If I inherited a mobile home but cannot continue to pay lot rent, can the park owner come after me?

My parents passed and I inherited their mobile home in an adult park. I have been unable to sell/lease and cannot continue to afford the lot rent. I own the home, but not the property and have not signed a lease or anything with the park. Can the park owner come after me if I just “walk away” from the home? I don’t want to, but don’t know what else to do as I’ve lowered the price so I’m almost ready to pay someone to take it over.

Asked on November 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you did not sign a lease, you have been renting as a month-to-month tenant under an oral lease. That means you are responsible for any rent you have not paid to date (you have had your mobile home there, so you have to pay rent for it); you can be held liable for up to another 30 days of rent (since you have to give 30 days notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy), and possibly, depending on the laws of your state, you could be liable for costs involved in dispossing of the mobile home in some fashion after you leave. Your best bet, particularly if you're "almost ready to pay someone to take it over," may be to see if you can't sell it to the park for some low price and/or also a release from any claims that might have or try to assert against you.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you did not sign a lease, you have been renting as a month-to-month tenant under an oral lease. That means you are responsible for any rent you have not paid to date (you have had your mobile home there, so you have to pay rent for it); you can be held liable for up to another 30 days of rent (since you have to give 30 days notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy), and possibly, depending on the laws of your state, you could be liable for costs involved in dispossing of the mobile home in some fashion after you leave. Your best bet, particularly if you're "almost ready to pay someone to take it over," may be to see if you can't sell it to the park for some low price and/or also a release from any claims that might have or try to assert against you.


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