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Accused of failing to maintain a property? You could face lawsuits

On Behalf of | May 17, 2020 | Litigation

In a mobile home park or manufactured home community, you’re going to have times when you need to make repairs. You will need to replace playground equipment, repair walks and refresh paint jobs. You want to do your best to keep the community looking its best not only to draw in new residents but also to make sure that everyone stays safe. 

Failing to maintain the expectations of your community can lead to litigation. Tenants and residents may file failure-to-maintain lawsuits against you to state that the community is not healthy, safe or pleasant to live in. They might suggest that the rent isn’t fair for the area or surroundings.

For example, if you charge a high rate of rent for your mobile homes because of the grounds, anyone who moves in would expect the grounds to continue to be maintained. If you allow a playground to become dangerous for their children or for pathways to break down into rubble, you could face accusations of failing to maintain the property in a safe manner or to the level expected by residents. 

As an owner of a manufactured home community or mobile home park, you will want to defend yourself against such allegations. You should demonstrate why the rental rate you charge is reasonable and explain the conditions of the facility. Keep track of maintenance and repairs, so you can show a jury that you do take the health and safety of your community seriously.

If you are facing allegations of not maintaining your community, it’s time to build your defense. These are serious allegations that can lead to serious financial losses, so building a defense for the jury is essential.