A protected site has planning permission and a site licence from the council. In order to receive a site licence, the mobile home site or park must reach certain standards. Find out more about protected sites and site licences on the page about mobile homes and sites. Mobile home residents who live on a protected site have many more rights than residents who live on an unprotected site, including more protection from eviction.
Before moving in, ask to see a copy of the site licence. Check that the site is licensed for residential use, not just as a holiday site, and that it conforms to the standards set out in the site licence.
Visit the site and check the following:
- Are there adequate fire safety precautions in place?
- Are the mobile homes spaced sufficiently apart?
- Is there an adequate supply of electricity, gas, water and sewerage facilities? You could ask other residents about this.
You could also contact the council and ask if there have been any problems with the site licence. The environmental health department will usually hold the licence.