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Holiday Or Residential Licence?

junenewslegal“Our lifestyle is great and inexpensive: we don’t even pay council tax. However, our neighbours had letters from the council explaining that our park only holds a holiday licence. We didn’t know and are worried. What should we do?”

 

The park home lifestyle is one of the most desirable retirement options currently available. For many thousands, buying a mobile home soon becomes the best decision they have ever made. Sadly though, for a minority of home owners, the move can turn from dream to nightmare.
This has nothing to do with the nature of the park home community or the quality of homes and everything to do with a dull, but crucial, technicality.  It might not seem to be ostensibly important but the type of site licence your chosen park holds is extremely important.

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Mobile Home Enforcing RPI

"If a park owner refused to reduce the pitch fee and a resident chose to pursue the matter in court, this surely would be a very expensive course. Are the courts likely to award costs to the resident since the park owner should have been aware of the law?"

Graham Watts, mobile home and static caravan legal expert, advises...

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Advice On Road Clearance

"As a site owner I was very interested to read your reply to the letter in the PH&HC February 2010 issue regarding a gentleman and his wife asking who is responsible for gritting icy roads on the park. The question always comes up on my site with our residents and we have consulted our solicitors, who advised us to leave as it is."

Graham Watts, mobile home and static caravan legal expert, advises...

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Advice On Warranty

"We bought our ready- sited home from the park owner. Since moving in we found that we could not get a 10 Year Gold Shield Warranty certificate. This is because we bought the home from a company that has since gone into administration. We were not told about this at the time and feel the park owner should have told us before the purchase. When confronted the site owner told us he would get one sorted, but now they are saying we cannot have one because it was bankrupt stock.
The owner did tell us not to worry and if there were any problems they would be sorted out. My concern is we have nothing in writing. Do you think we could have a problem and can we do anything about it?"

Graham Watts, mobile home and static caravan legal expert, advises...

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Claiming Back RPI

"After reading your article in PH&HC about unlawful rent increases of five per cent on our park you said we could reclaim this amount back if we followed the correct procedure. Would you tell me the correct and legal way to make this happen?"

Graham Watts, mobile home and static caravan legal expert, advises...

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Advice On Parking Space

"I am living in a park home which is one of 200-odd homes. I would like to know how many visitors’ car parking spaces there should be? We have only three here and not even a disabled car parking space. I think that is not enough. Should there legally be more spaces available?"

Graham Watts, mobile home and static caravan legal expert, advises...

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