Good parks offer amenities for their tenants like well-manicured surroundings, play areas, and pools. They must ensure the property is safe and that utilities are functioning while offering fair lot rents that don’t increase every year for no good reason.
In return, tenants promise to pay their monthly rent on time and follow the rules of the park. But what happens when the rules are strange and over-reaching?
In this article, we are sharing 17 bizarre mobile home park rules.
Weird Mobile Home Park Rules about Pets and Other Animals
Every rule listed below had to stem from a single incident.
Whatever the reason, managers found the issue serious enough to add it to the rules and regulations section in their lease. In several of these cases, the park managers may have over-reached their boundaries and impeded the rights of the tenants in the park.
No Exotic Pets
Bill Blades is a regular contributor to our Facebook Page, Mobile Home Living: Remodels and Repairs, and has a beautiful single wide in a nice park. He said his last park had a ‘no exotic pets’ rule before they decided to move there. Fortunately, he went back a few months later to see about an exception, and lo-and-behold, new owners were purchasing the park and they welcomed his iguana. Here’s his cute little iguana looking for a snack:
No Pets in Your Own Home?
The no pet rule in parks really upset me. I love animals – have 2 cats and 2 dogs and a dwarf hamster. Of course, I can understand a no pets rule if you are renting a home. I can also understand the aggressive breed rules for dogs. But if you own the mobile home and rent the lot you should be able to do whatever you want inside your own home as long as it doesn’t impede on your
One of the best perks of owning your own home is getting to have pets!
Jacki W. told us that when she first moved into her mobile 15 yrs ago the park had a no pets rule, not even an indoor cat. Thankfully, new park owners lifted the ridiculous rule.
“I own my mobile, rent their land, and they wanted to tell me what I could do within the mobile that I own?”Jacki W.
Leigh A. says she had the same ridiculous rule in her park until January 2019. They couldn’t even have a goldfish in her owned home! Luckily, she got new park owners, too.
While Marianne’s park allowed pets, she had to pay $20 per month per pet, even for an indoor pet. I wonder if an aquarium was counted as one pet? That could get expensive!
If Lynn’s manager finds any doggie piles on a tenant’s lawn they get charged $20 per pile. She says she doesn’t have a dog so she better not ever get charged!
No Dogs Above Knee-High?
Ann S. says her park has a rule against large dogs but it’s based on height, not weight. Dogs need to be knee-high or shorter. Luckily, she has a 50lb Basset/Aussie mix that is super short so she can keep her. Yay!
Speaking of vicious and aggressive dog breeds, Sue Ellen Borchers-Binter’s park doesn’t allow Pugs. I had no idea pugs were considered dangerous?
I understand that animals can create issues in a mobile home park. If I knew a neighbor had snakes in their home I would be very uncomfortable and probably scare myself to death by imagining them getting loose. I would be a mess! I understand a lot of people are scared of animals, especially dogs. Admittedly, I get a little nervous around certain breeds. However, some of these rules about animals are a bit weird and over-reaching.
No Feeding the Squirrels!
Cheryl has to pay a $20 dollar fine if her park catches her feeding squirrels.
No shooting the Vermin
I thought Mitchell was pulling my leg when he commented that his park has a rule prohibiting vermin shooting. When I questioned him he shared the actual rule list and sure enough, it says “Please keep the property safe by not firing at vermin that come into the park.”
Don’t Air Your Laundry on Sundays
Sandy B. couldn’t hang out her laundry to dry on Sundays in her first mobile home park in the
Thomas B. can’t air his dirty laundry on Sundays, or anything else for that matter. In fact, he can’t do much of anything on Sundays; no hanging out laundry, mowing the lawn or using any kind of power equipment on Sundays.
HOAs and mobile home park rules are disliked for a lot of reasons, mostly because they overreach and try to control everything. The following weird mobile home park rules deal with cosmetics and aesthetics and are a bit over controlling.
“It was there when we moved in. It’s not ours but somehow the cost of repairs is.”Julie B.
Sable L. cannot plant anything anywhere, not even in patio pots, without board approval.
In Patricia’s park, there can be no dirt showing in the planters or anywhere on your lot.
The days of the famed victory garden are long gone in Rory A.’s park. They are not allowed to have even a small garden on their lot.
Julie found a lot in a park but it had an old shed on it that she wasn’t particularly fond of. Shortly after she moved in she received a notice to paint the shed at her expense. She states, “It was there when we moved in. It’s not ours but somehow the cost of repairs is.”
Jacki W. had that same kind of issue over a lamp post that no longer worked. When she moved in she asked to have it removed but they told her she had to do it herself and pay to dispose of it. She rightfully says, “It’s not my land, why is it my lamp post?”
Park Amenities Problems
Kaci’s park has a playground but the park has a rule where kids under 14 are not allowed to play on it. That makes no sense!
Catie says her park has a beautiful community room but there’s a $300 cleaning deposit and you cannot rent it unless all the people at your event live in the park. So no friends or family at birthday parties? That’s ridiculous!
Leigh A. has a pool at her mobile home community but you have to sign in to use the pool and then a park employee sits and watches you swim. She says the employee isn’t even a lifeguard. In addition to the creepy watcher, the pool is only open from July to Labor Day and weekend hours are only 2-7pm.
Leigh’s park also has a rule that tenants can have no overnight guests unless the manager is notified first. She says new owners have recently taken over so hopefully things change.
Regularly Raising Rent
Cassandra M. says her park doesn’t have any weird mobile home park rules but they increase lot rent so often and each time it’s a higher amount. Lot rent can’t be raised easily in most states and to do it in the middle of a tenant contract requires some extenuating circumstances, one of those being new park owners. She says the rent has been raised so many times that she is suspicious the ‘new owners’ are actually the same company that is just changing names/titles.
Lori C. told us that her lot rent goes
Getting Soaked for a Waterbed
Mindy W. lived in a court that required permission to have a waterbed.
It’s my freaking house!!! What were they afraid the grass on the lot would get wet?Mindy W.
In addition to getting preapproval by the park owners to have a waterbed, Mindy also had to list the owners as co-beneficiary on her homeowner’s insurance policy.
Fortunately, Mindy is no pushover and she did a little research. She asked her insurance company about listing the park owners as co-beneficiaries on her private homeowner’s insurance policy and they told her it was not legally required for the court owners to be listed as co-beneficiary and they couldn’t evict her for non-compliance. However, they could come up with a reason if they really wanted you gone.
She continued, “There was actually only one company in our city that would even do a policy like that and from what I heard it was the company that the court owners used. I could tell you so many more ridiculous stories but I’m sure we’ve all been there!”
Heavy-Handed Mobile Home Park Rules are Finally Making Headlines
Mobile home park rules are getting so out of hand that they are making headline news. One park was featured in the Boulder Colorado Daily Camera in an article called Mobile Home Park Residents Worry New Owners, ‘Heavy-Handed Rules’ Will Force Them Out.
Cheryl Muhovich had lived in San Souci, a quaint Boulder CO mobile home park, for 21 years. She only had 7 more payments to own her mobile home outright. In August 2018, the 62 lot park was purchased for $3.85 million by RV Horizons, the fifth-largest ‘holder’ of mobile home communities in the US. Soon after purchasing it they left a 17-page packet on the tenant’s doors filled with new requirements, some “could force residents like Muhovich to make thousands of dollars in upgrades or face eviction.”
The new rules were fairly standard though a bit heavy-handed: no more than 2 cars in the driveway, if a car isn’t registered or licensed it has to be dent and rust-free, no statues or lawn ornaments, no skateboarding or climbing trees, no cars on ramps for more than 3 hours, and no loitering or ‘wandering’ the streets after 9 pm.
The most concerning rule is the one called, Owner’s Right of Self-Help:
“RV Horizons gives itself the power to make changes, without notifying residents, and then send a bill for whatever work was done — Section 3B of the rules and regulations document, under the heading “Owner’s Right of Self-Help.””
Of course, not all mobile home parks have weird or overreaching park rules. But before you move a home into a park it’s important that you research that park and its management. Ask tenants in the park about their experiences and the issues in the park. Knocking on doors and asking questions can keep you from making the wrong choice.
Mobile home parks have a lot of power and tenants have very little. In many states, a park only needs to give a 30-day notice to evict or shut down. Louisiana only requires a 10-day notice. That means a mobile home owner renting a lot must have the thousands of dollars it takes to move the home to another park or property and that’s assuming they can even find one. Before you move into a park and give them that kind of power it’s important that you understand the management and its history.
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