When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Living in a caravan or mobile home

You have certain rights if

  • you live in a caravan on a residential site, and
  • that caravan is your main home, and
  • you've lived there for at least 12 months

You don't have the same rights if your caravan is mainly a holiday home. 

Right to a tenancy agreement

You must have a tenancy agreement. This must include

  • your name and address and the name and address of the site owner
  • details of the pitch you’re renting
  • the length of your agreement
  • information on how you or the site owner can end the agreement

The tenancy agreement should explain

  • when the site fee can change
  • when the site owner can enter your pitch
  • what you have to do to maintain your pitch
  • what repairs the site owner has to do

The site owner can add other terms to your agreement. These should be fair. You can challenge unfair terms in court but you should negotiate with the site owner first. 

Eviction from a residential caravan site

The site owner needs a court order to remove you from the site. 

The site owner can only apply for a court order if

  • you’ve broken the agreement and haven’t put things right even though the site owner has given you time to do this
  • the caravan or mobile home is not your main home
  • your caravan is in a bad condition and this is having a negative effect on the site

The court should only issue an order to end the agreement if it is reasonable to do this.

Harassment and illegal eviction

Report the site owner to your local council if they try to remove you or your caravan without a court order. The council can also help if the site owner is harassing you. 

You have a right to "peaceful enjoyment" of your pitch. The site owner can enter your pitch

  • to carry out essential repairs or emergency works or
  • to deliver written messages, read meters or carry out repairs between 09.00 and 18.00

The site owner must give you at least 14 days' notice if they need to enter your pitch for any other reason. This notice should explain why they need to enter your pitch.