Caravanners who are parking their tourer on their drive over the winter months have been told to look over an important piece of documentation to avoid a potential bill and court proceedings.

Storing caravans will be on many of our minds at the moment, and now, Ripe Caravan Insurance is warning owners to study their property deeds to make sure they can actually store their tourer on their drive. The specialist insurance company explains that there would “normally be a clause in the deeds that states whether caravans can or cannot be kept there.”

A lot of UK homes come with restrictive covenants, which could mean caravanners who park their van on their own driveway could be taken to court by a neighbour. Should the case be a success, they would have to pay their neighbour’s legal fees as compensation too.

John Woosey, Founder of Ripe Caravan Insurance, advised: “You can usually get hold of property deeds online via the Land Registry for a minimal fee. You can be given access to the deeds for any property—not just your own—so you can check your neighbour’s deeds, too. This page on the government website contains more information on how to access property deeds.”

“Caravan parking rules are also sometimes set by local authorities, so read up on the rules specific to wherever you live to ensure that you don’t get caught out.”

“Ultimately, despite all the fun and excitement it can bring, owning a touring caravan is a big commitment. One of the many things you need to consider as a caravan owner is how and where to park your caravan when you’re not using it. As a sensible owner, you should consider the impact of your parking on others before picking a spot—just as you would when parking your car.”

The specialist insurance company has previously warned caravanners to look out for a “common insurance mistake” that could end up costing £4,000, and also conducted a study that found 10% of caravanners have towed with a passenger in the back of their van.

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