Mobile Home Eviction
February 8, 2011 3:02 AM Subscribe
Just curious: A friend is behind on his land rent in a mobile home park, where a (fairly nice) double-wide mobile home he owns outright is parked. They're talking eviction, and they're definitely within the law to do so from my read of relevant WA state code. My friend cannot afford to move the home. What happens next, generally?
posted by maxwelton to law & government (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend has been served with an eviction notice, but there is no way he can act on it, as far as moving the place. I am not privy to his rental agreement, but am curious about what would go down if they follow through. I couldn't find an example in a quick search.
I assume they would evict him and sell his home to pay the back rent (which is less than $1,000). He paid $90,000 for the home a few years ago; he over-paid and the actual current fair market price is probably about $50,000--but that may take awhile to get, the market is soft. (My friend thinks he can get $70,000 "in the spring", which I don't think is possible.) It would cost at least $10,000 to move it off the lot, and there is nowhere for it to go.
My worry is that the lot owner might be able to "fire sale" the home at a ridiculously low price to move it out, take a big chunk of that for random penalties, sale fees, etc. and essentially give my friend a token amount at the end of the day for his house. I have no idea if this is how it works.
(I've recommended finding an attorney until I'm blue in the face, but it isn't going to happen.)