Mobile Home Living In Florida: Part II
Last week we began exploring Mobile Home Living in Florida. We found so much great information we wanted to continue this week with a look at one of the most popular mobile home options for Seniors and families who live in mobile homes in the state of Florida, a mobile home community.
Knowing Your Rights When Living in a Mobile Home Community
According to the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, there are over 2300 mobile home communities in the state as of 2018. So, it’s important to know your rights as a mobile home owner in these communities. In 2010 the Florida legislature created what is known as the Florida Mobile Home Act. In short, this act covers the rights of both the tenant and landlord in a mobile home community and what is expected of both parties for a successful relationship. These include:
The Mobile Home Park Owner must:
- Comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes.
- Maintain buildings and improvements in common areas in a good state of repair and maintenance and maintain the common areas in a good state of appearance, safety, and cleanliness.
- Provide access to the common areas, including buildings and improvements to it, at all reasonable times for the benefit of the park residents and their guests.
- Maintain utility connections and systems for which the park owner is responsible for the proper operating condition.
- Comply with properly promulgated park rules and regulations and require other persons on the premises with his or her consent to comply therewith and conduct themselves in a manner that does not unreasonably disturb the park residents or constitute a breach of the peace.
In return the mobile home owner must:
- Comply with all obligations imposed on mobile home owners by applicable provisions of building, housing, and health codes.
- Keep the mobile home lot which he or she occupies clean and sanitary.
- Comply with properly promulgated park rules and regulations and require other persons on the premises with his or her consent to comply therewith and to conduct themselves in a manner that does not unreasonably disturb other residents of the park or constitute a breach of the peace.
Also included in the act is the mobile home community owner’s obligation to provide notice of any lot rent increases or changes in the community amenities, in writing, at least 90 days in advance. By doing so, this allows mobile home owners the opportunity to meet with the park owner and discuss any concerns and will enable the park owner to explain the change.
Keep in mind, it’s essential to have a written agreement in place when renting a lot in a mobile home community. This protects you as the tenant from any unexpected changes along the way. Take your time when reading the agreement and be sure to ask for clarification for any parts that are unclear.
Family Friendly Mobile Home Communities
Mobile home living in Florida family-friendly communities is becoming more and more common. With water access, pools, playgrounds and community rooms who wouldn’t want to? Take a look at just a few of the communities we found online!
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55+ Mobile Home Communities
Florida has always been a top destination for Seniors, in a recent article published by the Huff Post, one writer breaks down the top 10 reasons why:
- No state tax, inheritance tax or estate tax
- The climate
- A Lower Cost of Living
- Water access everywhere
- Easy travel access
- Plenty of accessible healthcare
- Access to museums, etc
- A vacation destination for family
- An abundance of Adult communities
With all these reasons, its no wonder Seniors seem to end up in Florida. We searched for 55+ mobile home parks and found over 367 parks dedicated to Seniors listed on 55Places.com. And these are just the ones listed there, I’m sure there are more that aren’t included on their listings. There are both pros and cons to living in a Mobile Home Park. However, for a Senior, the low maintenance, no property tax, and built-in social community usually outweigh any disadvantages. Here are just a few of the Senior communities we found online:
We hope you have enjoyed our look at Mobile Home Living in Florida mobile home communities. Have a question that we didn’t answer? Comment below, and we will try and find an answer for you! Be sure to watch for next week’s installment when we head to the Southwest and talk about Mobile Home Living in New Mexico.
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