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Old 05-01-2019, 20:09
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Thanks for letting me to join this site, I am Michelle a district nurse from Stockton on Tees
I am looking to buy a static to live somewhere in the north east, maybe Thirsk area.
What are your pros and cons of living in your static ?
Any ideas what I need to look out for when buying etc ?

Would be great to hear from you all soon xx
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Old 05-01-2019, 23:16
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Lots of cons. You may own the van but you will never own the plot. If it's a holiday site you are breaking planning laws, chances are you will need proof of a permanent address where you are paying council tax. You will have no secure tenancy. Most static caravans are not suitable for living in in the winter, keeping them warm can be very expensive....there are so many reasons not to do this.
There is of course park homes which are very different beasts and still have lots of cons.....research, research, research, orbit could be a very expensive mistake

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:12
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to the forum Michelle 1966.

If you are in that area of N.Yorks you have a lovely patch to work in.

As to living in a static that’s less lovely, I’m afraid.

Your major problem is finding somewhere where it can be sited, as sites need planning permission and round there new sites are difficult to be O.K.’d. Existing sites are either licensed as “ holiday” or “residential”.

You should not live on a holiday park as that could cause all sorts of problems. If you tried to do this and got caught, it could become a very major problem, as you could be thrown off the site ( or in extremise the site could loose it’s license and have to close down).
To live in a ‘van you need to be on a residential site. These are operated under stricter laws that should offer more rights to a ‘van owner.

As to the ‘vans themselves “residential standard” ‘vans are built to higher specs than “ holiday” ‘vans and cost more accordingly.

Financially ‘van living seem a cheaper option but it isn’t. Buy bricks & mortar and you have made an investment. Buy a ‘van and your monies gone, certainly if it’s a “holiday” van on a holiday site. Residential vans may hold their value better, but are often nearly as much as bricks & mortar, however they are more expensive to run.

Please, please, do your research and make sure you know what you are doing. Where static vans are concerned attempting to live the dream, if it goes wrong, can become a horrible financial nightmare.
Whatever you do I wish you the very best for 2019, and many years to come, in N.Yorks.
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Old 06-01-2019, 13:08
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Thanks for letting me to join this site, I am Michelle a district nurse from Stockton on Tees
I am looking to buy a static to live somewhere in the north east, maybe Thirsk area.
What are your pros and cons of living in your static ?
Any ideas what I need to look out for when buying etc ?

Would be great to hear from you all soon xx
Hello and welcome.
There are numerous warnings on this forum and elsewhere about the risks of living on a holiday park, and they are all very true.
If you are thinking of buying somewhere to live in, then you need to look at residential sites, which will be park homes rather than static homes, and are intended to be used for living in all year.
There is a section on here about Park homes, which has some useful reading, and you would do well to look on the parkhome-living.co.uk website which has a lot of inormation about residential parks, including a search engine (there is at least one residential park in Thirsk).
Also look at the gov.uk website about park homes which gives some information about your rights and responsibilities under the Mobile Homes Act.
Please take time to carry out a lot of research before even going to look at any homes - you may decide that park home life is not for you after all, or you may decide to go ahead in which case you will be armed with information to make a sensible choice.
The biggest difference between residential and holiday is that on a park licensed for residential us it is a "protected site" and you have security of tenure under the Mobile Homes Act, whereas on a park licensed for holiday use you only have whatever your contract says, with the only legal protection that of the Consumer Act.
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Old 07-01-2019, 13:48
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Join the following Facebook forum and read before making any decisions:

PARK HOLIDAYS (& other parks) Unhappy Caravan Owners/Users past and present

You will get a much clearer idea of what happens when you try and live on a holiday park by reading that forum.
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Old 07-01-2019, 15:47
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All good advice above. As stated in truth living on a park home is the thing to do if you are definitely going to go ahead with your plan but it still is not the investment as you would achieve from buying bricks an mortar. Think very carefully before you jump.
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Old 07-01-2019, 17:25
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Another thing to consider is that most residential parks have age restrictions on residents (not visitors), as the majority are aimed at the retired/semi-retired.
Residential Park homes are currently holding their value quite well (they usually track the local housing market) but selling them on can be harder as you will be legally responsible for making sure that the new buyer is aware of and able to comply with the site rules - and you will only receive 90% of the sale price, as 10% has to be held back by the purchaser to pay to the Park.
A residential Park home is not an investment, or a step onto the housing ladder, it is a lifestyle.
It is not possible to take out a mortgage or equity release on a Park home.
You will not be allowed to sublet or take in lodgers/paying guests at any time (you can invite family and friends to visit and stay as often as you want).
Carry out a lot of research - the majority of Park home dwellers are very happy wit their choice, the majorit of unhappy ones are those who did not carry out sufficient research beforehand.
Good luck in whatever you do.
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Old 07-01-2019, 20:51
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Join the following Facebook forum and read before making any decisions:

PARK HOLIDAYS (& other parks) Unhappy Caravan Owners/Users past and present

You will get a much clearer idea of what happens when you try and live on a holiday park by reading that forum.

With the greatest respect, having read the advice that is being given (in good faith) on these Facebook groups that are springing up, please be careful who you listen to.
Please research carefully, and check what you're reading is correct
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Old 07-01-2019, 22:44
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With the greatest respect, having read the advice that is being given (in good faith) on these Facebook groups that are springing up, please be careful who you listen to.
Please research carefully, and check what you're reading is correct
Surely this applies to everything you read, not just on Facebook. At the end of the day, everything we read on the internet, this forum included, should be read, checked and verified before taking action. The majority of people we encounter on the internet are nameless, faceless strangers, whose advice should only be considered in conjunction with research from all sources, including those on Facebook as just one resource of many.
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Surely this applies to everything you read, not just on Facebook. At the end of the day, everything we read on the internet, this forum included, should be read, checked and verified before taking action. The majority of people we encounter on the internet are nameless, faceless strangers, whose advice should only be considered in conjunction with research from all sources, including those on Facebook as just one resource of many.
Couldn't agree more!

Fortunately, here on GoStatic, there is still respect for one another too, sadly lacking on the internet these days.
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