What is a West Well Park holiday lodge? West Well Park Luxury Park lodges are situated on plots, known as “Pitches”, on a privately owned estate.
Our lodges 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 holiday lodge and the land? No. Your holiday lodge is covered by a unique form of legal tenure under which the park owner continues to own the land on which the lodge is sited; but you, as the occupier, own the lodge itself. The Mobile Homes Act 1983 gives you wide ranging rights allowing you to occupy your Pitch on the park, 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 lodge 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 begin the use of their lodge, to give them time to understand exactly how things will work.
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 holiday lodge;
Information about manufacturers: Gold Shield Warranty Certificate.
Home Manufacturer's Owners: ’ Handbook for your home, covering items for example; the maintenance of the lodge.
Is Council Tax payable for holiday lodges and if so, how much? No
Do I have to pay commission to the West Well Park owner if I sell my holiday lodge? Yes. The payment of commission on the sale of a lodge recognises the park owner's investment and interest in the land and park infrastructure. The current maximum commission rate is fixed at 15%. The purchaser acquires the park lodge itself when a lodge 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 West Well Park holiday lodge? No. Stamp duty is a tax payable on a transfer, conveyance or lease of land. As a holiday lodge owner you do not own the land where the lodge 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 lodge owners.
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. West Well Park is licensed by the local authority, benefiting from 12 months access. Copies of licences (which may differ between authorities) are available to view upon request.
Can I live permanently at West Well Park? Although it would be lovely to live at West Well Park all year round, lodges are for holiday use only, but with 12 months access. Our owners frequently travel down to their lodge at the weekends and spend several weeks here in the summer. We do ask owners to provide proof of a permanent address before they purchase their lodge.
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 holiday lodges can be sold on the open market.
Can a West Well Park lodge be passed on in a will? Yes. The lodge can be passed on just like any other possession. If the holiday lodge is left to a spouse or partner, the surviving partner will inherit the rights to the lodge and can continue to use the lodge, subject to continuing the previous agreement with the park owner. Alternatively, the lodge may be put on the open market the 10% commission is not payable at the time the lodge is inherited but would be payable when the lodge is sold.
Can I sublet my West Well Park lodge? No, West Well Park holiday lodges cannot be sublet and are for the sole use of the lodge owner and their family only.
Can I buy a previously-owned West Well Park lodge? Yes. Pre-owned lodges 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 to approve new purchasers although approval cannot be unreasonably withheld, without a valid reason being provided. If the lodge is less than 10 years old, the remaining part of its Gold Shield Warranty will be passed on to the new owner.
Can a West Well Park holiday lodge be adapted for a disabled person? The beauty of a bespoke lodge is that it 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 lodges 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 lodge 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 lodge. However, the Gold Shield warranty is not insured, so it does not replace the need for "home cover".
Are West Well Park lodges economic to run? Yes. Lodges are built to BS 3632 which requires high levels of insulation for year-round use. Park lodges now come with double glazing and excellent insulation, often requiring less energy than traditionally built homes.
Are West Well Park lodges low maintenance? Yes. Even though park lodges 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 lodge, 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 holiday lodge? There are many specialist 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 lodge? There is no legal necessity to appoint a Solicitor or Surveyor when buying a holiday lodge. However, you may appoint a Solicitor to handle the purchase of a new or pre-owned holiday lodge. West Well Park do not personally recommend any particular companies and advise obtaining written details and quotes for any services required.