A nan claims she is losing sleep after her caravan dream turned into a nightmare when the company she bought the mobile home from offered to buy it back for just £2,000.
Joanne Squire had decided to use some leftover money to buy a static home at Park Lane Holiday Homes in Meols, Wirral, for almost £15,000.
However, a change in her circumstances meant that she decided to try to sell it straight back to the original sellers.
The 75-year-old told the Liverpool ECHO she paid £14,500 for the caravan in November 2020 and soon realised she would not be able to live there so wanted to return it.
But she was offered £2,000 two weeks later by owners Hill Brothers Residential & Leisure Parks, the grandmother said.
She said: “I had a stroke two years ago which left me unable to drive and when I saw that the on site shop and cafe weren’t open I knew I couldn’t live there because it would be a two mile walk to the shops.
“But when I asked to sell I was told they would only pay £2,000 for it because it was over 10 years old even though they sold it to me for £14,500.
“I couldn’t believe it, and I felt like they treated me like a joke.”
The park owners said they do not comment on individual matters and stated that the ECHO had been provided with “incorrect information”.
Joanne said she has been stopped from selling it to a third party, can’t rent it out and is still paying thousands of pounds in ground rents, but added she would “rather go to jail than give them another penny”.
Britaniacrest Limited, which owns Hill Brothers Residential & Leisure Parks, said it was not “appropriate to comment on individual matters” and “complies with both its contractual and statutory obligations at all times.”
It is understood that the Park Lane site is only allocated as a holiday site and not for long-term residential use.
Mirror Online has contacted the park for further comment.
Wirral Council is investigating the Park Lane site for breaches of planning control due to the possible use of the site for residential use.
Alan Evans, director of regeneration and place for Wirral Council, said: “The council can confirm this matter is under investigation.
“The planning department has requested details about how each caravan is being used where there are concerns about possible breaches of planning control. Discussions are also under way with the site owners.”