Property & Mortgages

Owners call to scrap “absolutely diabolical” rules on sales of park homes

The owners of mobile and park homes are calling on the Welsh Government to scrap “absolutely diabolical” rules relating to the sale of their properties.

Currently, a person who buys a mobile or park home is required to pay up to 10% commission to the site owner. About 100 park home residents from across Wales are expected at the Senedd on Tuesday morning to lobby ministers.

The Welsh Government said it was launching a consultation on the matter. The charge has been reviewed several times since it was last reduced from a maximum of 15% in 1983.

Bob Mountford, who moved from Birmingham to Caerwnon Park near Builth Wells, Powys, in 2002 has long campaigned for a change to the rules.

The chairman of the Caerwnon Parks Residents Association said: “For many, many years now living in park homes has been very good but it’s had its drawbacks and one of the major drawbacks is if it’s needed to sell your property for whatever reason.

“Unfortunately, in a park home, 10% of the value of your property goes into the pockets of park owners, which we feel is absolutely diabolical in this day and age.”

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