Important Things To Know Before Moving Into A Mobile Home Park
A mobile home park is generally a piece of land that has or is laid out to have more than two mobile homes on it. Whether you are a mobile homeowner who is looking for a spot to put his or her mobile home or someone who is keen on renting a mobile home that’s located in a mobile home park, here are important things to know before moving into a mobile home park. They include but are not limited to the following.
First and foremost, you should be aware that the park owner may charge you up to three times the monthly rent as a security deposit. Prior to September 12th 2009, the landlord was then expected to pay 4% interest on your deposit, but currently, he or she is expected to pay you a market based interest rate and he or she is expected to put the money in a separate, protected bank account and you should get all the interest accruing from the deposit. Alternatively, the interest rate can be based on the Federal Reserve’s secondary market six month CD rate for each and every year that the landlord was holding the deposit.
You should also expect the park owner to charge some fees. These include but are not limited to rent, incidental service charges, utilities, entrance fee and as mentioned above, a security deposit. It is also important to note that in the event that you are moving into a mobile home that’s already in the park, the owner cannot charge you more than twice the monthly rent for an entrance fee. He is also not allowed to change this fee and call it something else so as to beat this rule and charge you above the amount mentioned.
In addition to the above, you are under no obligation to purchase bottled gas or oil from the park owner. He or she cannot also designate a dealer for you. The park owner cannot also direct you to buy from him any equipment for tying down the home or any under skirting or any other equipment unless you so desire.
Generally, there are several rules and regulations which you are bound to come across, however you should never accept rules that are not legal since he or she cannot enforce them. These usually include rules that state that the park owner is not responsible for his or her own negligence, a rule or regulation that demands you give the park owner a lien on your property if you owe him money etc. It is highly recommended that before you sign an agreement to rent some space or a mobile home, the park owner should provide you with a copy of the city or state mobile home park laws as well as a copy of the mobile home park rules.
Even though you can be evicted from the premises due to a variety of reasons, before you are evicted the park owner must give you a written notice to quit or leave the premises. Such a notice must be in writing and must explicitly state the reasons for eviction and give you at least forty five days (45) for your tenancy to end. It is worth mentioning though that the notice period is bound to be different depending on the case. In some instances, an eviction for nonpayment of rent is usually thirty days (30). Even though the law requires that the park owner or his agent give you the notice in person, he can also send the notice vide mail and leave a copy in your home if he has attempted at least for three days to personally serve you with the same.
It is also worth mentioning if there is someone who has a lien on your mobile home, then the park owner can also notify the lien holder of the impending eviction. In the event that your existing contract with the lien holder allows it, the lien holder may make an attempt to repossess the property so as to protect his or her interest in the property.
In the event that you feel that the facilities in the park are either unhealthy, unsafe or both, then you are at liberty to file a court action against the park owner. However, before you go to court, you are expected to talk with the park owner or his representative about the problem and also talk with other tenants about the same. You should then go ahead and contact the local code enforcement officer, fire chief or plumbing inspector about the problem.
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