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  1. By "off" season, do you mean the "closed" season? In which case, yes, I think they can. Access allowed during a closed season is generally intended for checks and maintenance, not so that you can carry on using the van as normal. Unless your contract specifies that you can actually use your van (not just access it) for the whole 12 months, there is probably not much you can do about it - although you can always ask them why and see what they say.
  2. Have you tried asking the manufacturer directly? Most of them have pretty helpful tech depts. Not sure about Pemberton, but when a park home is designed to take a wall TV, the manufacturers build in some wall re-inforcement to take the weight. If your walls have no reinforcement, you may need to ask the best way to spread the weight load.
  3. Hello and welcome. In order to live on a residential park, you will need to purchase an already sited residential park home, either directly from the park owners or from the existing owners. You will not find a licensed residential park that will allow bring-ons. If you want to look at residential sites, then the website parkhome-living.co.uk has information and lists of licensed residential sites, it also has a forum for residential park home owners. There are some holiday sites which allow bring-ons, but you will not be able to live there, regardless of what some people may say - there are numerous reports of people who tried and then either the site management changed, or the local council started enforcing the site licence, and people ended up losing prettymuch everything. There are lots of places around the mainland that would fit the criteria you ask for, so your best bet will be to research whereabouts you want to live, then look at all properties for sale (not just park homes) but sadly it seems that your holiday static may have to be sold. Good luck.
  4. I note that everyone said "we were told..", "they said.." It was probably perfectly true at the time they were told, but when management has an overhaul then the only thing that is useful is having in written down in your contract, and apparently all that was written down was 15 years. It can be a bit of a minefield - which is why it pays to do a lot of research first.
  5. very wise advice already given. If you have (a) purchased a static from them, and (b) have sufficient evidence to show that what you are getting is not what you were promised, then at 11 weeks you may be in a position to reject the static and get a refund under the Sale of Goods Act (consumer rights). It will be more complicated if you have purchased via a loan or hire purchase. As said, Citizens Advice should be able to help - if you have a good home insurance policy, then they may have a legal helpline to suggest some action, or even join Which?, which has a legal advice section. And - have you actually asked the Park what you need to do because you are not happy? They may already have a set procedure for this sort of thing, and pretty sure that any solicitor you go to will want to know what the Park operators said when you told them you were not happy and wanted to leave.
  6. The prices mentioned are for holiday use only. Some may be on 12 month sites, but none were for residential use (all residential are 12 months, but not all 12 months are residential...).
  7. According to Rightmove, a search from Bridlington with a 10 mile radius gives holiday statics/lodges with prices ranging from £12,500 to £150,000. The same search from Windemere gives prices ranging from £27,995 to (gulp) £650,000. That was not a misprint - £650,000. The next most expensive was (only) £450,000. Falbarrow holiday park, if anyone wants to rush off and spend the kid's inheritance.
  8. have a look and see if there is a manufacturer's plate on the chassis near the front. If it is on a park, the park operator may have the manufacturer name on record. If it is not on a chassis, it may be a Terrapin.
  9. hello and welcome. As you suspect, there is every possibility that at the end of the 7 years you will be given the "upgrade, sell or take it away" option. If you read through the threads, finding another site to move the current van to is not easy; there are sites which will accept vans moved from other sites (depending on space and the age/type of van) but this is usually not a cheap or easy option. You are already off to a good start - you are happy with the price you paid, and enjoying the van. My recommendation would be to thoroughly enjoy the 7 years you know you have, do not worry about what may or may not happen in 7 years, and see what your options are when your contract is near to an end - it may get renewed on an annual basis. Start off with the assumption that the money you paid is gone, you are paying for the enjoyment and fun you will have over the next 7 years, then if the worst happens you will not be disappointed, and if the best happens you will be very pleasantly surprised. Have fun.
  10. ?? Heard about boilers that will spark but not ignite, never heard about one sparking without any heating or hot water demand. Have you considered asking a local gas-safe technician to have a look? could be safe than asking for comments on a general forum; maybe contact whoever services it for you and ask the question.
  11. For what it is worth - I would always expect to go to the seller's premises, private or trade, to sight van and documents, pay and collect. If the engineer who inspected it is known to you personally, then that would make a difference. But - If the engineer was somebody suggested by the seller, then I would be wondering why the seller was being so obliging as to tow it for 90 minutes to the services for you. I am overly cynical, but I would wonder if there is a reason why they did not want you to see where it was coming from. The suggestions to go up the night before so you can see it at the premises are the best ones.
  12. ADDED: Just looked at the Cofton Holiday Park website. It makes it clear that the licence is given for 15 years from new, and are for holiday use only. The offerered models are from holiday static manufacturers, not residential, so in a cold winter your heating bills will almost certainly be high. The pitch fee is pretty high, because the park offers a lot of facilities (which you would not be able to get on a residential site). If the Park is monitoring useage, you ould either (a) not be able to buy, or (b)buy and then get told you are contravening the agreement, so find a home elsewhere please. If they are not monitoring useage, in 15 years you (a) may be able to renew your agreement, or (b) may have to buy a newer model. You will probably only get about 5% of the original purchase price back on your current model, so need to budget for buying the next home. If the Park changes hands, the new owners will want to make money by redeveloping where they can, and the best way to do that is to get some pitches empty. The first pitches to be emptied will be those not complying with their agreement (holiday use only). Spending £70,000plus for a 15 year licence works out at £4,666 a year, plus fees, with virtually no residual value. Spend it for the pleasure and enjoyment you will get from it - yes. But do not rely on being able to live there for your retirement. Make sure you have somewhere to go if or when the worst happens.
  13. The word "holiday" is a good indicator. If the park is properly run, then you will not be able to move there - simple as that. It will not be a case of just providing another address, if the park values its licence it will ask to see things that prove you have another home elsewhere, such as utility bills in your name. If you do decide, after all the warnings, to move to a holiday park where the owner turns a blind eye, then yes - at some stage you will have to start all over again. Could be 15 years, could be 18 months - your gamble. Bear in mind that on a holiday park that turns a bind eye to people living there full time you have a risk that you end up with the same situation as you are in now - if the site operators ignore one aspect of their licence, they may ignore many more. Unfortunately Devon is an expensive area. There are 71 licensed residential parks in Devon, but I suspect that you will need about £120,000 plus to get a residential park home. But you will not have to leave it or sell it unless you want to, unlike on a holiday park. (Does it have to be Devon? Could you sell the holiday van as well and buy a residential park home or a bricks&mortar retirement property elsewhere?). Your money, your risk. The local council are unlikely to rehouse you if you are evicted from a holiday park, as they will consider that you have made yourselves intentionally homeless. As mentioned the parkhome-living.co.uk website has useful pages, including a list of residential parks county by county. You could always visit some parks next time you are on holiday and walk around to see what is for sale (unlike holiday, residential owners sell privately, not via the park office). Good luck in whatever you decide to do. There will be a suitable place somewhere, you just have to find it.
  14. Only you will be able to decide whether or not it is a good idea. On the assumption that you are talking about a residential park home on a protected site (i.e, one that has the full legal protection of the Mobile Homes Act) then yes, it should get you an older park home; in most areas it will probably be a single unit (12 or 14ft wide, rather than 20-22ft wide). The price of residential park homes tracks the local property market, so areas that are expensive for houses will be expensive for park homes, and vice-versa - park homes are rather going "mainstream" now, which is pushing prices up. The most important thing is to make sure that you buy on a park that has a full residential licence, not just a 12 month leisure licence - otherwise you will be taking a huge gamble. There are some residential parks that rent, but it has to be rented from the park owner- residents are not legally allowed to rent or sublet a park home, it has to be owner-occupied. It is not possible to get a mortgage (or equity release) on a park home. You will have to pay a pitch fee, which is for your right to keep the home on the pitch, along with normal utility bills and council tax (the older homes are almost invariably band A). The pitch fee varies from region to region, park to park, and (in some cases) from pitch to pitch. There is strict legislation about when and how it can be increased, and if you buy a park home from the existing resident you inherit their agreement, the park operator cannot change it for a new resident. Be very , very certain it is what you want, as current legislation is that whenever a residential park home is sold, 90% of the price is paid to the seller and 10% to the Park - so whatever you sell it for, you will only receive 90% of the value. And again, the mot important part of the process will be finding the right park. It needs to have the correct licence, and never buy without first walking around and talking to as many existing residents as you can to find out what the park is like. It is adviseable to use a specialist park home solicitor, and at the very least get the underside of the home surveyed by a specialist chassis surveyor before committing yourself. Carry out LOTS of research - you are buying your future home, not a static caravan.
  15. Research can be part of the fun - we knew zero about caravan dwelling when we first considered it (not even as much as you). Remember that one of the benefits of a licensed residential park (known as a "protected site") is that there is NO age limit for the home which has a legal protection, whereas on a holiday site, as Paul1957 says, there is very probably a requirement to replace the home for a newer model - which not everybody can afford to do. Again, on a residential site the increase i pitch fee is controlled under legislation, whereas on a holiday site it depends on your contract - but, as warned by Paul1957, there is a fee, which you do have to pay, and it will increase by (currently) RPI each year (It should get changed to CPI sometime). Both sites are the same in that you will own the caravan outright, but not the land under it - but on a residential site, that home can stay on that pitch for as long as it stands upright (unless the park owner is leasing the land, in which case the right ends when the lease runs out). I have heard of many 40-50 year old park homes being refurbished by their new owners, so their lifespan is pretty good. For residential park homes, the best website is parkhome-living.co.uk, which also has a forum specifically for people living in/considering living in a park home. The website also lists which residential parks have open days, and when there are shows, which can be useful just to have a look and ask questions (you can often get free biscuits as well..) The www.gov.uk/government/collections/park-homes gives some useful information. There is a facebook page (I am not a member of facebook) titled something like I Live In A Park Home, which will give you all the negative aspects (unfortunately, it gives only the negative side as it was set up by people who have had very bad experiences) but it is useful to counterbalance the glossy publicity with the pitfalls. The facebook page may put you off entirely, but in honesty the majority of people who live in a park home are quite happy with their choice. Not sure where you live, but some of the manufacturers have showrooms and can give you information and advice - two big manufacturers are the Prestige/Homeseeker group and Tingdene, both have showrooms in Northants near Kettering. Bear in mind that (unless you have your own land) it is not possible to buy a home and then arrange a site. If buying a new home, it has to be via the park (although you can be very involved talking to the manufacturer about models and design) and if a used home it will be already on the park and probably purchased directly from the current owner. Most resales end up on Rightmove, but unfortunately few estate agents know the difference between residential and holiday, so they all get described as Park Homes. Have fun researching.
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