A Tenant’s Guide to Renting a Mobile Home

Renting a mobile home has many benefits (read about them in our April Blog!) and whether you are considering or have already made the choice to rent a mobile home, there are a few things to consider when going through the decision and lease agreement processes.

During your mobile home rental search process, you will find you will most likely deal with a rental office or company who will tend to your needs rather than working with a private renter. This will help ensure the process is kept professional and by the book in terms of a leasing agreement and structure.

Looking for a Rental Unit

When you launch your search for a mobile home to rent, you want to make sure your choice fits your living requirements, preferences and lifestyle. Along with the amount of space, layout and location, you’ll also want to have a good understanding of the following before signing a lease agreement.

  • Any additional fees associated with the mobile community
  • Services provided to you (maintenance, trash removal, landscaping, etc.)
  • Every term in the lease agreement
  • Rules of the park
  • Handling rent payment, deposits and refunds
  • Weather zone of the park
  • Guest rules

You should have substantial time to go over your lease before signing it and the landlord should be available to answer any questions you may have. If you’re feeling rushed into signing your lease, this could be a red flag with the renter being “too eager”. There may be an underlying reason and you may want to do some additional research on the renter.

Making a Decision

Deciding on a home within your mobile home community of choice can be a struggle if you are unsure of what you want. There are many factors to consider, some people choose a home based on direction because they enjoy the morning sun in their living room or one may need additional bedrooms for children or for guests to visit, while others want to make sure the layout makes sense to their lifestyle. If things seem a little overwhelming, here is a quick list of things to consider based on needs and preferences to get you started.

  • Floor plan layout
  • Number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms  
  • Size of home (single or double wide)
  • Look of interior (granite countertops, wood cabinets, fixtures)
  • Appliances (size, color, types)
  • Direction home faces (north-south, east-west)
  • Location within the park
  • Any available upgrades
  • Yard and garden space
  • Parking options
  • Security
  • Amenities

Before You Move In

It is always important to be a courteous and rule adhering tenant. However, it is just as important for the renter to be as well, after all, this is your investment. Before you move in, make a checklist:

  • The mobile home rental has been checked for health and safety issues
  • You have the keys
  • A property inventory has been created and given to the rental office
  • It’s clean
  • Utilities are in operating order (including the furnace, AC and water heater)
  • Any previous damage is noted

Living in a Mobile Home Park

When it comes to mobile home living, a benefit is that each park is different, offering a variety of choices in your living conditions and people you will be in contract with. Not only that, but mobile home parks are often located in suburban or city outskirt areas, giving rural and country-like vibes. Following this guide will help assist you in a positive mobile home living experience.

There are so many perks to living within a mobile home rental community. Respecting the property as if it was your own is great advice for any renter, as you prepare for home ownership.

Visit Parrish Manor today to schedule a viewing and get started on the search for your new home!