At LEASE Park Homes, we get a lot of enquires about repair and maintenance issues on fully residential parks in England and Wales. Sometimes it is not always clear who is responsible. This article aims to clarify the legal position and help residents and site owners to resolve any disputes.
In this article we will look at the rules surrounding inheritance of a park home as highlighted by the recent case of Barrs Residential & Leisure Ltd v Pleass Thomson & Co (Executors of the estate of the late Colin Hearne)  UKUT 114 (LC).
For a park home owner, their relatives and indeed friends, it is essential to understand that the rules of inheritance differ from those applying to a bricks and mortar home.
When a park-home owner has passed away, the provisions of the deceased’s will or the rules of intestacy apply to the actual park home.
However, the right to live in the home and benefit from the pitch agreement (or “written statement”) depends on who was living in the home at the time of the owner’s death and their family connection.
Those inheriting the home and pitch agreement will be bound by the agreement (for example obligations to repair or pay the pitch fee) but may not always have the right to occupy.
Thus it is possible to inherit a park home but not always have the right to live in it!
LEASE provides free advice on residential park home matters. If you have any questions regarding the information in this article, contact LEASE on 020 7832 2525 or email: email@example.com. The LEASE park homes website https://parkhomes.lease-advice.org/ also carries guidance and reports of Tribunal decisions, which you may find of use.
Read the full story in the August 2020 issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan