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Hello everyone,

 

Could you possibly help me regarding the law on usng my static as my home. I am getting confused messages regarding council tax. Some say you need to vacate your van for 3 weeks some say a day others a month. The council say if you have NO permanent residence in the UK you pay full council tax (£900 a year !)

 

Would love some answers if any one can help,

 

 

Could l also add the van will not be on a caravan park but a friends land as a semi security measure.

Thanks.

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There are several laws!

 

Planning permission varies according to the type of site - residential, ie 12 months/year - holiday, ie 10 months/year.

 

You'll need to pay council tax somewhere, just avoid paying twice - if you're trying to avoid paying altogether . .......................

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As Roger says, it's about council tax, you need a brick and mortar address somewhere in the UK or your libel to tax on the static as a home.

Councils with many large static sites are though trapped between a rock and a hard place, on the one hand they want the tax but they also want the occupants and their spending power.

 

To help get round this sites shut and this can vary from a couple of weeks to 3 months, the site can then be shown as non-residential. The instance I'm thinking of is 3 months and the council once the date passes is red hot on it, your allowed in during the day perhaps to fetch something but don't try staying overnight!! the site owner will turf you off instantly or they'd run the likely risk of loosing their licence

 

As I understand it, the money saved helps pay for a long warm holiday while the sites shut, Benidorm seems to be a favourite!

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As I understand it, the money saved helps pay for a long warm holiday while the sites shut, Benidorm seems to be a favourite!

 

Don't I wish ! We close for 6 weeks & work our socks of to get everything done that we cann't do while we're open .

The law is fixed in stone but how different sites & councils interpret/enforce it are totally different . The law states that a static caravan on a HOLIDAY park must not be your main UK residence . We had a letter from our council stating that if someone spent more time in their caravan than at their "home " then they would deem the caravan as the "MAIN UK RESIDENCE" which is illegal . Some councils look at it that if someone "lives " in their caravan then it takes one more person/family off of the waiting list for a house . Even if the council do take this attitude it will depend on what the park has in it's rules & license agreement . Ours states "Weekend & holiday use only" & we are small enough to know who might abuse it .

Interestingly a park near us that has about 700 vans on only has a Holiday licence but turns a blind eye to people staying . Last winter while closed they realised that a lot of cars were there all day every day on investigation they found out that the people did night work so technically were not breaking the rules for closure period as the rules stated no night time occupancy .

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We lived in our touring caravan for 2 1/2 years on the same site but had to vacate for a month every year. Generally this was for the month of January. There were many static owners on the same site and others in the vicinity who did the same and for the one month gapped it to Spain. that way you were not liable for council tax.

It would be very difficult to police and not worth the effort, however theree are sites where 12 month occupancy is allowed but you pay council tax. If sited on private land, you will need to probably pay council tax as you will have applied for planning permission as drainage, water, sewage and other connections will have had to be laid and obviously the council will know it is to be sued as a permanent residence.

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  • 4 years later...

Hi, Im thinking of placing a static caravan on a friends land for the purpose of living in for 10 months of the year. Just wondering if there is a way to get around sewage connections by means of a septic mound?

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