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Harassment by site owners

It is a criminal offence for the site owner to harass or evict by force a tenant who rents a mobile home or a mobile home pitch.

What is harassment?

Whatever kind of rental agreement you have with the site owner, you have a right to live in your home in peace. Harassment can be anything that the site owner does that disturbs your peace or comfort or has the aim of forcing you to leave your mobile home. This can include:

  • cutting off or restricting services such as water, gas or electricity supplies without good reason (such as needing to carry out repair work)
  • constantly calling round late at night or without warning
  • stopping you having guests
  • threatening you
  • entering your mobile home when you're not there or without your permission
  • allowing your mobile home to get into such a bad state of repair that it's dangerous for you to live in it (if you rent)
  • leaving repair work unfinished (to the site or mobile home if you rent)
  • insisting that you sign agreements that reduce your rights.

If you own your mobile home but rent your pitch, you will have to prove that the site owner is harassing you with the intent of forcing you to leave in order to prosecute them. If the site owner is convicted, they could face a fine or even imprisonment.

What can I do to stop harassment?

There are several things you can do to combat harassment, including:

  • keeping a diary, notes and photographs of what happens and making sure other people witness the harassment taking place
  • asking the site owner to stop the behaviour (make sure you have someone with you for support and as a witness)
  • getting together with other mobile home tenants to approach the site owner
  • writing to the site owner saying if the harassment continues you will take legal action
  • getting help from an advice centre, the council, a solicitor or the police.

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The important points

  • You have a right to live in your home in peace, free from harassment.
  • If you feel you are being harassed, keep a diary of events that have happened.
  • Take photographs of any evidence. 
  • Speak to other tenants on the site and see if they are experiencing the same behaviour. 

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