A Wrexham solicitor has warned consumers to be on their guard if they are considering the purchase of a park home.
Park homes are typically bungalow-style mobile homes, usually sited on private estates. Residents generally own the park home itself but not the land upon which it is sited which will be subject to a lease.
Gwyn Edwards of GHP Legal, which employs around a hundred people at its offices in Wrexham, Oswestry, Llangollen and Chirk, said: “Park homes can be very popular for those looking to downsize, often later in life. Although the Mobile Homes Act 2013 provides protection for aspects such as the ground rent and maintenance charges, there is little protection when buying a park home and, unlike buying a ‘bricks and mortar’ house, there is no requirement to have legal advice. A legally binding agreement can be formed very easily.
“I have dealt with vulnerable clients who have been pressured by unscrupulous traders into signing purchase agreements that they did not understand and as a consequence they have parted with their life savings for poor quality park homes.
“No-one should ever be pressured into signing an agreement to buy a park home and should carefully read any documentation provided before making a decision or paying any money. Information about reputable traders is available from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association and if people are in any doubt they should seek legal advice before committing to anything.”