If you own a trailer that is in a trailer park, can the owners of the parkprohibit you from having animals in your home?

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If you own a trailer that is in a trailer park, can the owners of the parkprohibit you from having animals in your home?

I live in a trailer park and own my trailer (therfore I rent the land). I want to know if they can tell me that I can’t have an animal if I want it in my home? I think that they shouldn’t be allowed to because it is my home and I give them money for the land that it is on and as long as I keep my yard clean they shouldn’t tell me what I can and can’t have. They are also telling us we can only have certain things in our yard. Like bikes, a grill, and a table, no yard decorations. I just think that they are going to far.

Asked on October 29, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You have a rental agreement for the land, correct?  A rental agreement is a contract and under the law, a contract is considered negotiated by the parties if they sign it.  It is then binding and each party is held to the terms in the contract that apply to them.  Certain contracts are void or voidable if a party can prove certain imbalances such as undue influence or if the terms are against public policy.  Look at the terms of your rental agreement.  If it says that you can not have pets then you may be bound by it.  If, however, they are attempting to modify - or add additional terms - that were not agreed to then you may not have to comply.  It might be a good idea to have an attorney look at it for you and let you know the way to proceed.  Good luck. 


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