Mobile homes in Wales
New laws about mobile homes in Wales apply from 1 October 2014.
Mobile home owners in Wales who live permanently on a residential site have more rights and better protection from 1 October 2014.
The changes make it easier for you to sell your home on the open market, without involving the site owner. There are also changes to rules about pitch fees, site rules and giving away your home.
Which mobile homes are protected by the new rules?
The rules do not apply to mobile homes on a holiday site. You can find out from your local authority whether a site is classed as a holiday site.
Local authority licensing
From 1 October 2014, local authorities have more power to make sure that site owners keep to the terms of their site licence. Local authorities can prosecute or fine site owners who break the conditions of the licence.
Information and forms
You can find information and factsheets on the Welsh Government website on the following issues:
- selling or giving away a mobile home
- pitch fees
- site rules
- qualifying residents’ associations
- going to a tribunal.
On the same website you can also find the forms you need to use if you want to sell or give away your home.
► Mobile Homes Act – Welsh Government at www.wales.gov.uk
Help with problems
If you are concerned about conditions on your site you can try and sort them out with the site manager or owner. If this doesn't work, your local authority is responsible for managing your site owner's licence, so you can contact your local authority for more information and advice.
Other useful information
National Association of Park Home Residents (NAPHR)
National Association of Park Home Residents
38b Abergele Road
Tel/Fax: 01492 535677
The National Association of Park Home Residents (NAPHR) is a voluntary organisation for mobile home owners.
Independent Park Home Advisory Service (IPHAS)
Independent Park Home Advisory Service
17 Ashley Wood Park
Helpline: 0800 612 8938
The Independent Park Home Advisory Service (IPHAS) can give advice and information to mobile home owners, or people thinking of becoming a mobile home owner. IPHAS can also help in forming residents' associations and resolving disputes)
National Caravan Council
The National Caravan Council (NCC), is the trade organisation that represents the UK park home (residential caravan or mobile home) industry. It provides information on residential mobile homes on a dedicated park homes website.
► Residential park home living – Park Homes at www.theparkhome.net