Things to consider if you’re thinking about a mobile home

Moving in to mobile home accommodation can be a big step. There are lots of things you should consider before you buy or rent a mobile home.

What is a mobile home?

Mobile homes can vary greatly in size and type. A mobile home could be:

  • a caravan
  • a trailer or motorhome
  • a prefabricated bungalow (sometimes called a park home).

Why choose a mobile home?

Mobile homes are an economical housing option. Some people, particularly those of retirement age, choose to move into mobile accommodation, often selling traditional property to do so. In many rural areas, where there is not enough council housing available or where house prices are beyond your reach, a mobile home may be your only option.

What should I consider when looking for a mobile home?

When you buy or rent a mobile home, you need to think about:

  • what the home itself is like
  • where you are going to put it
  • whether you can live there all year round
  • how much you will have to pay to the site owner for pitch fees
  • what agreement you will have with the site owner.

Can I put a mobile home on my own land?

Even if you own land to put a mobile home on, you will need planning permission and a site licence, which you can obtain by writing to the council.

Our pages on renting or buying a mobile home on a site explains what you should consider when looking at sites.

What if I can’t live on the site all year round?

Many mobile or park home sites have rules stating that you can’t live there all year round. This is usually because the site operator’s licence is for holiday letting and forbids using the site as a primary residence. It is very important that you check whether there are periods when you can’t stay there as you can be evicted very easily from a site that doesn’t permit year-round residential use.

Get help if you are in this situation.

Are there safety standards for mobile homes?

Yes. Park homes should be built to a British ‘residential’ Standard (BS3632). Various schemes exist, such as the Gold Shield Ten Year Warranty, to ensure that park homes comply with these standards. Make sure that any mobile home you buy is covered by a warranty.

A list of approved caravan, motorhome and caravan leisure home models can be found at the National Caravan Council (NCC) website. The NCC has checked these models and approved that they comply with UK legislation and safety regulations. They will carry an NCC approved sticker.

What are my rights if I buy or rent a mobile home?

Unfortunately, tenants or owners of mobile homes don’t have as many rights as owners or tenants of ‘bricks and mortar’ homes. This is because different laws apply to mobile homes.

To find out what your rights might be take a look at our pages on :

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This page was last updated on: Mai 3, 2023

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