Can I live in a static caravan?
Many people wonder ‘Can we live in a static caravan’? The answer is yes, however it depends where the static caravan is situated and the quality of the static caravan.
The quality and spec of static caravans are improving and because of this people are becoming more open to the idea of living in a static caravan.
Here are some of the reasons why:
- Spacious enough to live in
Static caravans can range from 28ft x 10ft – (280 sq. ft.) or 45ft x 14ft (630 sq. ft.) meaning they offer more than ample space to live in. With high ceilings available in most models they will give most modern-day apartment’s a run for their money.
- A home from home
You will find all the home comforts in a static caravan including double glazing, central heating and fully fitted kitchens with modern appliances. There are many upgrade options available in a static caravan. This can include the latest entertainment systems, wine coolers and upgraded appliances. A static caravan can be a perfect place to live with everything you need.
- Residential specification
Static caravans can now be built to residential specification (BS 3632) meaning they have been built to use all year round. To achieve this residential status they include the following:
- Thicker walls
- Extra insulation
- Robust construction
Having a residential spec can be great of you want to use your static caravan all year round. This may be for living in or to offer you more comfort when using for a holiday.
Frequently asked questions
Can static caravans be made to live in?
Yes, static caravans can now be built to residential specification, BS 3632, meaning they are built and designed to be used all year round. This is great as many parks are now open for 12 months of the year meaning people can holiday all year round. Technically a residential static caravan would be fine for you to live in, offering warmth and comfort.
Where can I live in a static caravan?
There are many potential places where you can live in a static caravan as listed below:
- Private land
Perhaps you have a family member or friend with some spare land they can put a static caravan for you. Of course, they will need to check with the local council and obtain relevant planning and permissions.
- Residential Park
Residential parks in the UK with relevant permission can enable you to live in a static caravan provided the park meets certain planning conditions and the park is classed as full residential
Are static caravans designed to live in or for holidays?
Static caravans are usually designed for holiday use only where they are built to holiday specification EN1647. This means they have adequate insulation to be used between March – October in the UK. Obviously, you can stay in a static caravan outside of this period although it will not offer a level of comfort you may be accustomed to within a bricks & mortar type property, park home or a static caravan built to residential spec.
Can I live in a static caravan on a holiday park?
We would not advise moving onto a holiday park to live in a static caravan under any circumstances. Here are a few reasons why:
- The park only has a ‘holiday’ licence so they do not have permission from the council to allow people to live in a static caravan on their park
- A holiday park is designed and set up for people to be on holiday – not living.
- A static caravan wouldn’t class as a postal address unless registered
- Holiday Park can be noisier & busier compared to residential parks
- Listing with a doctor may be a problem if not living at a registered address
- Obtain credit or building a credit history could be a problem
- You may not be able to register to vote from a static caravan holiday park
- The park may only be open between 8 & 11 months of the year meaning you will need to vacate and find somewhere to live in the closed period.
It just isn’t fit for the purpose of living. With so many residential options out there including residential parks, the only reason people would move onto a holiday park is for low cost living. Our advice would still be to find somewhere else because this is not a long-term solution to your problem.
Are there any alternatives to living in a static caravan?
There are some great alternatives to living in a static caravan. These alternatives can mean a higher investment in your living space however they may be more appropriate in the long run saving you money and giving you greater long term stability.
A lodge is a great alternative to living in a static caravan. Lodges are mostly built to residential spec as standard and offer more living space.
A lodge can often have higher ceilings and feel more like an apartment rather than a static caravan lending itself to a nicer living solution. Off course the same conditions apply to a lodge where it must be on a residential park; not a holiday park if you wish to live in.
This is the most common choice for people looking to enjoy Park Living. Park Homes are built to a very high standard meaning the present a better option to live in long term. The rooms in a Park Home tend to be more sectioned off like a house. When compared to lodges which can often be open plan and designed for the holiday home market. You can buy a new Park Homes or you may find a good pre owned one available through an estate agent.
Houseboats can offer an excellent choice when looking for affordable living similar to living in a static caravan. They are found in peaceful and tranquil locations and you can really put you’re on mark on a houseboat. They are also oozing with character so offer a trendy space to call your home. Houseboats can be found online with a simple Google search or try local or online estate agents for more info.
There are many other options to living in a static caravan
So, to evaluate, yes you can live in a static caravan provided you are situated on land with correct planning and permissions. Static caravans are built to a very high standard nowadays offering a more than comfortable place to call you own. As well as static caravans there are some great alternatives for you to live in which can offer a more suitable long-term solution. These include – lodges, Park Homes and houseboats.
Thank you for reading!