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Old 15-10-2016, 19:45
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Default Rules change at holiday park for selling on

When we bought our first static in 2011 the holiday park told us that as the van was a 2003 model that after 2015 we wouldn't be allowed to sell it, except off site. The usual story they must be given first refusal and if they don't want it, you could sell it on Gumtree sited at the holiday park, with the usual commission, 20% +VAT.

So in 2015, the 12th birthday year of the caravan we sold it to the park (who then added 10k onto what we got for it) and upgraded to another 'private sale' on the holiday park. (They then sold our 2003 van claiming it was now a 2004 model!!!)

The new caravan, though a 2005 model is a Swift Debut, a fantastic van with central heating, double glazing, tv aerials in all rooms, ensuite shower, dressing room, double oven, integrated fridge frezzer and a washing machine along with stand alone 'Harveys' furniture.

We thought that was us settled and never considered the possibility, desire or need to sell.

However life takes various directions and we've recently bought a house just 20 mins away from the holiday park, making the use of the van a bit pointless now.

This being 2016, we thought we would have till the end of 2017 to offer our van for sale, assuming the park didn't want it.

BOMBSHELL......new park rules, buried in the small print, now say you cannot sell your van if it is over TEN YEARS old!!!!!

So we are now left with a van that is essentially dealer/scrap value.

We haven't yet decided to sell as we need to use it till mid March 2017 and haven't raised it with sales on the holiday park.

Does anyone think this is unfair? Especially as when we bought the 2005 van in 2015 it was sold under the then current rules of TWELVE years.

They don't have an age limit, just the fact that you cant sell it now after it is TEN years old, instead of the previous TWELVE years old.

So they move the goalposts to suit themselves!

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 16-10-2016, 10:28
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Our site has done a similar thing before you could rent through them a van up to 10 years old now it is 8 seasons. I think new conditions should be to new buyers and the rules as when you bought apply to you however they have not been successful in challenging it.
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Old 16-10-2016, 10:29
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Quite agree, on the forum you will find numerous threads/posts regarding the virtue of having a contract. On the face of it it would seem to give the static owner some security regarding their purchase, however a change of management/park policy and the said agreement can be changed and basically there is not a lot you can do.

Probably the best way to think about your "investment" is to write off the capital cost and if you do sell anything you get is a bonus.

How many of us can be sure of what is ahead of us whether it health, employment or personal circumstances but how many of us will take that into consideration when confronted with a lovely new/newish holiday home (not caravan) on a great pitch and that awfully nice salesperson explaining the lifestyle and the many holidays and memories ahead for you and your nearest and dearest.
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Did you sign the agreement?
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Old 17-10-2016, 07:39
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This is a bone of contention with me when sites change alter the conditions of sale/how long you can stay on a pitch. Ours originally was off after so many years then it was MOTs and stay on yearly contracts now its off after 18 years and who knows it could change yet again with no notice. I think ours at the moment at 18 years from new is very fair - although I think 20 would be fairer given most caravans are still quite useable at that age but hey ho not going to quibble over 2 years ( just moan a bit ). Anyway my point is that when an agreement is signed wouldn't it be fairer for it to stay as written for the duration of that particular owners term and if sold privately before the end of that agreement the new owner should inherit the rest of the time at the original terms and any changes made in-between only passed on at the end of the contract. Pretty much saying exactly the same as Maddy but taking longer

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If you signed an agreement for a period of time, it should not be changed during that period. If you are on an annual agreement then it could be changed after the end of each year. That why we issue fixed term agreements with 20 years on new caravans. Neither the customer or us can change the terms during that time
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Do people on sites with no limit,get a new agreement each year to sign?
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Potentially they do, although I suspect some just get an invoice for the season
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Do people on sites with no limit,get a new agreement each year to sign?
We signed an agreement when we purchased ( annual review )

Not signed anything since.. we just get an invoice with the adjusted site fees on etc..



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We signed an agreement when we purchased ( annual review )

Not signed anything since.. we just get an invoice with the adjusted site fees on etc..

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Annual Review... I'm afraid that's your problem. Fixed term contracts are the only way to know where you're at.
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