Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay Council Tax?

Yes, on Residential Parks you will have to pay the appropriate rate of Council Tax as this will be classified as your main residence. The majority of Park Homes are classified under Band A, the cheapest banding, however, if in doubt please check with the local Council.

Are children allowed on Parks?

Parks tend to be designed specifically for the semi-retired (50+) and the retired. Children are always welcome to visit but are not allowed to live permanently on these Parks.

Can I have a Garage or a Conservatory?

This depends on the rules of a specific Park and the conditions of their Site Licence as issued by the local Council.

Do Park Homes keep their value?

Providing a Park Home, similar to any traditionally built home, is looked after and well maintained there is no reason why homes will not retain their value.

Park Home values generally follow the trends of the general Housing Market.

What is the maintenance fee for and how much can I expect to pay?

Every Park charges a Pitch Fee. This monthly fee takes into account many things including a ground rent for keeping your home on a particular plot , the maintenance of roadways, sewers, general infrastructure, and communal areas. The provision of streetlighting, staffing such as a Park warden if applicable, third party liability insurance, the list goes on.

Pitch Fee charges vary from Park to Park. This may be related to the location of a particular Park and/or to the amenities which are on offer. Typically the monthly charges ranges from £125 to £200.

How are the Pitch Fee charges reviewed?

The review date for each Park may be different. The precise date will appear within the Park Agreement. The review process is strictly regulated. In general the pitch fees are reviewed annually and increase or decrease in line with the Retail Prices Index. If there is a reduction of amenity on the Park for example pot holes had appeared in the roadway and had not been repaired there would be a case for a reduction in the pitch fee.

What is the expected life span of a Park Home?

All modern Residential Park Homes are built to British Standard 3632. Newly manufactured Park Homes exceed the energy rating of standard bricks and mortar properties.

Do I have to upgrade my home after so many years?

No. This rule relates to Parks with licences for holiday use not residential. Under government legislation homeowners who live on Residential Park Home Estates are afforded security of tenure for an unlimited period is the Park is freehold. You cannot be forced to upgrade.

Is finance available for the purchase of a Park Home?

There are companies who offer finance for Park Homes both new and second hand. Unfortunately traditional style mortgages are not available. However, there are other options to consider: Park Exchange, and Assisted Move Schemes.

What are the Park Rules and where can I obtain a copy?

Park Rules are their to ensure the good management of a Park and to ensure the health and wellbeing of all of the homeowners who live there. Please ask for a copy from the Park or alternatively you can obtain a copy from the local Council.

What is the Written Statement and how does it affect me?

The Written Statement under the Mobile Homes Act, known by many as the Park Agreement includes the provision of security of tenure for the homeowner/s and sets out the Park Owners obligations to the homeowners and their obligations to the Park Owner/s. This is a very important document. Owners on holiday parks do not have the benefit of these provisions which are important to secure and enhance your investment.

Download the written statement template (PDF)

What happens to my home if I pass away or have to move into care?

As with traditional bricks and mortar property you can will your home to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of your choice. If they meet the age criteria for the Park they can if they so wish move into the property and they inherit the rights and benefits of the Park Agreement. Alternatively the beneficiary or beneficiaries may decide to sell the property. The decision is entirely their own.

Is there a commission to pay when a home is re-sold?

Yes. Under the terms of the Mobile Homes Act 1983 the government brought in the commission payment scheme as a way to ensure that pitch fees payable on Parks were kept to affordable levels. The maximum charge is 10% of the full sale price.