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Message posted by tilds on 13/10/2013 at 12:54pm
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Hi

Could anybody please tell me what the difference between a site with a 'residential' site licence and one with a '12 month' site licence?

I understand that on a residential site you have to pay council tax but how would you get round that on a 12 month site? For instance if you lived on it!

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Don't know for definate but would guess, you wouldn't be able to use site with a 12month licence but not residential as a postal address or use it to register for voting or with a GP. There is probably a clause that you must have an address else where.

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Ahhh good point! Had read about the voting but not considered a GP! Thanks for that. Me and my partner are only 25 and 38 and looking at living in a static in the lakes. Found one site but its a 12 monther! Wanted to know what rights we would have or not have!

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A 12 month Licence is where a Static Van is sited there for 12 months but usually you cannot use the van for the whole 12 month period because Local Authorities will insist on a "closed period" which could be for a month (usually February) or more.

A Residential Site will have Park Homes on them and you live there 24/7, 365 days a year.

Park Home Ground Rents are usually about half the price of Static Van Ground Rents, but you pay Council Tax on Park Homes but not on Static Vans.

A Park Home can be a single Caravan or two Caravans bolted together.



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Ok thanks but the park were looking at is a 12 month holiday site so you are welcome there for the whole 12 months! As opposed to a ten month one! Cant find much information on the different licences! We werent sure how you could stop on a 12 month site and get away with not paying council tax... unless you were required to have another line of address as Jazzij said!

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The law is quite simple, does not matter what type of van or even if its a tent. If it is your sole permanent residence, you must register it for council tax, failure to register is an offence AND it is your responsibility to register, not the councils to bill you.

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Quote: Originally posted by babygrumplin on 14/10/2013
The law is quite simple, does not matter what type of van or even if its a tent. If it is your sole permanent residence, you must register it for council tax, failure to register is an offence AND it is your responsibility to register, not the councils to bill you.

Well why have I been paying Council Tax on a Park Home for the last 14 months when it is not my "permanent residence" and indeed, was unoccupied.

As soon as you have a home that can be moved, whether it is so or not, you enter a minefield of conflicting local authority rules.

At least the Council Tax that you do pay is usually on the lowest banding.



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Quote: Originally posted by LobeyDosser on 13/10/2013

A 12 month Licence is where a Static Van is sited there for 12 months but usually you cannot use the van for the whole 12 month period because Local Authorities will insist on a "closed period" which could be for a month (usually February) or more.

A Residential Site will have Park Homes on them and you live there 24/7, 365 days a year.

Park Home Ground Rents are usually about half the price of Static Van Ground Rents, but you pay Council Tax on Park Homes but not on Static Vans.

A Park Home can be a single Caravan or two Caravans bolted together.





Almost correct. You can live in a static caravan or a touring caravan on a residential park 12 months of the year, but you would pay council tax. The park where we lived we would leave at end of November and return in February. No issues. GP, cars registration and insurance no issue. Biggest issue was insuring the touring caravan!

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