Can you live in a static caravan all year round?
Most modern caravan models now offer an incredible level of luxury. If you’re an owner who visits your caravan weekly and enjoys every moment of it, you may well have asked yourself the question: “can you live in a static caravan all year round?”
The answer is, technically yes - in the UK it is perfectly legal to live in a static caravan permanently on your own private land (subject to planning permission) or in a residential park that permits it. At Haven, we have our own caveats to this, which we’ll go into in more detail. Let’s have a look at what you need to know about living in a caravan for most of the year as well as some of the pros and cons.
Can you live full-time in a static caravan on a Haven site?
We spend every winter making sure our parks are at their best during the warmer months, so we don’t currently offer our owners the chance to live on our parks all year round. The amazing TLC our terrific team undertakes while everyone else is away means that you’ll return to a constantly refreshed and revitalised setting that’s the best in the business.
As an owner at Haven, you're able to occupy your holiday home for up to 60 consecutive days at a time. Many of our Haven parks are open for 10 months of the year between March and November, so whether you want to stay for a weekend or a couple of months, it's fine with us.
A holiday home is your property, your very own seaside retreat, and you have the right to enjoy it with your family and friends, any time you like, though the 60-day rule remains a barrier to those who wish to live in their holiday home all year round. Check with individual park teams for their specific rules.
Benefits of living in a static caravan for the majority of the year
The truth is there’s no one reason why you’d choose to spend the majority of time in your static caravan. There are actually a variety of different reasons why people would be interested in doing this, from greater financial freedom to the beautiful natural surroundings you will find at many caravan parks.
Here’s a list of the many benefits to living in a static caravan that may apply to you and your family:
Save money on living costs such as utility bills, council tax and mortgage payments and interest, leading to more disposable income
Less maintenance and upkeep needed
More cosy and easier to customise to reflect your personality.
Access to a friendly community that’s home to other similar-minded people
Easy access to stunning locations such as beaches and mountains
Luxury amenities that you may not have been able to afford in a traditional house
The ability to move location with your caravan (based on your park or planning permission agreements)
The opportunity for a quieter, simpler way of life
The chance to experience a permanent holiday atmosphere
This list is of course, not exhaustive, there are more ways to enjoy life in a static caravan than we have time to list here. However, it’s not all plain sailing, there are also certain considerations that you should make before making the decision to live in your static caravan year-round.
What else should I consider about living life in a caravan?
It’s important to make sure you do ample research before making the decision to give up your brick-and-mortar home and go to live in your static caravan. Life may not be quite as free as the idealistic image associated with caravan life. When living in a static caravan on a caravan site, you’ll be connected to the gas, electricity, and water and all the costs that come with it.
There are many other things to take on board. For example, whether or not the static caravan offers enough space for your belongings and when you will have to replace your caravan. There are also many costs to factor in such as site fees, pitch fees and transportation costs.
All in all, when compared with renting a static caravan, buying a holiday home to live in when you please gives you great freedom. Take all these factors in and make a successful lifestyle investment for you and the family!
Let2own - make no site fee payments until 2031
Let2own is a contractual lettings product that offers eligible owners a guaranteed letting income at a preferential rate (calculated each year) in exchange for a stipulated number of letting breaks. It also allows eligible owners to pay their site fees and receive their letting income in 12 equal monthly instalments; the monthly site fee amount charged by Haven will be after deduction of the letting income.
‘Make no site fee payments when using Let2own until 2031’ is available at 33 Haven parks excluding Burnham, Cardigan View, Far Grange, Garreg Wen, Lydstep Beach, Riviere Sands and Seaview. The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance.
“Make no site fee payments when using Let2own until 2031” is applicable to new customer purchases of new Atlas Chorus 3 Bed or equivalent or superior grade holiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2own contract. It is not applicable to part-exchanges or private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion. It is available across 40% of eligible Parks and applies when letting a new Atlas Chorus 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade for 15 weeks.
An example of how “Make no site fee payments when using Let2own until 2031” operates under Let2own is the purchase of an Atlas Chorus 3 Bed holiday home at Primrose Valley with a monthly site fee of £585.00 (includes purchasing discount of £45) and monthly letting income of £803.67. The monthly difference equates to £218.67, which will be credited to the owner's account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.
Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Chorus 3 Bed indicate that under Let2own it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.
Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.
Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.