Home Parking Covenants.

If the intention is to park a motorhome within the curtilage of one's home it is worth checking in advance to see if there is any covenant saying that motorhome parking is not allowed.

Covenants are often put in place by builders when they develop an estate in order to try to prevent activity which they consider may prevent sales. In other cases a covenant may be put in place by a local authority or the people from whom the builder bought the land. If the covenant is put in place by the building company they may have no interest in enforcing it once all the houses have been sold and whether anyone else (e.g. a neighbour) could do so may be open to question.

A legal definition of a caravan can be found in S29 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. The wording includes "and any motor vehicle so designed or adapted". Thus the definition of a caravan includes any motorhome/camper van/motor caravan. So, if a covenant bans caravans as defined by the Act then motorhomes are also banned.

Perhaps the most important point is to try to resolve any problem amicably as souring of relations with neighbours could result in all sorts of problems in the future.

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Last updated: 26 May 2016