We had our lawyer file an eviction on Thursday, and the woman was served either over the weekend or on Monday morning. (Today is Tuesday.) We filed for two reasons: drugs found in her home and past due lot rent of over $4,500, all except the May rent from the prior owner.
We followed our lawyer’s specific advice and waited until the 6th of the month (late May rent) to file, since he thought it would be easier to file on rent issues than the drug issue.
Yesterday, I got a call from a mover who was IN the park to move her home out. I told him she owed rent and would not let it leave the park. I also told him it was in the court’s hands at this point. I said if the court said the home could leave it could leave at that point.
We have a promissory note from this girl to the prior owner that if she did not pay the house became his immediately. Our attorney saw this note and the terms and told us it was legal - a couple of months ago.
The mover left, but came back after 4:30 today and started breaking down the house. I called our lawyer immediately and also called the police department. My purpose was to stop a move from happening until the judge could hear the case. The tenant’s reply period is not yet up. I went so far as to tell the mover that he could not have his rig on our private roads.
When I finally got hold of the lawyer, he told me I had no choice but to let her move her home out, and he thought we could get sued if we stopped the mover from coming in the park. Need I say that I am, at this point, very furious?
So, the home is gone, it has cost us $500 for the lawyer , $50 to have the service done quickly (the Sheriff takes up to a week) and $203 to file the eviction with the county, PLUS we now have little or no chance of ever recovering the past due rent. Our lawyer’s answer? File a lien on the house after I followed it to its destination. (I did not personally follow it, but did have someone who helps Jim do so.) At that point we could force a sale AFTER we get a judgement!
This is where we need help - needless to say, we are not especially happy with our attorney. We need to find a good Alabama attorney who knows the new laws inside and out. Since this happened about 6 pm, the entire park knows that I did not prevail. We are currently working to make all the tenants comply with the rules, and this woman just proved to them that they can still do what they want.
I also cannot believe that a licensed mover actually moved a home out like this. He has assured me he will be back to pull the anchors and clean up the lot. I will be surprised.
Comments and advice, please. (Just to be clear, Jim is in Florida, so this one is all on me.)