March 2013: NO VAT on park homes
Park homes will NOT attract VAT when HMRC introduces a 5% levy on caravan holiday homes on 6th April 2013. Caravans will remain zero-rated provided they are longer than 7 m or wider than 2.55 m, and are manufactured to BS 3632:2005 – this is the British Standard for residential caravans (park homes).
What’s new in the world of park homes?
The modern park home has everything you would expect to find in a new house - and more! Fully-kitted kitchens and bathrooms, plenty of built-in storage space, study/office area, economical central heating, super-energy efficient double glazing and carpeting usually come as standard. All these features combine to make park home living a pleasure in 2013.
A preview model of Homeseeker’s new home, Graceland is currently on display prior to its official launch on 22-23 March 2013. Features that give it an air of opulence include a full-width lounge, fully-equipped kitchen with soft-close doors and a separate dining room – there is even an audio-image, multimedia radio mirror in the family bathroom.
The World of Park and Leisure Homes show takes place at Stoneleigh from 7 to 9 June 2013 – lots of new homes will be on display.
The Government is increasing the protection afforded to park home owners with a new Bill currently passing through Parliament. To read more about owners’ rights – see https://www.gov.uk/park-mobile-homes/your-rights-and-obligations
Stately-Albion's show centre in Yorkshire is open 7 days a week and Prestige Park Homes offer a park home locator service. Oakgrove Cabins in Northern Ireland welcome visitors to their centre and workshop from Monday-Friday, or by appointment. To see Lissett Homes on location – from rural to coastal and even suburban sites - click on this link.
Country Homes recently launched an Individual Handover Service, whereby they go through the finer details of the home once you've moved in, so you can enjoy your new home with greater confidence.
For details of other parks and manufacturers, see our Buying Guide.