A GRAN was left stunned after trying to return a £14,500 caravan she had owned for just two weeks – as she was offered £2,000 for it.
Joanne Squire purchased the static home with some leftover cash but quickly realised it was unsuitable so asked for a refund from the original sellers.
The 75-year-old had hoped to get the full amount back for her Park Lane holiday home in Meols, Wirral.
But she was instead offered the “joke” sum by owners Hill Brothers Residential & Leisure Parks, the grandmother said.
Joanne told the Liverpool ECHO: “I couldn’t believe it, and I felt like they treated me like a joke.
“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.”
The pensioner said she realised she could never call the caravan home as the on-site shop and café weren’t open.
She is unable to drive due to a stroke so would face a two-mile walk to the nearest shops.
Joanne is now caught in a nightmare situation as she can’t sell it to a third party, can’t rent it out and is still paying thousands of pounds in ground rent.
However, she insisted she would “rather go to jail than give them another penny”.
The site owners, Britaniacrest Limited, said it was not “appropriate to comment on individual matters” but added the company “complies with both its contractual and statutory obligations at all times”.
It is understood Park Lane is a dedicated holiday site and not for long-term residential use.
The Sun Online has contacted the park and its owners for further comment.
Wirral Council is investigating whether Park Lane has breached planning restrictions by offering caravans 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.”