How to Abandon an Owner or Tenant's Mobile Home on Landlord's Lot

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Abandoning a mobile home on someone else's property creates problems for tenants and landlords. However, in some cases, it may be necessary for you to abandon a mobile home you own if you can not afford to pay the lot rent or to have it moved to another location. You can abandon the mobile home in a way that will make it easier for the landlord to deal with it and dispose of it properly.

Determine whether or not you are the full legal owner of the mobile home in question. This means that the mobile home has a clear title with your name on it and no liens. If the mobile home has a lien on it, there is money owed on the home and it will legally be the property of the lien holder when you abandon it.

Notify anyone with a vested interest in the mobile home that you intend to abandon it. This means that you should contact lien holders or co-owners and let them know what is going on. This will give them the opportunity to handle the situation and minimize their own losses. Lien holders may repossess the home or re-sell it to a new owner.

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Discuss the situation with your landlord. The landlord deserves to know that you are planning to abandon the home on the property so that they can begin the proper procedures for handling the situation. If you own the home outright and there are no co-owners or lien holders, then you can save the landlord a lot of trouble by providing them with the title to the home. You will also reduce the likelihood that you will be sued for lot rent for the abandoned home after you leave it. If you hand over the title, you should make sure the landowner provides your with a document that says they will not go after you for additional fees or rents related to the trailer.

Move out of the mobile home. Do not respond to legal mail that gives you the opportunity to reclaim the trailer. After a time, the mobile home's title will be awarded to the landlord or the lien holder will have to take over the trailer and handle the situation.

Warnings

  • You may be sued for abandoning your trailer on someone else's property. You can be held liable for lot rent, disposal fees, court expenses and the remaining balance of any loans on the mobile home even after you leave it behind.

Tips

  • Before you abandon your mobile home, try to find someone to purchase it, rent it or take over the payments in order to avoid legal hassles and financial repercussions from abandoning the home.