In an unusual case of interest to landlords in general, and owners of mobile home parks in particular, a mentally ill caravan dweller who was wont to jump out and startle other residents has been spared from eviction by the Supreme Court.
The man had been warned about his anti-social behaviour after he emerged without warning from behind a tree, wearing camouflage gear, and left a woman shocked. His landlord served him with a written notice, requiring him to remedy the breach of the licence agreement under which he occupied the site.
He behaved himself for almost three years before there were further incidents in which he jumped out on two other women in woodland and threatened to kill them after they reported him. His landlord launched legal proceedings under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 and a judge granted an order terminating the licence. That decision was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal.
In allowing the man’s appeal, however, the Court found that he had complied with the notice by refraining from any misbehaviour for nearly three years. Following the further episodes of anti-social behaviour, his landlord should either have served him with a fresh notice to remedy or raised an allegation that his breaches of the licence were irremediable.