If you live in a trailer park and get an eviction notice, don't ignore it. You may be able to save your home, or at least delay having to move, by taking appropriate action. This is particularly true if you own your mobile home and just rent space in your park.
Owner Vs. Renter
Eviction laws are different in each state, and many states have two sets of landlord-tenant laws: one for mobile home owners who rent a space in a mobile home park, the other for those who rent their housing from a landlord. If you don't own your mobile home, your rights are usually covered in the second type of landlord-tenant law. However, if you do own your mobile home, and your state has a separate law for mobile home owners who live in rented space, you may have additional rights that traditional renters do not have. For example, your mobile home park owner may have to give you additional time to make up your back rent before you can be legally evicted. Check the laws in your area to find out what your rights are.
Seek Legal Help
If possible, don't fight an eviction alone. Seek legal help. If you can't afford a lawyer, contact your local legal aid society for assistance. Legal aid can't always provide you with an attorney, but its lawyers can help you understand your rights and may be able to assist you with preparing paperwork for court.
Try to Negotiate
Talk to your mobile home park owner about why she wants to evict you. If you owe back rent, try to negotiate a payment plan. If the problem is a matter of needed repairs or the conduct of your family members, offer the park owner a date on which the problem will be corrected or your misbehaving family member will move from your home. Since eviction can be a tedious and expensive process, some park owners may be willing to work with you.
Seek New Housing
If it looks like your eviction is inevitable, start looking for new housing. Once you are evicted, your landlord or mobile home park owner may report you to tenant screening companies. This can make it hard for you to find a place to live. By looking for housing before the eviction shows up on your tenant screening report, you may be able to find a decent place to live without having to pay an extra security deposit or finding a co-signer.
- Lawyers: Leasing a Mobile Home & Mobile Home Park Space
- Washington State Office of the Attorney General: Manufactured/ Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act
- Tenant's Legal Center of San Diego: Tenant's Rights or Renter's Rights
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: 'Other' Consumer Reports: What You Should Know about 'Specialty' Reports; January 2011
- Federal Trade Commission: Using Consumer Reports: What Landlords Need to Know; December 2001
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