I purchased a 56-lot park on March 1. It’s in need of a complete turnaround, as it was bank-owned for 3 years with no management. Things got pretty bad, but we’ve started evictions and are making progress.
We met a resident who seems to share our goals for the park and since we live 7 hours away, he’s been keeping an eye on things and reporting problems. We’ve also given him copies of leases, applications, rules, etc. (since we were mailing hundreds of copies due to them being lost). Things seemed to be going fairly well until this past week. Some of the residents are complaining that he’s harassing them. We’ve asked him to avoid confronting anyone about violations and just let us know if something needs to be addressed. He’s agreed and said that he has not approached anyone except when we asked him to deliver letters to two residents because we didn’t have their addresses. (Most residents still have not submitted applications, so we don’t have contact info for everyone.)
I received a call on Saturday from a police officer who was called to the park over a dispute. Our ‘helper’ was physically threatened (reportedly for something he said about someone) and his tires were cut. Last week, his property was vandalized.
The police officer said the residents told him they were being harassed by this man, but he (the officer) conceded that they may just be unhappy about being watched. We called our helper and he said he has not approached anyone other than to deliver the letters. But multiple residents have told both us and the police that he’s been on their lots and has approached them about cleaning their yards, cutting their grass, and other violations. He denies it. Any ideas on how to sort it out?
My other question pertains to legal requirements for management. We’ve met some people who are interested in managing the park (off-site). But in the state of GA, property managers must either be brokers or they must be full time employees. It seems that many parks have onsite management in exchange for lot rent, so I’m wondering how they get around similar legal requirements.