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Park homes are mobile homes occupied as people's residences (rather than as holiday homes). They are a unique type of tenure covered by specific legislation. This section looks at how the law relates to park homes and tells you where to find more information about them
Park homes vary in size and condition greatly, some park homes resemble bungalows, others are closer in appearance to traditional caravans. Park home sites vary in size and quality, from small parks, with a handful of mobile homes, to large parks with shopping and leisure facilities.
Many sites are affiliated to the main trade associations - the British Holiday and Home Parks Association and National Park Homes Council.
There are three National Residents Groups that can assist residents of park home sites - The National Association of Park Home Residents, the Independent Park Home Advisory Service and the Park Home Residents Action Alliance.
Recent research estimates that there are around 2,000 parks in England providing nearly 85,000 park homes. Most residents own their park homes, which may cost anything from around £10,000 to more than £250,000. Typically residents enter into an agreement to keep their home on the park and pay the owner of the site a pitch fee. Pitch fees average around £1,000 per annum.
All park home sites are required to have a site licence under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (external link). The Secretary of State from time to time issues Model Standards which the local authority should bear in mind when setting out licensing conditions. A copy of the standards can be found in the publication, Model Standards 2008 for Caravan Sites in England: Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 - Section 5.
Local Authorities also have powers under the Caravan Sites Act 1968 (external link) to investigate allegations of harassment on sites and to take enforcement action if necessary.
The Department publishes guidance and fact sheets for the residents and owners of park home sites. These are available in the publications section .
If you have any queries about government policy on park home sites that are not answered here please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Practitioners may find further guidance in the publications section.
Key words: Park Homes, Caravan Sites, Mobile Homes