Mobile Home Park Rules
Can they just kick
A common question we here is "Can the park just
kick me out?" - Well, the answer is no, they can't.
A Mobile Home Park can only kick it's residents
out for good reasons like:
- You don't pay the rent
- You do some thing illegal (sell drugs, etc.)
- Basically, anything that breaks the rules of the park
When you apply for residency in the park, the park
manager will put you though a process of qualifying. This is
to make sure that the only people that they let in will be people who
others like living next to. It's a very good thing.
You will sign a lease or rental agreement with the
park. This is just like a normal agreement when you rent a
house or an apartment. You need to do some thing bad (break
the rules) to get kicked out.
Common Mobile Home Park Rules are:
Only a certain
amount of people can live in the home and they all must be on the
weight limit of a pet
not exceed a certain height and it is common for landscaping to conform
to the surroundings
residents or number of children
activity and no loud noise
Rules will vary widely. It is a very
good idea to check them completely before you decide to apply for
residency. A good idea is to ask some of the residents what
they like and dislike about living there.
Cases of being forced out
There are instances where the ownership changes hands, or for some
reason the owners of the park decide to raise the rent so high that it
forces the residents to leave. This is obviously a bad thing
and is probably illegal. If this happens to you call an
There are some laws on the books that specifically protect a renter
from having the rent go up by more than a small amount each year.
You should check on this type of protection before buying in
a Mobile Home Park.
However, 99% of the time the owner and management of a park is happy to
keep everything the same, and the residents don't do stupid things to
warrent getting evicted.
There is the idea that there might be a better use for the ground that
a Mobile Home Park is built on - this is a particular fear in Southern
California where the land prices have seen a dramatic increase in
value. The idea is that an owner of a Mobile Home Park would
kick out the residents and build condos. This is a bad idea
in most cases for several reasons:
First, is would be costly to
buy out the residents, and market value is the assumed amount that
would have to be given.
Second, it would be very hard
to accomplish this without the local and state governments giving their
ok. They are very interested in keeping the parks intact (low
income to medium income housing is VERY desirable for them to have in
Third, the values would have
to be extremely high for whatever would be built in a park's place -
with values on the way down, this is no longer a viable option. By Will
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