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The often confusing, rarely explained Sarasota Florida area mobile home park application.

A necessity for all mobile home Buyers to pass in order for the Buyer to be approved by the park so that they can move forward with the purchase of their mobile home.

The endless questions that these confusing applications cause is something of a nuisance in the mobile home park industry, especially within the Sarasota Florida area.

Today, we will go into further detail about how many people can be on a singular application, what information the park is looking for and if the incomes of both parties can be combined in order to meet the income requirements for the mobile home park application.

When working with a licensed mobile home broker during the purchase or sale of your mobile home within the Sarasota Florida area, we at The Mobile Home Dealer, require each Buyer to be approved by the park prior to closing on their mobile home.

Mobile home in a 55+ community

Mobile home in a 55+ community

The reason for this requirement is that if the Buyer is not approved prior to buying the mobile home and waits until after the sale has been completed then both the Buyer and the Seller could be running into a large issue.

If the Buyer is not approved prior to the sale and waits until after the sale has closed to get approved and is denied then now they own a mobile home within a mobile home park that they are unable to own. In this situation, the Buyer of the home will need to look to either sell the home that they just bought right away as, legally, they are not able to live within the home. If the Buyer is able to and the home is of the age then the Buyer could look to move the home to another park or to private land. Sadly, this is not very common as the average age of a mobile home within the greater Sarasota Florida area is over the age that a permit will be written for the home to be moved.

If this turns out to be the case then the Buyer will usually have to sell the home that they just bought.

This terribly stressful situation could have been avoided if the Buyer of the mobile home went ahead and was approved by the mobile home park prior to making the purchase of their mobile home.

When filling out the park application it is imperative that every person who is planning on living in the home be on the application. Usually, there can be two adults per home are allowed on most park applications.

Here, the joint income of both adults is usually used in order to see if the applicants are approved for residency within the park based on the income requirements that they need to meet.

Most parks will look for a 3-4X reported income-to-lot rent ratio.

A simple example of this will be if the lot rent for the park is $500 then the park will usually want to see gross reported wages somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 per month for all adult applicants who will be living within the mobile home.

Generally speaking, most park offices require the same information for each applicant:

  • Reported Wages
  • Credit Check
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Application Fee
  • Copy Of Photo Identification

Once all of this information is properly filled out and given back to the park office then the manager or owner will be able to begin getting the application approved for the new Buyer to become a resident of the mobile home park where their new home resides!

Mobile home park in Sarasota

Mobile home park

Other important things to take note of are the following.

Age – Most mobile home parks in the Sarasota Florida area are designed for people who are 45 years old and older. This means that if you are single and younger, you have to check with the park’s requirements first if you are allowed to live in your chosen park. The same applies if you are a young couple.

Children. Although a double-wide or bigger mobile home is designed for more than two adult people, many mobile home parks do not allow children. It is therefore imperative to check all the requirements before buying a mobile home in order to avoid problems that are impossible to solve. Because your family needs a triple-wide 3-bedroom mobile home doesn’t mean you can buy it. Even if you have the cash to pay, it is always the park that has the final say on whether you and your family are qualified and allowed or not.

Pets. Many mobile home parks in the Sarasota area allow pets but is always better to consult with the park first before looking to buy a mobile home in that specific mobile home park. Pets needed to be included when you fill out your mobile home park application.

Extended family members. Some older couples have children not living with them but visit them frequently. Although seldom visits are allowed, frequent visitations that require your family members to stay for several days could also create misunderstandings. 

When buying a mobile home in the Sarasota Florida area, knowing all the park’s policies before deciding to buy a specific property is a must in order to avoid issues that could lead to bigger problems in the future. This is the reason why a park’s approval should be secured before buying a mobile home.

This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer which helps mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.

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