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Are you required to pay council tax on staff accommodation?

Posted on 29th May 2015 in Parks

If you provide staff accommodation in caravans on your holiday park and your employees have to occupy the accommodation for the better performance of their duties then those caravans could be included in your business rates rather than being assessed for council tax.  Business rates are usually cheaper than council tax. 

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Holiday parks – do you require a TV Licence?

Posted on 23rd January 2015 in Parks

All park owners who offer accommodation with installed televisions or other devices which enable a person to watch and record television programmes as they are being shown must have a TV Licence.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Electricity and Gas- What can you charge?

Posted on 25th October 2014 in Parks

The resale of electricity and gas is subject to a maximum resale price which is set by Ofgem. Since 1 January 2003 the maximum price at which electricity and gas can be resold is the same price as the reseller was charged by the supplier, including any standing charges.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

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Holiday Licence Agreements – are they important?

Posted on 23rd October 2014 in Parks

A written holiday Licence Agreement is an essential tool for park owners to protect their businesses.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

Electricity and gas – what can a mobile or holiday park owner charge?

Posted on 01st August 2014 in Parks

The resale of electricity and gas is subject to a maximum resale price (“the MRP”) which is set by Ofgem. Since 1 January 2003 the maximum price at which electricity and gas can be resold is the same price as the reseller was charged by the supplier. This includes the costs of any standing charges billed by the supplier.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

Climate Change Levy

Posted on 21st February 2014 in Parks

A park’s electricity or gas supply will not be considered as being for domestic use where it is used to carry out business activities such as office activities, retail or catering outlets or leisure or sporting activities for which a charge is made.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Abandoned holiday caravans

Posted on 24th January 2014 in Parks

From time to time park owners will experience a customer abandoning their caravan at the end of their licence agreement because they cannot afford the cost of removal.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014

Posted on 17th January 2014 in Parks

The Government has published the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 which set out the procedure for residential parks in England to introduce or change park rules.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Unfair Terms in Holiday Licence Agreements

Posted on 03rd January 2014 in Parks

All park owners using standard contracts with holiday caravan owners  (such as a Purchase Agreement or Licence Agreement) must be aware of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999. The Regulations will apply to all the standard terms in any agreement – and to your park rules if they form part of an agreement or are referred to in it.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Qualifying Residents’ Associations

Posted on 01st November 2013 in Parks

Since 2006 the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (as amended) has included a specific role for qualifying residents’ associations on mobile home sites. An association that meets specific conditions must be recognised by a park owner and will have certain consultation rights under the implied terms of the Written Statement.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

Do you agree? BH&HPA members and Holiday Licence Agreement

Posted on 22nd February 2013 in Parks

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.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive

Insights

To grit or not to grit?

Posted on 04th February 2013 in Parks

A recent spell of snow and icy conditions has prompted the question of whether park owners are expected to grit their park roads and footpaths.

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive