Eviction if you own a mobile home

Find out your eviction rights as a mobile home owner and get help if you're facing eviction from a pitch.

If you're being harassed or forced out

It’s against the law for the landowner or site owner to evict you:

  • without giving you the correct notice

  • without getting a court order

  • by forcing or harassing you

Find out about harassment and illegal eviction.

Eviction from a protected site

protected site has planning permission and a site licence from the council.

The site should have its licence displayed.

Contact the council's environmental health department if you're unsure whether your site is protected by a licence.

The landlord or site owner cannot evict you without sending you a valid eviction notice. You must be given at least four weeks' notice for the notice to be valid.

you're entitled to any advance payments back from the landlord or site owner.

You can only be evicted from a protected site for certain reasons, called 'grounds'.

Eviction reasons:

  • the site owner's lease has expired

  • planning permission for the site has expired

  • you have broken a condition of your agreement

  • you’re not using the mobile home as your only or main home

  • the condition of your mobile home is having a detrimental effect on the site

Demolition or improvement works

The council or another public authority might need you to move your mobile home so they can carry out demolition or improvement works to the site.

They should offer you another pitch somewhere else.

If this is not possible, you may be entitled to claim home loss payment or compensation.

Get help if you're facing eviction. Contact a Shelter Scotland adviser or Citizens Advice.

If you do not leave — going to court

If you have not moved off the site by the time your eviction notice has expired, the site owner must apply to the sheriff court for an eviction order.

A solicitor or housing professional can speak at court on your behalf and try to stop the eviction order from being granted.

You do not have to move off the site until the date on the eviction order.

Delaying an eviction

An eviction order for a protected site can be delayed for up to 12 months. This is called ‘suspension’. You will have to leave eventually.

The court must look at the entire case, including whether you have:

  • broken any park rules or terms of your residential contract

  • refused a reasonable offer by the site owner to renew your contract

  • tried to find another suitable pitch

The eviction might only be delayed if you meet certain conditions, for example, paying rent arrears.

An eviction from a site owned by the council cannot be delayed.

An eviction cannot be delayed beyond the expiry date of the site licence.

Get help at court

Eviction from an unprotected site

An unprotected site does not have planning permission or a site licence. You will have limited eviction rights.

Eviction from an unprotected site

Get help if you're facing eviction. Contact a Shelter Scotland adviser or Citizens Advice.

Last updated: 20 October 2021

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