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Succession: Mobile homes

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The succession rights of mobile home owners and tenants, which are governed by the Mobile Homes Act 1983.

A spouse/civil partner who was residing with a mobile home occupier at the time of her/his death has the right to succeed, or if there is no spouse/civil partner, the right passes to any member of the occupier's family who was living in the mobile home at the time of the occupier's death.[1] The definition of family member includes a parent, grandparent, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece (step-relations and relations through marriage or half-blood are also included).

Where no one qualifies to succeed

If there is no one entitled to succeed to the tenancy of a mobile home, the person entitled to the home under the occupier's will or intestacy can succeed, although they will not be entitled to occupy the mobile home. The site owner could allow such a person to live in the mobile home or give it to another member of their family as a gift, but is not required to do so.[2] However, the successor would be entitled to sell the mobile home and assign the agreement, and the site owner cannot terminate the agreement on the basis that the mobile home is not being occupied during this process.

[1] s.3(3) Mobile Homes Act 1983.

[2] s.3(4) Mobile Homes Act 1983.

 

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