Here at Allens Caravans, we are often asked by our guests if they can live in their static caravans on a permanent basis, instead of just part of the year. There are a variety of different reasons that people would be interested in doing this, from increased financial freedom to the beautiful natural surroundings; one thing remains the same though, it's quite unclear whether living in your mobile home is actually viable or not.
To help you out, we've put together this comprehensive guide, starting with the most important thing to consider when looking to live in your static caravan.
Before investigating residential static home sites you can live in, you need to check one thing - where your caravan is situated. You can't live on all caravan sites; only residential caravan parks can host a permanent residency.
Residential parks are usually hosted on private property with the local council's permission and feature a type of static caravan known as a park home. Park homes are detached bungalow style dwellings, usually made from steel and wood, which have been built to a British Standard and are designed to be lived in full time. The use of park homes as opposed to the average static caravan is one of the key differences between residential parks and other static home sites.
So if you have a static caravan located on a residential park then you're ready for permanent residency, but if your static caravan is on another type of caravan site, you're likely to have more problems. Before you start investigating and thinking about moving though, there are some other guidelines to consider.
Firstly, each residential static home site has different rules. Most people are drawn to park living because of the security, sense of community and quiet everyday living. To create this environment, park managers organise rules relating to parking, pets and age. In fact, universally, residential parks only accept applicants who are over 55. Regardless of your situation, always be sure to visit and check on park rules before settling and making a decision.
If you meet the necessary requirements to live in a residential park, then there are a few things to think about. To start with, you will need to investigate and locate the right park for you. Residential parks drastically vary in location, services and amenities available, as well as local connections and activity opportunities. Remember, buying and living in a park home is the same as moving to a new house, so you should be considering all of the same factors before finalising your choice. We have a variety of different residential parks available here at Allens Caravans, each tailored to different needs and desires. It's always important to do your research before making a final decision.
After finding the right park for you, it's time to consider the cost of buying a park home. Just like buying other properties, park homes feature utility bills and council tax, though they tend to be much lower in price when compared to brick-and-mortar homes. The most notable difference in pricing is the addition of pitch fees.
When you purchase a park home, you usually own the property but rent the plot of land that it is set upon. This rent is called a pitch fee and is typically paid monthly, ranging in price for £100 - £200 per month. It all depends on the location, desirability and amenities provided in that specific park.
If you're unsure about any details of the purchasing process or want more information on the rights of a mobile homeowner, then you can check the government website here or get in touch with us to find out more.