The owners of a park can only evict you for three reasons and must follow certain rules. The rules apply whether you are a homeowner renting a lot or you are renting the lot and the home from the park owner. The three reasons for eviction and the special rules are:
- Nonpayment of rent — The park owner must send you a written notice with a date by which you have to pay the back rent or leave. This is the “termination date.” The date must be at least 20 days after the date the notice was mailed to you. You can read the law at 10 VSA § 6237.
Note: No new notice is required if you are not current on your rent and have gotten a notice of eviction for nonpayment of rent in the past six months.
- Serious violation of the rental agreement — The park owner must send you a notice that says how you broke the rules and the date you have to get out. 10 VSA § 6237.
Tip: the owner can’t evict you for breaking the rules if other park residents are allowed to break those rules without being evicted. This is sometimes hard to prove in court, so for help, contact us. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont. You can also call us at 1-800-889-2047.
Note: No new notice is required if you seriously violate the terms of the rental agreement or fall behind on the rent within six months of having gotten a notice of eviction for serious violation of the agreement.
- Closing all or part of the park — The park owner has to give each person renting a lot that will be effected a written notice at least 18 months before changing the use. The notice has to be sent by certified mail. Depending on the circumstances, you should get a notice of intent to sell in advance of the closure notice. 10 VSA § 6237a. If you get any notice of this kind and want help, contact CVOEO’s Mobile Home Program for help at 802-660-3455 x204. You can also contact us at Legal Services Vermont.
Note: Sale of the park or a change in the form of ownership of the park are not grounds for eviction. 10 VSA § 6237. But if the park is going to be sold, you have rights as a resident to consider whether you want to buy the park. Read our page about When a Park is Sold or Closes.