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uncleronboy

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here in arkansas a millionaire bought our mobile home park, ordered all homes and occupants must leave.  the land will stay vacant until he finds a buyer.  though our lot rent is faithfully paid many folks here are below low income and disabled. there is a larger piece of vacant land across the street with no people or homes on it.  why cant we stay at least until a buyer is found? that's how one mobile home park down the road is doing it.  i cant afford to have my home moved without saving money for at least a year, i'm sure.  some states require an eviction notice of one year and new land owner pays all moving expenses.  we got 2 months notice, which some might consider generous- it means my 2 old cats and i will likely spend the rest of our lives living in a car.
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At the end of the day, real estate is a business. I would think most people would be happy to keep all tenants that pay in a timely manner, and mobile home parks are a gold mine if you are willing to put up with the hassle. Perhaps he simply doesn't want the hassle and expects to sell to someone who will want to develop the land and therefore will have no interest in dealing with getting rid of all the current mobile home tenants. I am guessing that is what is planned, that it won't stay a mobile home park anyway and it is less hassle to get rid of everyone now. 

Of course, if he kept everyone then we could be having a conversation about why evil rich people get to make a profit on poor folks. 

Not to be mean, but life happens and this is just one of many, many things that could have come up and cost you a ton of money. Not having money on hand is no one else's fault. I am not saying that today you can pull it out of thin air and completely change your situation, but we are all victims our own decisions and need to take responsibility. I suggest you take Dave Ramsey's personal finance class or at least read his books from the library. If you follow his teachings, you are almost guaranteed to be in a very different situation 5-10 years from now.
uncleronboy

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LLinVA must be a landlord, or, per his response- a politician.
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I am letting you know the reality of the situation. When someone owns something, they get to decide its use. This guy probably wants to sell the land for something much more valuable. Maybe it will become a subdivision, maybe a shopping center, but it is something that someone will pay a lot more for than a mobile home park. That's the reality. 

I also went out of my way to give you an invaluable resource that could literally change your life forever, if you take the opportunity and take control. 
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I'm sorry to tell you that NO state requires a notice of one year. Mobile home rentals are treated like any other rental. Mobile homes are taxed (and considered) like a vehicle. They are meant to be moved (hence the mobile part). It is an expected expense of owning one, just as putting gas in your car is expected. The longest notice required in any state that I know of is 60 days. In my state, you'd get 30 days notice. And unless they are breaking your lease to make you move, no state requires an owner to pay the tenant's moving expenses. Once your lease is up in a place, you can be asked to move out (except rent controlled places). You need to know this and plan for it. Protect yourself by signing a new lease. Although it is too late for you now, this advice may help other tenants. Tenants with leases in place cannot be made to move until their lease ends. Teanants need to know their rights and their responsibilities, and plan accordingly.
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If the park owner wants to evict you because he plans to renovate the park, he must give you between 6 months to 12 months notice. He may also have to pay for your moving costs.
look up pine tree legal, among other places, maine, oregon, etc.  homes are owned, not rented, and yes, easy to move, but designed that way for easy to put in place, as in permanent, the homeowner usually hopes.

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Can you provide a link to the state code where you are that states those required notices? They don't sound accurate since they are a range (a state would require 6 months or 12 months, not 6-12 months). 

Because you own the home, it is expected that you would take it with you if you are notified to leave the RENTED land. Unless you also owned the land, you should expect to move sooner or later. If that's not what ends up happening, awesome. 

No mobile home is intended to be permanently put in place, at least not on a rented lot, sorry. They aren't even meant to be permanent in general, which is why they depreciate in value whereas 'proper'/non-mobile homes appreciate in value. 

You asked why someone would do this, multiple people have explained the business side of things and the reality that since you do not own the land, you should know that you have no right to be on it past the duration of your lease. If you and others did not plan accordingly, that is not the fault of the old or new landowner. It is a harsh reality at this time for you, and we feel for you, but unfortunately, at this point, the situation is what it is. If the mobile-home is paid for, perhaps you could get a loan against it for the cost of moving. 

Again, please look into Dave Ramsey's FPU class, it will change your life. Even if you don't take his class, get his Total Money Makeover book from the library and do the steps.
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