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Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 1 - Application of this Part

Section 1 clarifies to whom and for what purpose Part 1 of the Act applies. Part 1 applies to the residential caravan sector and covers any residential agreement made either before or after commencement of the Act relating to owner-occupiers of caravans who are entitled to station their caravan on a protected site, and occupy it as their only or main residence, for more than twelve months. The inclusion of this time period is intended to ensure that sites used to provide temporary accommodation, including transit and emergency/halting sites which are designed to support the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Irish Travellers, are not inappropriately brought within the scope of Part 1.

Protected sites (defined in section 17) are sites for which planning permission or site licenses do not restrict use of the site to holiday use only or the times of the year during which the site can be used.

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