Sink hole in mobile home park...
(St. Petersburg, FL Pinellas County)
What happens when you rent the lot your mobile home is located on and a sink hole forms? Who would pay for damages and or repairs? Since the renter does not own the land, is the park owner responsible?
This may include but not limited to the cost to move, repairs if possible, or the liability to buy you out of your mobile home. Any info you could give would be appreciated.
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ANSWER for "Sink hole in mobile home park...":
Anonymous (St. Petersburg, FL):
You pose an interesting legal question. The first thing you should do is read your lease agreement. In it may be a clause designating whether the landlord or tenant is liable for maintaining the property their mobile home is situated upon.
It is more likely the landlord is responsible for the sink hole. He or she has a legal "duty of care" to keep the land rented to tenants safe, and free of harm to all tenants.
Apparently the sink hole is dangerous. The landlord would be well-served by taking care of your moving expenses now. If he or she waits much longer and your mobile home becomes damaged, or in the worst case scenario, you or a family member become injured, the landlord may be looking at a lawsuit which could ultimately end up costing thousands of dollars more than if she paid your moving expenses.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
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