Are you selling a park home? Thankfully, it is easier to do so now than ever before. In 2013, the government brought in the Mobile Homes Act to give park homeowners more protection. This law offers you extra rights should you wish to sell your home. This is very good news for anyone who may want to sell! However, there are still some rules and regulations you need to be aware of.
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Park owners will still hold some rights when it comes to any homes you want to sell. Of course, you should be aware of these terms when you first sign an agreement. We always recommend you look carefully through your agreement with a solicitor to make sure you understand what you agree to. However, it is also a good idea to keep a solicitor on side throughout your time as a park homeowner!
So – what are your rights when selling a park property, or selling a mobile home? How can the Mobile Homes Act of 2013 support you? Let’s take a closer look.
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It’s been a few years since the Act made it into UK law; however, opinion is still mixed. Many people feel that the law has been a fantastic help in encouraging more people to sell and buy homes. Others, however, feel that it wasn’t necessary.
The biggest changes in the law after the Act meant that park owners became less involved in the home selling process. Before 2013, park management could stop sales in their tracks if they didn’t agree to new owners and purchasers.
There are a few reasons why a park owner may not agree to specific buyers. For example, if they run a gated park for retirees, they would immediately refuse anyone under a certain age. It is understandable why park owners would make some decisions like this. However, the new Act gives a lot more power back to homeowners, instead.
Regardless of how you feel about the Act, it is good news that your rights when selling a park home have the backing of UK law.
The date you need to remember is the 26th of May 2013. If you bought your home and took ownership before this date, you will still need to send the park owner a notice of proposed sale form if you find a buyer. They have no legal right to know any personal details about your buyer; however, they do still have the right to object to a sale.
If you became a park homeowner after this date, you won’t need to send any forms to your park owner. The law essentially changed so that homeowners could go ahead with sales without the threat of park owners intervening.
This move was unpopular with some park owners. Park home agreements are fair and legal by design, and many believe that further protection for sellers wasn’t necessary. If nothing else, the changes have made things a little more efficient for new sellers.
The new Act changed the way park owners can intervene in sales. From the 26th May 2013, new park homeowners can now sell their property without the need for site owners to approve of buyers. This means that, ultimately, you have the final say as a seller. You don’t even need to tell a park owner that you are going ahead with a sale!
The Act also requires sellers and buyers to follow a few procedures to ensure sales are above board. This means you will need to use forms available through the government itself, which you can download directly from GOV.UK.
You must also bear in mind that any buyers you find should agree to park rules and regulations. Park owners can no longer interfere in these private sales. This even applies if you signed an agreement that originally said they could! The government also specifically states that no one can legally ‘put off’ a buyer and lie to block sales.
Let’s take a quick look at the selling process, and your rights, if you own an older property.
This is where rules can be slightly different, so let’s break things down further.
There are a few more points to consider when selling a park home, especially when the Act of 2013 is concerned.
Selling a park home is, arguably, easier for homeowners now than a few years ago. However, there are still a few points you should bear in mind. If you would like to know more about your rights when selling a mobile home, contact our team or read our guides at your convenience! Otherwise, don’t forget that the government’s full guide to the Act provides a lot of helpful extra reading.