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Renting a pitch

Unless you have your own land, you will need to rent a pitch on a site to station your mobile home. Your rights will depend on whether you rent a pitch on a protected site or an unprotected site.

Your rights if you live on a protected site

A protected site has planning permission and a site licence from the council, see the page on mobile homes and sites for more information.

If you live in a mobile home on a protected site, you'll have rights under the Caravan Sites Act 1968. These relate to your occupation of a pitch, and apply to all mobile home occupiers, whether you own or rent your mobile home:

  • A residential contract - you should have an agreement with the owner of the site which entitles you to live in the mobile home on the site. This doesn't need to be in writing: if you have verbal permission from the site owner to occupy a mobile home on the site and they accept rent from you, a contract exists. Few people who live in mobile homes are given written agreements.
  • Protection from eviction - you'll have more protection against eviction, and may be able to get an eviction order suspended by the court. See the section on eviction for more information.
  • Site owners must comply with the site license - this includes maintaining safety and amenity standards set by your local council. See the section on park conditions for more information.

In addition, if you're renting a mobile home you'll have common law tenancy rights. And you'll have even more rights if you own your mobile home and live on a protected site.

Do I have any rights if I live on an unprotected site?

If you live on an unprotected site, you will have very few rights. You may live on an unprotected site if your mobile home or caravan is situated:

  • on a holiday site
  • in someone's garden
  • on a farm
  • on land owned by your employer
  • on land used by travelling showpeople.

However, most people who rent a mobile home or mobile home pitch have common law tenancy rights. Alongside other rights, these state that you can't be evicted without a court order.

What if I own my mobile home but live on an unprotected site?

The rights outlined on the page on owning your mobile home only apply if you live on a protected site. If you own a mobile home that is situated on an unprotected site:

  • you do not have the right to a written statement
  • there are no laws controlling how often and by how much the site owner can increase your pitch fees
  • you won't necessarily have the right to sell your mobile home to anyone else on the basis that it can remain on the site.

Caravan holiday sites

If you buy a caravan on a holiday site and the site owner is a member of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) or the National Caravan Council (NCC) you should have additional rights:

  • Written agreement - you should be given a written agreement allowing you to live in the caravan for five years. After five years, the agreement can be renewed for another five years, provided you have kept the caravan in good condition and have stuck to the terms of the agreement.
  • Right to sell - you'll have the right to sell the caravan, although you must offer it to the site owner first. The site owner is entitled to 15 per cent commission on the sale price.
  • Right to an arbiter - you'll also have the right to ask an arbiter to resolve pitch fee disputes and other complaints.

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The important points

  • If you are renting a pitch your rights will depend on whether the pitch is on a protected site or an unprotected site
  • If you live on a protected site, you'll have rights under the Caravan Sites Act 1968, this applies to all mobile home occupiers, whether you own or rent your mobile home.
  • If you live on an unprotected site, you will have very few rights other than your rights at common law.

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