What’s a Written Statement and why is it important?
A Written Statement is an important document between the park and the homeowner that sets out the terms in which you will be entitled to keep your park home on the park. This document details your legal rights and must include:
- Who the agreement is between
- The starting date
- Details of your pitch (new written agreements will also include a plan)
- Details of your home
- The date the site owner's planning permission expires (in most cases, there is no specified date, so you will be able to live on the park indefinitely)
- Pitch fees – the amount, when payable, what services are covered by the pitch fee and the annual review date
- A list of additional charges (if applicable)
A park owner is required by law to give you a copy of the Written Statement 28 days before you commit to purchase. This time frame allows you to review the terms and understand what owning a park home and living on the park will mean. If you’re looking to buy from a homeowner, the same applies and a copy of the Written Statement must be provided 28 days prior to committing to purchase. In both cases, if you’re looking to proceed more quickly, it is possible for a shorter time period to be agreed.
As with all matters of this nature, we strongly advise that you seek professional advice and that you receive and understand the Written Statement before your purchase.
For further information on park home law, you may wish to contact the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE); a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) funded by government to provide free advice on the law relating to Park Homes in England www.parkhomes.lease-advice.org.