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A landlord is renting out a plot of land on a caravan site. The licensee is living in a wooden shed (which is removable, but would collapse if moved) on the plot of land. The shed was not constructed by the landlord but by individuals who previously rented the plot. The shed has been in place for around 80 years. The licensee has stopped paying rent for the plot of land and the landlord wants to evict them and dismantle the shed. The licensee is refusing to leave. What remedies are available to the landlord?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 18/06/2021

The following Property Disputes Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A landlord is renting out a plot of land on a caravan site. The licensee is living in a wooden shed (which is removable, but would collapse if moved) on the plot of land. The shed was not constructed by the landlord but by individuals who previously rented the plot. The shed has been in place for around 80 years. The licensee has stopped paying rent for the plot of land and the landlord wants to evict them and dismantle the shed. The licensee is refusing to leave. What remedies are available to the landlord?

A landlord is renting out a plot of land on a caravan site. The licensee is living in a wooden shed (which is removable, but would collapse if moved) on the plot of land. The shed was not constructed by the landlord but by individuals who previously rented the plot. The shed has been in place for around 80 years. The licensee has stopped paying rent for the plot of land and the landlord wants to evict them and dismantle the shed. The licensee is refusing to leave. What remedies are available to the landlord?

Caravan sites may have multiple different arrangements with plot occupiers, depending on the nature of their occupation, such as pursuant to the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (MoHA 1983). However, the wooden shed in this scenario would not amount to a mobile home and therefore the provisions of MoHA 1983 will not apply.

In order to obtain vacant possession of the plot of land, it will need to be determined whether the occupier occupies under the terms of a licence, or whether a tenancy has been granted. The self-description of any contractual document between the owner and the occupier is

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