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Legislation covering mobile homes

This content applies to England

Rights for mobile home owners, who satisfy certain conditions, are contained in the Mobile Homes Act 1983 as amended, and the Mobile Homes Act 2013.

Mobile Homes Act 1983

A mobile home owner is someone who rents the pitch but owns the mobile home. For the purposes of the Act, and consequently for the pages in this section, a mobile home owner is referred to as an 'occupier'.

The Mobile Homes Act 1983:

  • sets out the main terms of an agreement to station a mobile home
  • requires that a purchaser is given a written statement that includes both the express and implied terms of the agreement.

Who has protection under Mobile Homes Act 1983

A mobile home occupier is protected under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 where s/he is entitled to:

  • station the mobile home on land forming part of a protected site (it is the requirement of having a right to station the home that takes almost all tenants outside the protection of the Act)
  • occupy the mobile home as her/his only or main residence.

The mobile home must be on a site that was a protected site at the onset of the agreement to station the mobile home on the site - an occupier will not gain the protection under the Act if the site only obtains protected site status after the start of the agreement.[1]

Holiday homes are not protected by the Act as they fail the 'only or main residence' test. Occupiers who are absent temporarily will remain protected.

Mobile Homes Act 2013

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 made changes to the protected site licensing regime to give local authorities more effective control of conditions on sites.

It also improved the rights of mobile home owners stationed on a protected site, for example the site owner’s approval of a buyer is no longer required for the sale of mobile homes when the site agreement was entered into after 25 May 2013. 


The information on this page applies only to England. Go to Shelter Cymru for information relating to Wales.

[1] Murphy v Wyatt [2011] EWCA Civ 408.

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