@HighPlainsDrifter , as per your question:
- "...how successful have others actually been with evictions when the tenant is current on rent?"
We own 2 Mobile Home Parks in South Carolina.
Our Tenants are on Month-To-Month Leases.
We evict on:
2.) "Grounds Other Than Non-Payment"
We have evicted at least 3 Tenants on "Grounds Other Than Non-Payment".
One Tenant lived in our Mobile Home and the other two Tenants owned their own Mobile Homes.
During the Eviction Process through the Magistrate's Office none of the Tenants requested to go before the Judge to plead their case.
In addition the Tenants finally left the Mobile Home Park after a month or so after the Final Eviction Papers were served on them.
When evicting on "Grounds Other Than Non-Payment", we do the following:
1.) Create a letter stating that the Tenant is on a Month-To-Month Lease and that either the Tenant or Landlord can end the Lease with a 30 Written Day Notice.
2.) We then state that the Tenant's Lease has ended and that this letter serves as the Tenant's 30 Day Written Notice.
3.) We state that the Tenant will need to move their Mobile Home by Day 31.
4.) We state that the Tenant is required to pay all Rent and Fees while their Mobile Home is in the MHP.
5.) We do NOT give a reason why the Lease has ended.
6.) We then mail the Tenant two copies of the same letter:
- 1 Letter: Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested
- 1 Letter: Regular Mail
7.) They will read your Regular Mail. They will then call and ask you for a reason. We never give reasons.
8.) They typically will never pick-up the Certified Mail. The Certified Mail just gives you proof (for the Judge if needed) that you have given them Written Notice. Eventually, if the Certified Mail is not picked up by the Tenant, it will be sent back to you. However, you always have your receipt as proof of when you mailed it.
When evicting on "Grounds Other Than Non-Payment", the Tenants will:
1.) Stop paying you. Then you can file your Eviction on Non-Payment and End Of Lease.
2.) Live in your MHP up to the Date of the Magistrate serving them with the Final Eviction Papers
3.) Move out of the Mobile Home once the Magistrate serves them the Final Eviction Papers
4.) Finally move their Mobile Home out of your MHP after a month or so after they receive the Final Eviction Papers
We continue with the following processes until the Mobile Home is moved out of the MHP by the Old Tenant:
1.) Eviction Process
2.) Abandoned Mobile Home Process
We wish you the very best!