21/1/19 Update:

I need to spell out the rationale about the rule re the sale of static holiday /caravans on site. The general position is that private sales on site /are not allowed, although of course there is no objection to inter family transfers.

The historic reasons (and the rule about private sales has been in effect for many years) – without being exhaustive relate to:- The main concern where private sales were accepted (years ago) of a vendor was – understandably – the best price obtainable. This could result in an artificial value for a caravan when a purchaser had overpaid and then we (or another private purchaser) were involved in a subsequent sale at a later date. Caravans don’t go up in value: rather like cars they are a depreciating asset.

There is a proper value for them that is to be found in Glass’s Guide (or other trade Guides). Figures in excess of that therefor generally relate to the situation of the caravan. That is something to do with us as site owners, not to do with the caravan owner. Logically the same caravan being sold on site would have a different value depending on the pitch, its facilities and the conditions. One of our main influences here is that we don’t have an age rule on site, something I’ve always made clear. Many other caravan parks do: that is where owners can only retain their pitches if they upgrade their caravans when they get to a particular age – a policy to encourage sales of course. I’ve always been against this as I consider it unfair to our loyal long term customers – who in their advancing years may be less likely to afford to do it anyway. Another trouble with private sales was that there was little control over the identity of the purchaser, and there could be significant drawbacks with people who were unneighbourly (say noisy, letting to groups of unsupervised youngsters, having badly behaved dogs etc). With our system of sales “in house” we can control this (and I can say that we don’t sell to some applicants).

It’s also relevant to us that we know the purchasers are financially stable and able to afford the rent – our other customers rely on us to ensure that the business is operating in a viable way financially and that they are not subsidising difficult payers. What has brought all this up? A couple of awkward cases last year, but mainly that we are selling caravans now that are more expensive than in the past, so although nothing will change it’s important that everybody understands the logic behind this.