Can a mobile home park prevent me from moving a trailer I own to my own property?

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Can a mobile home park prevent me from moving a trailer I own to my own property?

I saw an ad for a mobile home park in the area that is selling fixer upper trailers dirt cheap with the first month’s lot rent included. After that it’s $500 a month for the lot. Is there anything stopping me from buying the mobile home and then just moving it to my own property? Even if they make me sign a 5 year lease or something for the lot, can I just break the contract and pay a few months’ rent as penalty like you would if you broke a typical lease?

Asked on March 31, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

1) No, they can't stop you from moving your own property, unless some agreement (e.g. the lease) you sign specifically says you can't move it--if the agreement does, that term or provision is valid and enforceable against you.
2) If you sign a lease, you are potentially liable for ALL remaining rent due under it--i.e. if you sign a 5-year lease, you are potentially liable for 60 months, not "a few months," rent. While the lessor (the park) has to make reasonable efforts to find a new tenant/re-rent, and they can't keep charging you after a new tenant is in place, sometimes, a place legitimately has trouble re-renting. When that is the case, you remain liable until your lease is up. So be careful about signing long-term leases.

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