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
- 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?
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 :
We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 0345 075 5005.