Annual Service Fee (Ground rent / plot fee)
The annual fee paid to the park owner is to cover the many costs incurred in order to keep the park and its facilities safely maintained for the benefit of park home owners and visitors. This includes not only the provision of water and mains drainage to each plot but also the maintenance of the grounds, roads, communal lighting and fire and security equipment – all at the required standards.
Facilities provided by the parks vary – your annual service fee also includes the cost to maintain all of the outdoor and indoor leisure facilities. Outdoor facilities can include a swimming pool (some with a lifeguard during peak season), a jacuzzi, sports pitches for football, tennis, badminton, basketball, petanque and table tennis and most parks also have an outdoor play area for children. Indoor facilities can include a gym, club house, laundrette, play room or library.
All parks will have a reception area – the need for more staff will depend on whether or not the park has a bar, restaurant, take away or shop (many have all of these). Some parks also provide evening entertainment and run a Kid’s Club during the summer months. Most parks will also have the benefit of permanent staff so that you can visit your home at any time of the year.
There will be no local council tax to be paid on your home and many parks allow home owners to sublet – an opportunity to offset the additional income against part or all of the cost of the annual service fee.
Summary of typical services included (vary for each park)
sports courts / leisure facilities
children’s play area
roads and access maintenance
connection to drainage/sewerage
connection to water supply (Generally metered for usage so you only pay for what you use)
connection to electricity (Generally metered for usage so you only pay for what you use)