Eviction from a mobile home can be different from other evictions. Usually, you own the mobile home and rent the lot. If you are evicted you could end up losing your home. Because so much is at stake, Ohio law says that the park operator has to have a good reason to evict you like not paying rent or a "material violation" of the park rules.
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If you are facing eviction take the following actions to prevent eviction:
- Stay in your home. In Ohio, your landlord must file a court case in order to have you evicted from your home. This process can take four to six weeks, so you have a right to stay in your home.
- Get help paying rent. A number of local Community Action Agencies (CAA) and United Ways have financial assistance available to help with back rent. You can find your local CAA or United Way on this page under Local Government and Community Resources.
- Contact legal aid. If you are facing eviction, legal aid may be able to help you. To apply for legal aid, please apply online or over the phone.
The notice you get depends on why you're being evicted.
You can get evicted from the lot your mobile home sits on for not paying rent. If that’s your situation, you will receive a 3-day notice before your landlord can file an eviction case against you in court.
However, it’s just as common for people to get evicted from a mobile home park for a "material violation" of park rules. A "material violation" of park rules can mean many things, it really depends on your lease and the park’s list of rules. Read over both carefully.
If the eviction is for breaking park rules the notice depends on if it's your first or second violation:
- If it's your first violation, the park operator must give you a 30-day notice. The notice also has to include a description of the problem, so you know what to fix. If you fix the problem within 30 days the park operator can't evict you.
- If it's your second violation in six months, the park operator can give you just a 3-day notice.
Try to fix the problem immediately.
After you receive a notice, you can try to avoid eviction by fixing the problem.
- If you've broken the park rules, fix the problem or source of the violation as soon as possible.
- If you owe rent, do whatever you can to give your landlord the rent you owe them before your 3-day notice is up.
- Try to negotiate with your landlord. Maybe you can work out a payment plan, or a different solution that will work for both of you.
If you can't do any of those, or it seems like that won't be enough to stop the eviction, find a lawyer—you may qualify for legal aid. To find your local legal aid use our Find Your Legal Aid tool or go to Legal Help and Lawyers.
If you're evicted, you could lose your home.
If you don’t take action, your landlord will likely file an eviction case against you in court and a judge will decide if you must leave or not.
If you end up getting evicted, you will be allowed to move the home that you own, but you must pay the company that will move it. If you can’t afford to move your home, it's possible you may lose your mobile home. You will still be on the hook for any money that you owe on the mobile home.
This is why it's important to try to fix the problem so you don't get evicted in the first place. If your landlord does file for eviction, it's critical to get a lawyer. You may be able to get a legal aid lawyer, who will work with you to try to save your home and the money you've put into it.