The park owner cannot evict a tenant by changing the locks or removing the tenant’s belongings.
A park owner may evict a tenant for:
- Not paying rent after the owner gave a 5-day notice to pay rent within 5 days;
- Violating lease or park rules after the park owner provided a 10-day notice stating which parts of the lease the tenant violated and the tenant failed to correct. Prior to this 10-day notice, the tenant be given a 24-hour notice stating the alleged lease violations and providing 24 hours to correct the problems; and
- Violating a local or state law about mobile homes.
The owner may not evict for:
- Complaining to a housing inspector about bad conditions in the mobile home or park
- Being a certain race or sex
- Participating in meetings regarding the mobile home park
- Violating an unreasonable park rule
The park owner must allow the number of days in the eviction notice to expire before filing a court case. If the tenant does not appear at the court hearing, the judge may rule in favor of the park owner.
The tenant has the right to present a defense as the court hearing. For example, if the eviction is for failure to pay rent, the tenant may have a defense that the rent was improperly increased. If the tenant loses at the hearing, the court will order the tenant to move by a specific date. If the tenant owns the mobile home, the court will also order that either the tenant moves the mobile home or sells it by a specific date. If the tenant does not move by this date, the court can order the sheriff to remove the tenant.