A MP has today welcomed new laws which give holiday home residents on camp sites more protection.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 helps people living in park homes who have been let down by irresponsible owners.
It covers cases where site owners have misled prospective buyers about the conditions of homes or even dug holes around homes to make it impossible for people to sell them on.
And the Act ensures councils are properly funded for exercising their powers against rogue operators and have sufficient tools for enforcement action.
Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “For too long, in some parts of the country some unscrupulous operators have made residents’ lives a misery, intimidating people and manipulating the rules to turn a quick profit.
These new protections will close the loopholes to root out the rogue operators and ensure that the overwhelming majority who do run an honest business will continue to flourish.
“Fylde Council will also now have the powers to protect the vulnerable, so park home residents will be able to enjoy their properties in peace.”
The new laws allow local authorities to remove site owners from the buying and selling process, meaning residents cannot be forced to, or prevented from, selling their property.
Councils are also able to make it harder to impose unexpected charges or changes of site rules.