15 Weird Things About US Trailer Parks We Didn’t Know

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A mobile home park is designed to hold permanent or semi-permanent trailers. It used to be that living in a trailer park meant you were downtrodden, down-on-your-luck, poor. These days, people from many walks of life live in trailer parks. Some are even reserved for older people living off of SS, and their closeness to other old people allows for a community that’s cheaper than living in a nursing home.

It’s true that you will find that most renters or owners are doped up on drugs, but it’s also true that the millennial white collar, not the blue collar, also live in trailer parks to get away from the high price of living in apartment complexes or they’re people who are sticking around the lot to save for a down payment on a house. They are educated, not illiterate, and inside their double-wides you may just find beauty in a small space; a kitchen as stylish as you might find in a gourmet kitchen and even freestanding bathtubs (in addition to separate showers) for a luxuriant bubble bath.

If you can believe it, we even found a trailer park whose tenants comprise of billionaires—yep, that’s right! But the overall reason why people live in trailers is that they have wheels, which means they can up and leave at a moment’s notice, especially if they’re hiding from the law(!), or else need to be mobile to gain jobs in different areas. But like all things, there are compromises and downfalls, and so here are 15 Trailer Park Laws That Americans Need To Follow.

15. RENTAL LEASES ARE THE SAME AS REGULAR HOUSING

All leases for a rental of the lot must be in writing. This protects you from eviction if you have not done anything illegal or are a bad neighbor. Most leases are for one year. If you know you will be moving out before the year ends, you can ask for a shorter lease in writing. Finally, written leases cannot be changed in the middle of a lease agreement. The law lists some things which definitely cannot be changed in the middle of a lease, including parking regulations, rules restricting guests, the use of hot plates on your steps, putting your TV outside on your yard so you can catch up on watching Judge Judy at the same time you can get bask in the sun to get a tan and using your garden hose to take erotic showers on your lawn in just your cut off jeans so that Lot 21 may see what you can offer her. Guess which restrictions are actually true.

14. YOU CAN’T BE EVICTED IF YOU HAVE A GUEST OVER, EVEN IF THE GUEST STAYS FOR MORE THAN A FEW WEEKS

Mobile park residents can bring guests over anytime they want, but there are some rules to follow. The residents are responsible for the way their guest behaves or acts but the resident cannot be charged a fee, even if the guest stays for a longer period than intended. The only way a landlord can evict you is if your guest breaks the law. So, yeah, you may actually get evicted if your guest builds an impromptu circus on the lawn near the recyclables that may or may not include tight-rope acts strung between mobile homes, a tiger going through a hoop lined with flames situated near the campground and, lastly, the ubiquitous (but necessary) elephant who has nowhere to sit because the land is not large. Can you imagine if that actually happened! And where would you get an elephant?

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