The Department for Communities and Local Government has introduced a new set of laws designed to give more protection to people who live in mobile homes. This should be good news for the 700 park home owners in Copeland.
There have been cases nationwide of some dishonest park home operators abusing their position, bullying and intimidating their residents and manipulating the law to make a profit at their expense.
In some cases site owners have lied to prospective purchasers about the conditions of homes and even dug holes around homes to make them unsaleable.
The new laws now in force will make these underhand tactics a thing of the past. The rules:
- remove site owners from the park home buying and selling process, meaning that residents cannot be forced to, or prevented from, selling their park homes to fill the landlord’s pocket
- it will also be harder to impose unexpected charges or changes of rules
- local authorities will have more power to enforce breaches, making it easier to prosecute a site owner who harasses residents.
There is also a new national helpline - 0207 383 9800, operated by the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), for residents to get advice on their rights when selling or gifting their home.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: “For too long, some unscrupulous operators have made residents’ lives a misery, intimidating people and manipulating the rules to turn a quick profit. So we’ve closed the loopholes to root out the rogues and ensure that those who run an honest business will flourish. We’ve also given councils the power they need to protect the vulnerable, so park home residents who know their rights will be able to enjoy their rural retreats in peace.”