Park home residents across the UK have improved legal rights thanks to a local campaign

New rights to protect Park Home owners .Osborne Park home resident Allan Harris talks to Steve Barc

New rights to protect Park Home owners .Osborne Park home resident Allan Harris talks to Steve Barclay MP. - Credit: Archant

PEOPLE living in park homes in Fenland will be protected against unscrupulous site owners thanks to tough new Government laws being brought in this week.

New rights to protect Park Home owners .

New rights to protect Park Home owners . - Credit: Archant

A raft of new legislation and a national helpline has been set up thanks to the pensioner power of residents at two Wisbech park home sites who campaigned against ridiculous rent rises and rule changes.

New rights to protect Park Home owners .

New rights to protect Park Home owners . - Credit: Archant

One of the rules was a ban from holding charity events, like coffee mornings, on their site green after a complaint they were too noisy.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of th

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of the Parks that they can't run any get together's on the green, Picture Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

About 50 residents refused to pay increased ground rents after an ongoing dispute with site owners Tingdene Homes.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of th

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of the Parks that they can't run any get together's on the green, Picture Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

Their cause was championed by MP Steve Barclay MP who took their case to Parliament where new laws were passed giving greater protection to residents.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of th

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of the Parks that they can't run any get together's on the green, Picture Steve Williams - Credit: Archant


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The laws will stop operators and site owners from forcing up ground rents, deceiving buyers about the condition of homes and imposing unexpected charges or rule changes.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, Lowered street lights.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, Lowered street lights. - Credit: Archant

Unhappy residents at Fenland Village and Osborne Park in Wisbech took their site owner, Tingdene, to a Rent Tribunal Commission last November following a decision to hike rent prices across the park by £12,000.

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of th

Tingdene Park, Wisbech, The Residents Association held a protest during the Commission's tour of the Parks that they can't run any get together's on the green, Picture Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

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They were also angry about a series of window-level lamp posts installed by Tingdene which residents said shone into their windows and stopped them from sleeping.

Mr Barclay said: “For too long, some unscrupulous operators have made residents’ lives a misery, intimidating people and manipulating the rules to turn a quick profit.”

“It will be reassuring for residents to see action being taken to combat the underhand behaviour of these site owners.”

Extra legal measures would stop site owners from profiting from buying and selling of park homes, he said, and they would give local authorities more power to enforce penalties, making it easier to prosecute site owners who harassed or made unreasonable demands of residents.

Cllr Virginia Bucknor said after the tribunal last year that the residents’ committee believed they had won a moral victory.

She hoped that in future Tingdene would consult residents first before making any changes.

The national helpline for park home residents is the Leasehold Advisory Service on 0207 383 9800.

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