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Subject Topic: How long can you stay in a holiday home? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by bigsteve27/7/2021 at 3:11pm
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Hi all, I do understand about the difference between holiday parks and resi parks, but I've looked everywhere and can't find an answer to my question.

If we bought a holiday home/static/lodge on a holiday park, what is the longest you can stay there without breaching the regulations, and how long do you have to be away before you can return?

If it was, say 60 days, would you be allowed to stay there 60 days, go home for a week and then go back for another 60 days?

Just to stress, we wouldn't be living there permanently - we have a bricks and mortar home and an 18yo son, but my wife doesn't work, and I work from home so I can really work anywhere. Seems daft spending our time somewhere we don't really like (where our house is) when we could spend the majority of the time somewhere we do like!

Thanks all :)



Message posted by 22seaside27/7/2021 at 4:31pm
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Hello and welcome.
There is no actual legislation about how long you can stay in a holiday static - it will depend on the park it is on, which will depend on a combination of the park rules and the licensing council terms and planning conditions.
Many sites allow long stays on owned holiday statics - holiday statics are frequently used as second homes for people whose main residence is abroad, so not unusual to have people staying for 6-8 months at a stretch.
The main criteria is that you have a genuine home (i.e, not an address that you pretend is your home) - a lot of people got caught when parks had to suddenly close during the pandemic and those who had sublet their real home in order to live on a holiday park came badly unstuck.
In your case, just look for a park with a long opening season and no restrictions how frequently or how long you can visit and stay.
Just bear in mind that if you work from home, do check out what the internet and mobile connections are like, as they can be very feeble on parks. The other thing is that if your work involves postal deliveries, you may need to make arrangements for a postbox address, as most holiday parks do not allow post deliveries.

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As far as I know, the usual restriction is no more than 11 months of the year, but some sites close for longer than a month over winter.

Some good advice from 22seaside above. I would say find a site you like the look of, have a discussion with them, and if that is satisfactory buy a static from them. Beware though, buying a static can be a minefield, especially if you are not buying a new one. Never even think of buying one off-site then finding a site for it. That is virtually impossible.


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Message posted by bigsteve30/7/2021 at 10:45am
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That's really helpful - thank you both for your comments.

I guess the obvious process would be 1) decide where we'd like to be located in the country, 2) narrow donw the sites we'd like to stay on and then 3) speak to them to see what their individual rules are.

Would defo buy a new static, had a bad experience with a 2nd hand tourer, so not blowing even more money on a static!

Many thanks again

Message posted by 22seaside30/7/2021 at 7:17pm
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Quote: Originally posted by bigsteve on 30/7/2021
That's really helpful - thank you both for your comments.

I guess the obvious process would be 1) decide where we'd like to be located in the country, 2) narrow donw the sites we'd like to stay on and then 3) speak to them to see what their individual rules are.

Would defo buy a new static, had a bad experience with a 2nd hand tourer, so not blowing even more money on a static!

Many thanks again



I would also suggest, when you have found a site you are interested in, talk to other van owners on site. This can give you an idea both of what the site management is like, and what your potential "neighbours" are like. The atmosphere of a park will vary quite a lot depending on how it is used - one that used for many short term breaks, or that allows vans to be rented out, will have a different feel to one with mainly long-term stayers.
Whatever happens, the most important thing is to read and understand the contract before committing yourself.
Good luck, and enjoy the search.

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Message posted by MisterB195931/7/2021 at 10:21am
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if you truly can work from anywhere, why not consider France? up to 90 days in france, just over 3 months back in the uk, then up to 90 days out in france again .....or other variations within 90/180 schengen rules

you will find the depreciation of statics is a lot less than in the UK, if you can find a decent site, you could always ship out a nearly new one from the uk. we've had two in the last 14 years, the first one we sold for more than we paid for it after having it for 9 years out there !!

site fees can be considerably less than in the UK .....

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A lot of employers insist on you being resident in the country they operate in. For instance in finance if you are physically located in a different country you can be bound by different legislation. A minefield.


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