We’re coming to you from a location where we just sold another Sarasota mobile home very quickly!
I thought of a blog post that I wanted to bring you up to speed on. Questions we get asked all the time are, does lot rent always include your water bill in a Sarasota mobile home?
What is included in a lot rent payment? Does lot rent include any other utilities, such as water?
These are common questions our team gets asked when we’re working with buyers of mobile homes in the Sarasota area on a daily basis.
Lot rent is the fee that is assigned to each homesite a home sits on within a land lease mobile home park.
This fee can range in Sarasota from the low $500s to upwards of $1,200 per month.
The lot rent fee, although it fluctuates from park to park, will include certain utilities, such as water, sewer, cable television, lawn care, and usage of all park amenities.
Some parks do not include the water in their lot rent fee and some do.
The parks that do not include the water in the lot rent fee, then it will be paid through either an individual meter that is assigned to each home or through what is called a master meter system.
In a master meter situation, the park receives one water bill for all the homes in that park and the monthly water bill is then divided by how many homes are in the park. The master meter idea is one that is not nearly as common as an individual meter on the home or the park paying for it within the lot rent payment every month.
In our experience, it is more common in the Sarasota area for parks to include the water bill in the residents’ lot rent and to not divide out among all of the occupied lots within the community what the water bill is.
Water in Sarasota County is not as expensive as other counties in Florida, but it’s certainly not the cheapest!
In our research, we have found that an average two-bed, two-bath mobile home in Sarasota County that has a washing machine on the property has a water bill between $20 to $25 per month.
This cost will vary depending on how much laundry the residents are using, how long of showers they take, how much water they use to water their plants or bushes, and how often they wash their vehicles.
When a park has a master meter, the bills are dispersed to the residents, usually around the first of the month, just like other utility payments, such as electricity.
We believe we will see more parks move towards not including water in the monthly lot rent fee in the future as mobile home parks are increasingly turning that charge of the water bill over to the residents directly.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home buyers and sellers get to a better place in life.