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dancerii

Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 3
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ok my question is my landlord lives in a mobile home  park. i rent one of there mobile homes. and have a contract with them. that includes giving them my space rent and my trailer rent. the park owners come to my door demanding  us to give them the space rent. I'm confused. my landlord said it was wrong that i should have gave it to them. i'm not trying to cause problems but i'm very confused. pleased help i want to do the right thing.i think something is going on because their cleaning up the park.i don't want to get involved i like being quiet. but there putting me in the middle so if anyone can help please email me at dancerii22@yaoo.com. thank you

OHlandlord

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 3,532
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I suggest contacting the park owners and showing them the contract you have with the LL that shows he is responsible for the space rent.  (It is his trailer and the space is rented in his name isn't it?)  Have the owners contact the LL and work out a solution.  Let them know you'll be happy to pay them the lot rent but you need a written statement from the LL allowing you out of that part of the agreement first.  Cooperate with the park owners and show that you are a good tenant.  They will be much more agreeable to this.

dancerii

Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 3
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i talked to my landlord and she said it was ok to pay my space rent to them. but for some reason the park owners are going to all the landlords tenants and asking for the space rent. they are only focusing on the landlords tenants.they are telling us that if we don't pay them that they will evict us.pretty much scaring everybody into giving them the space rent all of us but one complied. is this legal. i don't want to lose my home even though i rent it. they are good people. but i can't be in all this drama. at onetime we had had no park lights they have but signs up more than once saying the water will be shut off. and it was for six hours due to nonpayment. the pool is not taken care of properly.and all the trash dumpster were taken out due to nonpayment. i'm not one to complain but this is getting really ridculous. and i'm thinking aboout moving.they come late at night to collect. shouldn't be done during the day.can they charge for parking. they have also ask some of my landlords tenants for keys. its not their trailers. please help. everybody here. is very nervous. we don't know what is going on. can anyone one help us. need laws to protect us. should we cantact an attorney. we are in california if this helps finding the rights for us. thanks

OHlandlord

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 3,532
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Please get something in writing that acknowledges that your LL has approved giving the lot rent directly to the park owner.  If you do not wish the lot owner to come in the evening pick this up, go down and pay the rent earlier in the day on the due date.  The owner is just trying to get the rent on the day it is due.  Many people may be working through the day and are not home to collect.  He doesn't want to make multiple trips around the park to collect so he waits and comes in the evening.  (He may also work during the day himself.)  If your rent is paid earlier in the day, he has no reason to stop by your place that evening.  Perhaps some of the LLs are collecting more lot rent than what is charged so the owner is now collecting it himself.  Or maybe some of the LLs are failing to pay the lot rent to him.

I don't understand the lights and water going off.  Are they working on the facilities and need it off to do this work?  Does the park owner pay for the utilities?  You said they were shut off for non-payment?  Who didn't pay?   How do you know it was for non-payment and not due to some other problem?  The pool maintenance is up to the park owner, you would have to make a written request to him to have this done.  Since the dumpsters were removed, did they replace them with a trash service?  Has your LL provided you with a trash service to remove garbage from the park?  You need some way to remove the trash from the park.

Unless meters or shut off valves are inside the trailers, the park owners have no need for keys.  If the only shut off to that trailer is inside and work needs to be performed on the line, they can request that the tenant be home or the trailer's owner be there to turn off the utility.  If the meter is inside, you would have to make arrangements with them to allow entry to read the meter once per month (perhaps on the same day each month?)

Parking is another story.  The roads and parking spaces in a trailer park are not public.  They can charge for parking stickers per car to discourage too many cars at each trailer.  Many mobile home parks use this system, then provide extra parking for unregistered or unstickered cars all the way toward the entrance.  If you don't want to pay for the extra parking sticker, you need to walk to and from your car each day.

I urge you to look up the rules for mobile home parks for your state to see what they can and can't do.  Only then will you know what they must provide in that park.
dancerii

Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 3
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i want to thank you for the info. the trash dumpster were taken by the trash service. within a week or two they were returned by the same service. also  the park street lights have been out pretty much since i have been here. they were just turned back on recently. i pay my own electric in my trailer. the water is paid by the park owner.and the water was shut off for 6 hours. there was no repairs being done. i'm sorry if i sound like a complainer.i sold my home to move out here and have never rented before and am not use to all the drama that goes on here. or the laws to safe guard my rights. some of the things going on here are not normal. my LL has been in this park for over 20 years. the park was sold and the new owners and the LL aren't seeing eye to eye. this has cause alot of friction in the park. the tension in the park is not relaxing at all. again i want to thank you for the info.and the parking charge is only being charged to my LL as far as i know. they have not told anyone else they are going to have to pay for parking.

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