|Mobile Home Parks and Illinois Law||
Last updated: August 2009
The purpose of the Act is to provide special protection to mobile home residents in mobile home parks.
Mobile Home Park – any site upon which five or more independent mobile homes are located for rent.
Mobile Home – conventional mobile home designed for permanent habitation and constructed for transportation on wheels. Does not include a mobile home served by individual utilities and resting on a permanent foundation with wheels, tongue and hitch permanently removed.
Tenants - tenants who own home and rent a lot; who rent home only; who rent both home and lot; or who rent home from a person who owns home and rents lot.
All tenants who live in a park must be offered a written lease for not less than 24 months.
All leases in a park must contain an option which automatically renews the lease unless:
Lease must include:
Important Notice Required by Law:
The rules set forth below govern the terms of your lease of occupancy arrangement with this mobile home park. The law requires all of these rules and regulations to be fair and reasonable, and if not, such rules and regulations cannot be enforced against you.
You may continue to reside in the park as long as you pay your rent and abide by the rules and regulations of the park. You may only be evicted for non-payment of rent, violation of laws, or for violation of the rules and regulations of the park and terms of your lease.
If the park requires you to deal exclusively with a certain fuel dealer or other merchant for goods or service in connection with the use or occupancy of your mobile home or on your mobile home lot, the price you pay for such goods and services may not be more than the prevailing price in this locality for similar goods and services.
You may not be evicted for reporting any violations of the law or health and building codes to boards of health, building commissioners, the department of the Attorney General or any appropriate government agency.
Lease must not include:
Any provisions in lease that waives protections of this law are void.
Rules and regulations are enforceable against a tenant only if:
Changes are permitted if the tenant is given 30 days advance written notice and changes are not in violation of the lease.
Rents, fees, service charges, and all other assessments must be disclosed by the park owner and itemized in the lease. Rent cannot be changed during the lease term. Charges not disclosed do not have to be paid.
Park owners must give advance written notice of rent increase at least 60 days prior to the end of the lease.
The eviction procedures are the same as in all other tenant evictions except all of the above rules and requirements apply and the park owner’s failure to comply with those rules or requirements can constitute a defense to an eviction action.
If lease or park rules are violated, the park owner must give the tenant a 24-hour notice prior to any notice of termination of tenancy. The 24-hour notice must advise the tenant that, if the violation continues for more than 24 hours, the park owner may terminate the lease. After a 24-hour notice is given, the park owner may give a written ten-day notice terminating the tenancy.
If the tenant has failed to pay rent, the park owner may give the tenant a five-day notice. The notice must give the amount of rent due and state that the tenant has five days for payment.
A park owner may elect to cease operation of either all or a portion of the park, but a tenant is entitled to advance written notice:
Meetings by tenants concerning mobile home living conditions cannot be prohibited by the park owner if the meetings are held at reasonable times and when facilities are available and not otherwise in use.
A park owner cannot interfere in any way with a tenant's right to sell the home. A park owner may not impose fees on tenants when they sell their mobile homes. A park owner generally may not require that a mobile home be moved after it is sold. However, the following restrictions are permitted:
The Attorney General and County States Attorneys are empowered to enforce the Act and may bring an action for injunctive relief.
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