Barrister Ibraheem Dulmeer explains
The importance of understanding a site licence for a park home owner are often overlooked, this article gives the reader an introduction on this matter. A site licence must be granted to the site owner in order for a site to operate legally, for residential use. There is also a requirement for relevant planning permission from the local authority also.
The law has been updated by the Mobile Homes Act 2013, which updated the legislation which was introduced in 1960 under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, deals with amongst other things, the enforcement of site licence conditions on residential park home and mixed use sites.
If a park home is on a mixed site and on a pitch which is intended for permanent residential use, it is important for the owner to check that there is the relevant planning permission in place which allows the residential use of that land and there is or will be an agreement in place for the home to be lived in as the owner’s main or only residence. This will be an agreement to which the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (as amended) applies.
WHERE CAN ONE FIND A COPY OF THE SITE LICENCE?
The site licence should be displayed on the site in “some conspicuous place” together with the conditions of the licence itself. The licence and conditions are usually displayed on the park’s noticeboard. (Please note however that the licence wording may indicate where the site licence is to be shown.)
There may be provisions in the express terms of the written statement or site rules about where the site licence is displayed or about how it may be available to be viewed, for example in the site office.
In addition to this, the local authority has a duty to keep a register of site licences and the register must be open to public at all reasonable times.
Ibraheem Dulmeer is a barrister and mediator at Normanton Chambers, 218 Strand, London, WC2R 1AT. Ibraheem accepts instructions directly from the public, as a public access barrister on any park home matter. This means you may instruct him directly.
For a free quote, he can be contacted by telephone on: 07939 259 924 by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact him using his website: www.parkhomeslaw.com
The information provided in this article serves as a useful guidance. Please note that this is not intended to be comprehensive and should not be relied on in substitution for specific advice. If in doubt, you could seek specific advice from Ibraheem Dulmeer, who specialises in this area of law. This material should not be replicated without the author’s consent. Ibraheem Dulmeer © 2021
Read the full story in the June 2021 issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan