Have you ever wondered who handles the monthly lot rent collection?
Curious about who is the one in the mobile home park who makes sure all the rules are followed?
How about who is the person who oversees the mobile home park approval process?
Wondering if this is the same person.
Yes, it is!
Within the greater Sarasota Florida area mobile home parks usually have a manager that oversees all of these tasks and then some.
When looking at learning exactly who the mobile home park manager is and what they do it is highly suggested to understand that the mobile home park manager is the “gatekeeper” if you will of the entire mobile home park.
Most mobile home park managers within the Sarasota Florida area are ones who have set hours of work where they are in the park office tending to the day-to-day tasks of running and operating a mobile home park.
Generally speaking, the mobile home park managers usually live on-site within the mobile home park. If they do not live physically within the park then they certainly live in the same general area of the park itself.
These managers report directly to the park owner if the park is a smaller one or if it is a larger corporation that owns the mobile home park usually these managers will report to the Regional Park Manager for the area.
While it may sound like mobile home park managers have an easy job, this is simply not the case. Most managers only get spoken to when there is an issue such as if there is a resident who is not taking care of their property a noise issue or even a maintenance issue that has to do with the public areas of the park.
As you can clearly see this quickly becomes a thankless job.
When looking at residing in a mobile home park it is important to realize that these managers have a difficult and, oftentimes, very unrewarding position within the mobile home park and to make sure you give them an ample amount of time to respond to your questions or your park approval status.
What Do Mobile Home Parks Managers Do?
A mobile home park manager has a wide variety of duties related to the park, its residents, and potential residents. They regularly meet with residents to receive their lot rent payments and often go to residents’ homes to collect (or follow up on) late payments.
Mobile home park managers sometimes show available units to those interested in moving to the community; the units they show are sometimes model homes, and they are sometimes actual homes that are currently available. While they often have an on-site office, a mobile home park manager regularly works in the park, dealing with resident issues, addressing disputes that arise between residents, and investigating reported problems within the community. These problems can be wide-ranging, from trees falling down to snow removal to inspecting units for safety. The manager may perform repairs or maintenance duties themselves, assign them to a staff member, or contract them out as necessary.
These managers also regularly interact with maintenance workers, utility companies, and other businesses necessary for the park’s operation and any needed repairs. For large mobile home parks that require more than one park manager, a shifting schedule is often required of these managers, based on specific needs at the park and any emergency situations that must be immediately addressed. Mobile home park managers who live on-site (which is common) are generally on-call 24 hours a day.
Educational requirements vary by employer. Previous experience in a related position is typically required; often, these managers are former park maintenance workers who have been promoted. Repair skills are often needed in this position, as well as excellent communication skills.
How to Become a Mobile Home Park Manager
There are no educational requirements to become a mobile home park manager, but most positions need relevant work experience.
To become a mobile home park manager, you must be willing to live in the mobile park, pass a background check, and have some customer service experience.
Park owners seek reliable people who can work well with many different types of residents, address their needs, and collect land rent and deposits. Basic bookkeeping and excellent communication skills are essential. Good mobile home park managers ensure the mobile park is clean and organized
Special Skills Needed from Mobile Home Managers
Let’s find out what skills a mobile home park manager actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.
- The most common hard skill for a mobile home park manager is eviction. 19.1% of mobile home park managers have this skill on their resume.
- The second most common hard skill for a mobile home park manager is bank deposits appearing on 16.6% of resumes. The third most common is background checks on 13.5% of resumes.
- The third common soft skills for a mobile home park manager are communication skills, customer service skills, and interpersonal skills.
Most parks have one manager, if they are large enough this one manager will have an assistant but that is rarely the case. With all of these job duties required by the manager, it can be an overwhelming position but one that needs to be staffed in order to make sure the park runs as well as possible.
If you are looking at moving into a mobile home park within the greater Sarasota Florida area we highly suggest you learn who the park manager is and introduce yourself to them the next time you see them in the office!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.