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Top tips on buying a holiday lodge

Published: 20th October, 2022

Top tips on buying a holiday lodge

Buying a holiday lodge has become increasingly attractive over the last few years, either as an investment or just for family use.

This article provides 7 top tips to anyone thinking of buying a holiday lodge.  


Tip 1: The use of the holiday home

It is crucial to understand that a holiday lodge cannot be used as a main residence and if ignored, the site owner is able to terminate or end your agreement. A holiday lodge must be used solely for holiday purposes.  

Tip 2: Understanding your agreement and site rules

As with any purchase, it is prudent to understand what you are purchasing. Essentially you are buying the right to station the holiday lodge on site at a designated plot under an agreement. Understanding the terms and conditions is extremely important.

It is important that the duration of the agreement is clarified and understood at the outset. When advising on agreements, I endeavour to highlight any onerous terms and ask for clarification to be sought from the site owner to ensure that all terms are transparent and understood. This is essential, as breaching these terms may result in the termination of your agreement.  

Tip 3: What other searches should I do?

Although there is no guidance on searches to carry out, the service I provided is detailed and thorough and covers all relevant issues. On having searches carried out my clients are provided with extra reassurance in what they are buying. For example, searches included relate to the site licence and planning permission.

Tip 4: Deposit information

It  is common practice to be asked to pay a deposit once you have found your dream holiday lodge. Before paying any sums, I always advise checking the deposits’ terms and conditions and raising any questions you might have. For example, is the deposit fully refundable?

Tip 5: Are you allowed to sublet?

Some holiday lodges are purchased with the view to subletting. Site operators may have a particular way in which they want this conducted, which is often outlined in the agreement. It is prudent to understand any fees or limitations stipulated in your agreement concerning subletting.

Tip 6: Warranty information

It is important to check if there is a warranty on the lodge and what the terms are. It is advisable to ensure that you are aware of any terms that may invalidate the warranty, e.g. would subletting the lodge invalidate the warranty?

Tip 7: Selling the Holiday Lodge?

Long term, it is important to also understand the sale process of the holiday lodge purchased. The agreement, perhaps for example, outlines that the site owner has the right to be offered to buy the holiday lodge as the first point of call before placing it on the open market.

Concluding remarks

I hope my tips can assist in your decision to purchase a holiday lodge. Should you need specific legal advice once you have decided to proceed with the purchase, you are invited to contact me to obtain a FREE quote and have a chat about how I can help.

Courtesy Ibraheem Dulmeer at Holiday Park Law

The information provided in this article serves as useful guidance. Please note that this is not intended to be comprehensive and should not be taken in place of specific legal advice.  This material should not be replicated without the author’s consent. Ibraheem Dulmeer © 2022