Funding the purchase of a holiday home through traditional lending from a bank is not as easy as it used to be and many holiday park owners will be looking at different ways to clinch a deal.
Hire purchase agreements for the purchase of caravans as a way of securing a buyer are getting more popular but they bring their own complications and park owners who are considering offering hire purchase should consider carefully the benefits and downsides of doing so. read more
An elderly couple and their daughter died last weekend in Cornwall as a result of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. The tragedy followed the death of a 14 year old girl last year who, after bringing a barbecue into her tent to try and keep warm, died from the fumes. read more
The holiday season is upon us and fingers are being crossed for a sunny start. Not least because it will hopefully attract all those potential caravan and lodge buyers to your park. The new season is also a good time to undertake a review of the Holiday Licence Agreement you will be offering to your buyers. read more
Provisions of the Equality Act 2010 coming in to force on 1 October 2012 will introduce a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services. This will be of particular interest to holiday park owners whose booking policies treat people differently because of their age. The legislation does not apply to children under the age of 18 so a ‘no children’ policy can continue but restricting access to other age groups could potentially be unlawful. We will be writing about this in more detail in the next issue of Parklaw.
If this could affect you and you are concerned about your booking policies and want advice please contact the parks team on 01392 207020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer the reports of fires on mobile home and holiday parks in Llangollen, Ross on Wye, West Drayton, Redhill in Nottingham, and St Leonards (to name only a few) should make park owners think carefully about the safety of the holiday caravans that they let to customers.
Fire risk on caravan sites is a well-known problem – all those units so close to each other – and site licensing reforms and enforcement has gone some way towards reducing the spread of fire. But that’s not the only consideration for holiday park owners – compliance with safety requirements is vital and of course, so is insurance if the worst should happen. read more