UPDATE - AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016:
NEW DOG POLICY:
- “Only Dogs Under 30 Pounds @ Full Maturity”
We implemented our New Dog Policy on November 1, 2015.
We have “finally” gotten all dogs Over 30 Pounds out of the Mobile Home Park.
As Greg ( @Greg ) indicated:
- “The major problem arises when purchasing a community with residents already having dogs.”
Yes, this was our issue. We purchased a Turn-Around MHP that already had dogs (specifically Dogs Over 30 Pounds).
We had approximately 10 Tenants with Dogs Over 30 Pounds…7 Tenants complied with our requests.
Below are the 3 Tenants that ignored our requests:
TENANT #1: At the beginning of January Tenant #1 texted that his “Legal Representative” wanted his “Payment History” (they are evicted on a monthly basis) for the last 6 months and a letter from our insurance company stating this new policy. Kurt Kelley ( @KurtKelley ) kindly helped us with the letter. A “Big Thank You” to Kurt Kelley ( @KurtKelley ).
TENANT #2: Earlier this month Tenant #2 stated that they had given their Dog to someone outside the MHP. Amazingly, the Dog reappeared on Tuesday of this week. We have sent them a 30 Day Non-Renew Of Their Month-To-Month Lease with NO reason for the Non-Renewal.
TENANT #3: We own a Mobile Home that we have rented to 2 single males with Month-To-Month Lease. The one male Tenant has sent in his Notarized Statement that he does not have a dog. The other male Tenant sent in documentation from a Psychiatrist that his girlfriend needs an “Emotional Support Dog”. The girlfriend does not have a Lease with us; the girlfriend has never filled out an Application with us and the girlfriend has never paid us.
BELOW ARE THE RESULTS OF THE ABOVE TENANTS:
TENANT #1 - TOH: We inherited this Tenant and their very old TOH along with their dogs when we purchased the MHP. This Tenant ended up getting a 30 Day Non-Renew of the Month-To-Month Lease with no explanation. This Tenant physically relocated their TOH (which was not necessarily a bad thing). This Tenant actually did NOT have electricity attached to their TOH when we first purchased the MHP. We had to send multiple letters just to get them to connect to electricity. That should have been our first clue.
TENANT #2 - TOH: This Tenant ended up finding a new home outside the MHP for their Over 30 Pound Dog and adopted a much smaller breed (which is around 9 pounds).
TENANT #3 - POH: The Dog belonged to the one Tenant’s Girlfriend. Initially, the one Tenant and the Girlfriend (along with the Girlfriend’s Dog) were scheduled to move. They ‘got’ a place but it had issues. Thus, we let them stay while the issues were addressed at their new place. Unfortunately, they settled back in and then requested that both Male Tenants stay and that the Girlfriend “move out”. This was not appealing as the Girlfriend was sure to visit and of course would have the dog. Both Male Tenants received a 30 Day Non-Renew of the Month-To-Month Lease with no explanation. Everyone moved out on April Fools Day.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
- Please, please, please learn from us. When you buy a MHP, make your new Dog Rule immediately and stick by it.
We wish everyone the very best!