If you have tenants who are refusing to leave your mobile home, here is what you need to do.
I’m not sure if there is anything else worse in the world than paying for a mobile home that someone else is living in and destroying. To make things worse, renters have unprecedented rights to live in and destroy your mobile home.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, renters have been living easy. Many of them are lying or exaggerating their hardship just so they can continue to live in your mobile home for free. One of the biggest issues we are seeing with mobile home renters is that they are refusing to leave. So what can we do to get a tenant out of our mobile home? Here are some tips of what you can do to get rid of an unwanted tenant.
- First, try reasoning with them and see if they are willing to leave on their own. Remind them that they will have an eviction on their permanent record and it will disqualify them from ever renting or owning a place after. Be very careful. Many of these people have been doing drugs and can be unstable. No amount of money is worth your life, so proceed with caution. But, this is by far the easiest solution. Get the park manager involved and leave an eviction notice on the door so they know this is a real thing that is happening to them.
- Remind them again of all the space rent that THEY (not you) will be responsible for. Let them know that you can take them to a court or the park can sue them for the owed money. They need to understand that nothing in life is free. The back owed space rent will follow them for years to come if they decide not to pay.
- Sell the home to an investor with the tenant inside. The investor will have a lot less sympathy and will show up at the door with contractors ready to work on the home and kick them out. You walk away with cash and no headache. In certain cases, I know investors who will show up to the mobile home with their OWN things ready to move into the house. The tenant normally will feel so uncomfortable they will leave. Once reality hits that this is no longer their house people tend to move on quickly.
- Try a “cash for keys” scenario. You can pay them $500 to get the heck out of your mobile home! I know this is annoying because who wants to waste MORE money on a person like this. However, some of these people are so desperate for money they will take anything to move on. You may be surprised at how little you have to offer to get them to leave.
- Order the local sheriff to do a “lockout” and remove them from the home. Many times, you can get local law enforcement involved in the situation. It really just depends on the area you live in. Don’t hesitate to reach out to law enforcement to help expedite the situation.