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Responsibilities of mobile home owners and occupiers

As the owner or tenant of a mobile home, you have certain responsibilities as well as rights.

Your rental agreement, residential contract or written statement should list the things you need to do while living in your mobile home. It's important that you stick to these conditions, otherwise the site owner could use your failure to do so as a reason to evict you.

Keep up to date with rent and other payments

It's vital that you keep up with payments for the rent of your mobile home or pitch, and for service charges. The site owner will try to evict you otherwise.

Talk to the site owner

  • If you have any problems or concerns about the park, speak to the site owner about them as soon as possible.
  • If you want to make any changes or improvements to your mobile home (for example, adding a porch or putting up a fence), always ask the site owner's permission first.
  • If you're going to be away for a long period of time, let the site owner know, preferably in writing.

Be a good neighbour

Park homes are small communities so it's important that you respect the peace and privacy of your neighbours. Antisocial behaviour can include:

  • having the stereo or TV on too loudly
  • not keeping pets under control
  • allowing your children to be a nuisance
  • leaving rubbish piled up everywhere
  • making a lot of noise when you enter or leave your home and making a lot of noise outside your home.

Take care of your mobile home

If you own your mobile home, obviously you are responsible for keeping it well maintained and carrying out any necessary repairs. If you rent your mobile home, your rental agreement should state your responsibilities towards its upkeep. These could include tidying the garden, keeping the home clean and well decorated and carrying out minor repair jobs. Some mobile home owners can get help paying for insulation or heating through Scottish Government's Home Energy Efficiency programme.

Stick to the rules

Most parks ask their residents to adhere to certain rules, covering things like:

  • pets
  • guests
  • parking
  • the disposal of rubbish
  • laundry
  • noise nuisance.

These rules are generally designed to keep the park a happy, peaceful environment, so make sure you stick to them.

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The important points

  • Keep up with payments for the rent of your mobile home, pitch and for service charges.
  • Park homes are small communities so it's important that you respect the peace and privacy of your neighbours.
  • If you own your mobile home, you are responsible for keeping it well maintained and carrying out any necessary repairs.
  • If you rent your mobile home, your rental agreement should state your responsibilities towards its upkeep and repairs.

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