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Think Twice Before Selling Up and Moving into a Mobile Home

Published Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Residents thinking of selling up their bricks and mortar and moving into a mobile home are advised to think twice.

People buying so-called ‘park homes’ face being forced to move, if the site they live on is in breach of planning regulations.

Not every site has residential permission and buying a holiday lodge as a permanent address can expose residents to risk of eviction.

Local authorities can prosecute park owners for breach of their site licence or planning consent. They can also serve enforcement orders on holiday park residents to remove their lodging from the site. 

Furthermore, the homes may not be insured for floods or other natural disasters, nor will the residents automatically qualify for re-housing.  

A Ribble Valley Borough Council spokesman said: “We strongly advise residents to think carefully before parting with their greatest asset – their house – to live in a holiday park. And if they do so they are strongly advised to choose a licensed residential park, where they will have the full protection of the law.

“Although mobile homes are an attractive proposition for older residents looking to downsize, we cannot stress strongly enough how much they are risking if they choose to live at a site where residential use is not permitted.”

The National Caravan Council has published a guide for park owners and managers called 'Misuse of Caravan Holiday Homes', which is available from thencc.org.uk, and  Age UK has produced a factsheet for prospective holiday park residents called ‘Park Homes’, which is available at ageuk.org.uk

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