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What happens if the site you're on changes ownership ...will our lease still be honoured or if they have big plans could they force sale ?..ie like a compulsory purchase ?..or can they just hike the site fees and price us out that way ?..

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4 minutes ago, Newish Owner said:

What happens if the site you're on changes ownership ...will our lease still be honoured or if they have big plans could they force sale ?..ie like a compulsory purchase ?..or can they just hike the site fees and price us out that way ?..

What does the small print of the lease actually say?

Has the ownership of the site changed, or is it still owned by the same limited company with ownership of the company changing?

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I'm guessing that all of those scenarios are possible. I doubt they can compulsorily purchase your van but they could make life difficult,  give you notice to quit and remove your van from the site or just raise prices and service charges.

 

AFAIK those on residential site with a residential agreement have a lot more protection than those on holiday sites.

 

You really need to check your agreements and the legislation  appropriate to your situation (holiday or residential)- you may need to consult a specialised solicitor.

Edited by matelodave

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If you are on a holiday/leisure site, then I imagine it depends on whatever terms you have in your agreement.

A useful contract would have details including how long you can site your home, and details of how and when the pitch fee can be increased. If a new owner takes over mid-term and tries to overrule your contract, citizens advice or one of the many free advisory services would give you some advice about how to respond, as there is almost certainly some legislation somewhere that prevents a new operator tearing up existing valid contracts.

One thing that any new owner will do is look to see if anyone is materially breaching the terms of their ownership - which means that anyone on a holiday site using the static as their main home will be fair game for eviction.

 

If you are on a licensed residential site, and have a Written Statement, then the terms will carry on to the new owner (the only exception would be if the old owner leased the land and the lease has expired).

Under the legislation of the Mobile Homes Act a new owner taking over a licensed residential site cannot change your existing terms and conditions or increase the pitch fee beyond that laid down in legislation (although if you are using a residential home as a holiday home, they can get a court order for you to vacate the pitch).

 

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