Just Get Denied For Residency At A Sarasota Mobile Home Park?

When looking to purchase a mobile home that is located on leased land in the Sarasota Florida area one will have to go through the park approval process to make sure they are approved to become a resident in the park they are looking to live in.

While deciding on the perfect Sarasota Florida mobile home to purchase is the fun and exciting part, one needs to make sure all of their ducks are set in a row prior to putting money down on the property and calling the moving trucks.

Most of the time, many Buyers will focus on the funding of the purchase, will they have enough money to purchase their mobile home in cash or will they need to seek some type of outside financing for the purchase?

While we, here at The Mobile Home Dealer, can certainly appreciate the focus on funding, we take a different route in focusing on the Buyer becoming park-approved prior to putting a focus on funding the purchase.

But, why would we focus on park approval and not on funding?

If you are planning to buy a mobile home in the Sarasota Florida area, it is important to understand everything about mobile home parks.

Most mobile home parks in the Sarasota area will have a straightforward way of going through their approval process for each new resident who wants to move into the park. Most parks will require a written application to be completed along with copies of the applicant(s) photo identification, social security number, and a small fee for each applicant on the park application.

The park will usually check three things on each applicant:

  • Credit Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Eviction History Check

Each park is specific in how heavy they weigh each item listed above but, generally speaking, the park takes all of them into consideration in order to make a decision as to whether the applicant will be accepted in the park for residency.

So, what happens if you fill out the application and provide the fee needed to run your background only for you to be told that you are denied moving forward with your residency with the park?

Now what?

The applicant has the right to discuss their denial with the park owner or manager to see what the problem is and to see if an exception will be made. Most mobile home parks have a standard number system they go by for credit. If this is a concern for you then you may want to provide documentation to the office when you drop off the application that will help further explain why your credit score may be a little lower than what you want.

If your criminal background is a concern then, again, it would be a good idea to bring this up to the manager or owner before they run your background so they are not surprised should you have something in your past that will put you in a less than favorable light.

Most mobile home park managers and owners are understanding of an applicant’s past so long as they are upfront with what has happened and are willing to explain or provide documentation that shows why certain things have come up the way they have.

What we at The Mobile Home Dealer have seen in the past is that most parks take all items into consideration in order to make a decision as to whether to approve or deny the applicant from the park for residency.

If you are denied and seek to find out exactly why then perhaps you will be able to work on the reason for denial right away so that you can reapply to the park and be accepted the second time around.

Before making any purchase offers to a mobile home seller, make sure to speak with the park manager and understand the park’s application process and approval criteria. Is the park easy or strict?

It is certainly not uncommon for mobile home park managers to deny certain applicants that do not pass the park’s criminal, eviction, employment, income, pet, and/or credit background.

If your application is turned down or denied it is important to try to figure out why and how you could improve this process moving forward. Learn exactly what the park manager is looking for in a future resident. 

Some managers will be helpful and suggest that the potential buyer obtain a cosigner or pay a higher-than-normal security deposit in order to get approved.

When looking to purchase a mobile home in a mobile home park within the Sarasota area always make sure you look to get park approved prior to closing on the home. The reason for this is that if you buy the home and then go through the park approval process and for some reason you are denied then now you own a home that you can not legally live in!

The Mobile Home Dealer are licensed mobile home brokers in Sarasota Florida and the surrounding areas. We provide professional buy and/or sell assistance to our clients. If you have any questions, please contact us by clicking this link. You may also visit our Facebook Page and send us a message.

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

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