My name is Michael Ablan and I’m a real estate investor in Northern NY. We recently purchased a 20 lot park with a ton of inherited tenants. The old owner ran it pretty poorly, and then passed away, so we ended up picking it up for a good price, but with lots of headaches. I can’t seem to find any local attorneys who know the nuances of landlord/tenant laws in our areas (pertaining to the parks). I was hoping maybe some experienced vets around here could help guide me a bit.
One change we made is how the water/sewer is handled. The old owner used to pay it all. We changed that immediately. However, there’s a handful of residents who are refusing to pay, no matter what we ask. We’ve sent the appropriate notices giving them more than enough heads up. Now it seems we will need to evict them. One owns their own trailer, the other just rents it. Is it true I have to give then one who rents 30 days, and the one who owns it 60 days?
Another issue is lawn care. The old owner used to mow it all. We took over and gave the responsibility to the residents. There’s a handful of them who are refusing to mow. What are our options? Currently, I’m going to post a notice on their door giving them 24 hours to mow, otherwise we will do it and charge them $50. If they continue to refuse, am I able to start eviction proceedings based on repeated violation of park rules?
These are just a couple of the issues. They all primarily come down to residents not respecting the new park rules, and me not having a knowledgeable attorney to turn to for how to properly proceed in eviction/enforcement action.
I would love any advice and/or recommendations of a good attorney in upstate NY.