What is a West Well Park home? Park homes are modern, lodge-style detached homes situated on plots, known as “Pitches”, on privately owned estates. These homes are legally known as “Mobile Homes” and are covered by their own legislation: The Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended by the Housing Act 2004, with similar provisions in Wales and Scotland.
Park homes have efficient double glazing and energy-efficient condensing boilers as standard. All National Park Homes Council (NHPC), manufacturers’ homes carry an approved badge. This signifies that the home has been inspected and approved through the NPHC Certification Scheme as complying with the correct standard. Will I own both the West Well Park home and the land? No. Your park home is covered by a unique form of legal tenure under which the park owner continues to own the land on which the home is sited; but you, as the occupier, own the home itself. The Mobile Homes Act 1983 gives you wide ranging rights allowing you to occupy your Pitch on the park as a resident, as agreed with the land owner. The legal relationship between you and the owner is governed by a very important agreement known as the “Written Statement”. This agreement is transferred to the new occupier whenever a park home is sold on the park.
What documentation should I receive? Under the amendment of the Mobile Homes Act, all prospective owners of park homes must receive a written agreement from the park owner at least twenty-eight days before they complete their purchase and move in, to give them time to understand exactly how things will work. The Written Statement is the most important document you will receive as it sets out the terms on which you are entitled to keep your home on the park and explains your legal rights. Once the agreement is signed, you will need to keep it in a safe place.
Other documents you should receive include:
Park rules, which are to ensure the smooth running of the park, including matters such as, communal parking arrangements and whether or not pets are allowed.
When purchasing a new home;
Information about manufacturers: Gold Shield Warranty Certificate.
Home Manufacturer's Owners: ’ Handbook for your home, covering items for example; the maintenance of the home.
Is Council Tax payable for park homes and if so, how much? No
Do I have to pay commission to the West Well Park owner if I sell my park home? Yes. The payment of commission on the sale of a park home recognises the park owner's investment and interest in the land and park infrastructure. The current maximum commission rate is fixed at 10% by law. The purchaser acquires the park home itself, when a home is sold on (which they then own outright) with the right to station it on the park owner's land as granted within the assignment of the Written Statement.
Is stamp duty applicable when buying a residential West Well Park home? No. Stamp duty is a tax payable on a transfer, conveyance or lease of land. As a park home owner you do not own the land where the home is sited, so no stamp duty is payable.
Are pets allowed on West Well Park? Yes. We allow pets, this is at the park owner's discretion, pets must be well behaved and friendly ensuring that they do not cause any nuisance to other residents.
What is a pitch fee? To occupy a pitch on a park you will need to pay a pitch fee. A pitch fee is paid monthly to the site owner. The pitch fee will form part of the agreement (your Written Statement) it includes charges to cover the site's basic running costs.
Do pitch fees increase yearly? Yes. The pitch fee is increased yearly on a pre-set date. It is only allowed to increase in line with your agreement, which is strictly governed to prevent park owners increasing the fee in an arbitrary way.
Is West Well Park licensed? Yes. Our site is licensed by the local authority. Copies of licences (which may differ between authorities) are available to view upon request.
Does West Well Park have Planning Permission? Yes Planning Permission from the local authority and copies are available to view upon request.
Can West Well Park homes be sold? Yes, West Well Park homes can be sold on the open market.
Can a West Well Park home be passed on in a will? Yes. The home can be passed on just as any other possession. If the home is left to a spouse or partner who is in occupation, the surviving partner will inherit the rights to the park home and can continue to live on the park. Alternatively the home may be put on the open market the 10% commission is not payable at the time the home is inherited but would be payable when the home is sold.
Can I get finance to buy a West Well Park home? Yes. Finance is available but it is preferred that a specialist in park home finance that understands park home law is used. We are happy to give details of this type of an independent finance provider.
Can I buy a previously-owned West Well Park home? Yes. Pre-owned homes may come onto the market on our site eventually. These are considered private sales, and the agreement is transferred from the old owner to the new. The park owner will need approval of new purchasers although approval cannot be unreasonably withheld, without a valid reason being provided. If the home is less than 10 years old, the remaining part of its Gold Shield Warranty will be passed on to the new resident.
Can a West Well Park home be adapted for a disabled person? The beauty of a park home is that they can be adapted to your own individual particular needs, being then fully accessible, the installation of ramps and handrails for access can be arranged.
What guarantees come with a West Well Park home? West Well Park homes come with a ten year Gold Shield Warranty from the manufacturer. Gold Shield covers the cost of remedial restorative work that may be required. In the improbable event of a defect in the load bearing structure of your new home over the ten year period from the original purchase date. Additionally, within the first year, you are entitled to cover for every part, component, fixture and fitting in your new home. However, the Gold Shield warranty is not insured, so it does not replace the need for home cover.
Are West Well Park homes economic to run? Yes. Homes are built to BS 3632 which requires high levels of insulation for year-round occupation. Park homes now come with double glazing and excellent insulation, often requiring less energy than traditionally built homes.
Are West Well Park homes low maintenance? Yes. Even though park homes are erected off site they have the appearance and feel of a traditional bungalow, with PVC glazed windows and decor tile roof.
Are the services connected? Yes, underground ducts carry telephone lines to each home, a standard connection charge to BT will need to be paid at the time you move in. Mini Sky television dishes and television aerials are allowed to be erected in discrete positions. Details on water, sewerage, gas and electricity can be found on this websites information page. How do I insure a West Well Park home? There are many specialist park home insurers on the market. It is recommended that you obtain quotes to compare prices and levels of cover.
Do I need a Solicitor or Surveyor to buy a West Well Park home? There is no legal necessity to appoint a Solicitor or Surveyor when buying a park home. However, you may appoint a Solicitor to handle the purchase of a new or pre-owned park home. West Well Park do not personally recommend any particular companies and advise obtaining written details and quotes for any services required.