|Your Rights as a Tenant of a Mobile Home Park||
Last updated: December 2012
If you live in a mobile home park that contains five or more trailers, you are protected by the Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Rights Act. The law applies whether you own or rent your trailer. The law does not apply if the park is owned by the state of federal government. The law does not apply if the park is for recreational campers or travel trailers.
You have the right to:
The lease must state:
The owner must also give you:
The lease must not state that:
The mobile home park owner must:
A park owner cannot require you to buy a mobile home from the park before entering into a lease with you.
As the tenant of a mobile home park, you must:
You may be evicted for:
The owner may not evict you:
A park rule is enforceable if:
The park owner must allow the term specified in the eviction notice to expire before filing a court action. You must be served with notice of the court hearing If you do not appear at the court hearing the judge will rule for the park owner.
At the court hearing you have the right to present a defense. If you lose the hearing, the court will order you to move by a specific date. If you do not move by then, the court can order the sheriff to remove you.
The park owner cannot evict you by changing your locks or removing your belongings. The park owner must follow the proper eviction procedures. If the park owner tries to evict you without a notice, you should contact a legal aid office right away.
You can sell your mobile home without the park owner's permission but the person who buys your mobile home must get a written lease. The buyer is entitled to a new lease on the same terms as the other tenants.
During the first 30 days you live in park, you may terminate your lease at any time by written notice and leave the park. After the first 30 days you live in the park, you may terminate your lease without notice only if you stayed because you relied on the park owner's written promise to correct the condition.
At any time you reside in the park, if the condition deprives you of substantial benefit and enjoyment and the park owner fails to fix the situation within 30 days after receiving written notice from you, you may terminate your lease and move. You do not have to give the park owner written notice if the condition causes your mobile home to be unlivable.
You may be entitled to damages if the park owner is acting willfully or negligently. You can also ask the court to order the park owner to fix the problem.
Only if it is necessary to protect the health or safety of the park residents and if the cost is similar to the prices in the area
When the lease is renewed. If you sign an initial 24 month lease, you may agree to a specific rent increase between the first and second year.
The park owner must give at least 90 days notice and the rent increase may not go into effect until the renewal of the lease;
You have 30 days to object to a rent increase, but if you do so you must move out before the date of the increase.
The law allows you to continue paying the old rent amount for one year while you attempt to sell the home if:
You may have a relative stay in the mobile home for up to 90 days while you are sick or disabled if:
If the park contains 25 or more mobile homes, you are entitled to interest on your security deposit. Within 30 days after the end of each year, the park owner is required to pay you the interest owed or apply it to any rent that is due if you both agree to do so.
If the park owner willfully fails to pay you the interest owed, he may be responsible for an amount equal to your security deposit plus court costs and attorney fees.
The park owner is required to return your security deposit if you do not owe any rent and you did not cause any damage to the premises.
The park owner must give you an itemized list of any damages and an estimated cost for the repair of each item within 15 days. If the park owner does not give you an itemized list within 15 days after you move out, the park owner is required to immediately return your security deposit.
You must give the park owner a forwarding address or the park owner does not have to give you notice of any damages.
If you disagree with the damages, you must object within 15 days after you receive the notification. If you do not object, your silence will be considered an agreement that you owe the amount of damages claimed by the park owner.
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