Our background check person only serves Oklahoma.
But finding a similar person in Ohio should not be difficult:
Join your State’s manufactured housing association, which in Ohio is the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (www.welcomehomeohio.com) (FYI, anyone can find their State’s association here: http://www.nadaguides.com/Manufactured-Homes/state-associations)
Call local/large Apartment complexes and ask who they use for their background checks
As regards more cost-effective evictions, again, ask the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association and those apartment managers. I believe only California requires an attorney to be present. Our experience is in Oklahoma, and we send either our Property Manager or Asset Manager to court.
You might also send all your residents an application form and require them to fill that out (SSN, get a copy of their driver’s license, etc.). Many of them will not (and I think your only recourse would be eviction, and I’m not necessarily recommending that), but at least you’d probably get some information on some of the residents. That might make them less likely to steal from you, and you would be better able to track them down if and when they steal from you.
Ah, the joys of taking over a poorly run mobile home park… ain’t it grand? (:P)