a loan to buy a mobile home.

Mobile homes generally lose value over time. They don't gain value like other homes.

You can’t get benefits to cover personal loan repayments for buying your mobile home.

GOV.UK has details about buying a park home

Costs and fees

Pitch fees

You must pay a pitch fee to the site owner. Pitch fees are usually paid monthly.

Park site owners must give you 28 days' notice in writing if they want to increase the pitch fee.

They can only do this once a year.

You can claim benefits to help pay your pitch fee and maintenance charges if you live in your mobile home.

Service charges

You usually also pay the site owners service charges for services such as:

  • water
  • site maintenance on shared facilities

Make sure that you check which fees and charges you have to pay with the site owner before you sign any agreement.

Council tax

You need to pay council tax if you live in a park home but not in a holiday home.

You can apply for a council tax reduction if you are on a low income. You can apply for a single person's discount of 25% if you live by yourself.

Repairs and upkeep

You are responsible for the upkeep of:

  • your mobile home
  • any fences or outbuildings that you own or have on your pitch

Park site owners are responsible for:

  • keeping shared areas such as walkways in good condition
  • repairs to the hardstanding area where your home sits
  • services they supply to your home such as sewerage

Site rules

The site owner must give you a written copy of site rules, terms and conditions.

Park home sites usually have rules about:

  • parking arrangements
  • whether children or pets are allowed
  • satellite dishes and television aerials

Get advice if changes are made to rules and you are unsure of your rights

Eviction

A park site owner can only end your agreement by getting a court order.

The court will only grant an order because it is reasonable to end your agreement and any of these apply:

  • you haven't paid your pitch fees
  • you broke site rules - for example, you caused antisocial behaviour
  • you seriously breached agreement terms – for example, you assaulted another resident
  • you don't occupy your mobile home as your only or main residence
  • your mobile home is in very poor condition

Get advice if the site owner wants to evict you

Selling your mobile home

You have the right to sell your mobile home. You don't have to tell the site owner who you are selling it to.

The site owner is entitled to up to 10% of the sale price as commission. The new owner pays this.

You can also gift your home to a member of your family.

Passing on your site when you die

If you die, your site agreement can carry on with:

  • a family member who was living with you at the time of your death
  • your husband, wife or civil partner who was living with you at the time of your death

Anyone else will need agreement from the site owner to live in your mobile home on the site.

GOV.UK explains the rules for selling, gifting and inheriting mobile homes

Need more help?

For general information about mobile home sites, contact the:

Get advice if you're facing eviction or are at risk of losing your home.

Contact your local council's environmental health department if you:

  • want to know if the site has had problems
  • think the site owner is breaking licence conditions

Gov.uk has details on buying, selling and gifting mobile homes


Last updated 11 Mar 2019 | © Shelter

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