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Old 14-07-2019, 16:01
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We have a 19 year old Willerby Static Caravan sited on a park near Skegness. We wanted to sell it, so we found a buyer willing to pay 4500 for it.
OK we thought, we will have to pay the rip off 2300 name change but they were OK to pay next years site fees.

So we would get around 2K for the caravan.

We went to the site owners where they told us that they would not let the new owner stay on the site when buying our older caravan, we were welcome to stay as long as we like, but the new owner had to take it off.

Then they told us that there is a commission to pay when selling your static caravan and that commission is 2K of course.

Then there is a 750 charge to disconnect it so it can be collected from a parking area.

The site owners said they would give us 450 for the caravan. They have similiar models for sale starting at 6995.

Is this a rip off or what?
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Old 14-07-2019, 16:57
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It looks like it to me. It's about time that there were some laws passed but that is probably not going to happen.
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Old 14-07-2019, 19:43
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Well there are plenty of sites where 15 years is the max and even you wouldn't be allowed to stay on. I guess it all depends on what it says on your licence.

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Old 14-07-2019, 21:20
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What does your written licence state?
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Old 15-07-2019, 15:15
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Sadly I don't think there is anything that you can do, we had just signed our deposit over and then found a caravanner on our site who wanted to leave, paid 8k 2 years ago and had been offered 2k. They were aware of 3 other sets of people this had happened to this year, so it will probably be the same or worse for us. The problem is that you are offered Glass's valuation (or similar) and it's pretty much worthless, (ours is 2002 so not far off same boat as you) but then the space that you rent is worth something, but that belongs to the caravan site to sell. So we will have lost at least 5k, so we have to stay for at least 5 years to make it worthwhile in our case. In my mind it's a bit liking buying the leasehold of a commercial premises, we don't actually really own anything. Best to just keep depreciation to a minimum and cut losses. I've been reading some real horror stories on some of the very commercial sites. People are losing thousands!! Can you keep the van and continue to enjoy it, or let family enjoy it?
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Old 20-07-2019, 10:24
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Always best to read through the agreement before buying in the first place, There is no age limit on vans on our site but the lease clearly says we can only sell the caravan onto anyone while its under ten years, there is no extra fees due to the new owner and if the ground rent is paid then its paid for the new owner, after ten years it needs to be sold back to the site,Good thing with the vans for sale on this site they are not overpriced to start with, but point to note they are never an investment.
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