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Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 5 – Successors in title

Section 5 makes provision for residential agreements to continue in effect when ownership of the caravan is lawfully assigned or inherited on the death of the owner. The aim of the provision is to protect the rights of those who lived with the caravan owner.

Sub-section (7) covers the rights of succession where the caravan owner lived alone on a protected site other than a ‘travellers’ site’. In these circumstances, there is no automatic right or requirement on the successor in title to live in the caravan as their main or only residence.

In the case of a travellers’ site (that is a site provided and managed by the Housing Executive for Irish Travellers), the successor in title has an automatic right to live in the caravan as long as they are a member of the Irish Traveller community and intend to occupy the caravan as their only or main residence.

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