Do I need a solicitor when buying or selling a mobile home?

A mobile home (or ‘park home’) is a permanent, detached bungalow style structure, usually located on a private site dedicated for use as a mobile home park. Under English law, a park home is classified as a personal belonging rather than land.

When buying a park home you are buying the the mobile home itself, but not the land on which it stands. It is therefore not strictly necessary to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf when buying or selling a mobile home.

However, when buying or selling a park home, you should be aware of the following:

  • Mobile Home Agreement gives the buyer permission to keep the park home on the site owner’s land or ‘pitch’ as long as the buyer adheres to various obligations. These include payment of rent and utilities in addition to a commitment to pay 10% of the sale price to the site owner upon any future sale of the mobile home. As with any legal document, it is advisable to seek advice from a lawyer specialising in the transfer of park homes before signing the Agreement to ensure you fully understand the obligations involved.
  • Mobile Homes (Selling and Gifting) (England) Regulations 2013 sets out the law governing the sale of most modern park homes. The regulations were introduced to combat unfair practices by some mobile home park owners. In addition to this, the regulations set a strict process which must be followed when selling a mobile home. Failure to comply with this process could result in the buyer having a right to set aside the sale and reclaim the price paid for the home. Hiring a specialist solicitor will help you ensure your buyer will not be able to void the sale at a later date.

Our specialist team of Conveyancers are experts in assisting with sales and purchases of park homes. For more information and advice, please call 0113 264 4414 or email conveyancing@emsleys.co.uk.

Mark Laird

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Mark Laird

Conveyancing

Mark worked as a paralegal for five years before qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007. Since then he has specialised in all aspects of residential conveyancing.

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