Buying a park home is a simple process and with the guidance of the park owner or manager, you can be sure of a trouble free move. You do not need a solicitor, although you may choose to seek their advice. There is NO stamp duty to pay.
Take time to read the Park Home Fact Sheets published by the Dept. of Communities and Local Government. They explain the responsibilities of both the resident and park owner and the legal conditions you will commit to. They can be downloaded from our 'Downloads' page.
The first obvious step is to choose the park where you would like to live. Before making that final decision, take the time to talk to the residents - are they happy living where they are? Do the park owners attend to any maintenance and requests quickly and efficiently? Are there any problems on the park they can tell you about before you commit yourself? Most park owners will tell you that their residents are their best sales force, so take advantage of using them!
Check that the Park's Site Licence is on display, which it should be, either in the Park Office or on the park notice board. From this, you will be able to check that the Site Licence is for residential purposes for twelve months of the year. Beware that some parks do have a twelve month licence for holiday purposes. You may not live on parks with this type of licence. They may only be used for holidays and as second homes. Why not check out our article 'Misuse of Holiday Homes'.
Check to see if the Park Owner is a member of either Trade Associations - The National Caravan Council or the British Holiday and Home Parks Association. You can do this by checking out their entry on our web site, or if the park is not client of ours you can make a simple search online on their websites.
If you are now happy to go to the next step, there are two ways to purchase a park home. You may have seen a particular home on the park, already sited and ready to move into. This is the easiest and quickest way and provided you are in a position to go ahead and purchase, will take no time at all.
However, you may prefer to have a home ordered and built to your personal specification - a bespoke home. The Park Owner or Manager will be happy to sit down and discuss your requirements with you, or he may arrange for you to visit one of the manufacturer's display centres, where the sales staff will be able to advise you what optional extras are available to you. This may take a little longer, but you will end up with the home of your dreams!