January 23rd, 2013
Park Homes and Holiday Caravan: Don’t Get Confused
With more and more people opting to take cheap winter breaks in the UK rather than heading abroad, the number of holiday caravan parks offering extended, 12-month seasons of operation is on the increase.
However, there has been some confusion about these extended seasons, with many buyers unsure as to how much time they can spend in their unit per year. Remember: a 12-month season on a holiday caravan park does not give you a license to move in to your holiday caravan on a permanent basis.
While park homes are specifically equipped to handle residential usage, a static caravan holiday home will not be. What’s more, moving into a static caravan holiday home on a residential basis is illegal.
The law states that all UK residents must have an address registered for tax reasons. As a static caravan holiday home will not be tax registered, the owner must have a registered property elsewhere in the country.
A park home will be tax registered, and therefore it is perfectly legal to move in on a permanent basis if you desire.
So, to avoid some serious bother with the taxman, make sure you use your static caravan holiday home for holidaying purposes only, and purchase a specifically registered park home if you plan to move in to the caravan or lodge on a permanent basis.
John Burns writes for www.MyParkHome.com, a site providing information and news for buyers of park homes.