Why Are Sarasota Florida Mobile Home Rentals Hard To Find?

We hear it all the time at The Mobile Home Dealer, “where are all the good Sarasota Florida mobile home rentals?”

Sarasota Florida has been quickly rising on the desirable list of places to live over recent years.

This is no surprise to all of us locals who have called this beautiful city home for years on end.

With no state income taxes, great weather all year round, and some of the best beaches in the country within a stone’s throw it is a no-brainer why so many people love calling this area of the country home!

Sarasota mobile home
Sarasota mobile home

Although real estate prices continue to rise without an end in near sight we do have several apartment complexes that are continuing to be built in order to meet the demand of new Floridians moving to the Sarasota area. This rise in new construction still does not appear to be keeping up with the need for housing.

Here lies the need for more affordable housing.

Enter the world of mobile homes!

The weather is starting to warm up here in the greater Sarasota Florida area, before you know it the dog days of summer will be here when everyone is looking for a cool place to be during the hot hours of the summer afternoon.

With the change in weather, we also see a large change in the population of the Sarasota Florida mobile home market, mainly, fewer snowbirds are around right now and by this time next month, we expect to see only us “locals” around enduring the hot months here in Sarasota.

If you are a seasonal Sarasota Florida mobile home visitor you may want to look at renting a mobile home for a few months to make your stay enjoyable and stress-free.

Mobile home parks are plentiful throughout Sarasota and surrounding areas with over 400 mobile home parks in Sarasota County alone!

Many new Floridians are looking for a place to stay for a shorter period of time before they look at purchasing their final home and setting up roots in the Sunshine State.

Many of these folks see the mobile home parks and like the idea that they can live in their own home with parking that is right next to their front door, a small yard, and the amenities that many of the local mobile home parks are known for all of which are at a fingers length for them home.

Lots of people are moving to Florida every year to enjoy the all-year-round warm weather. Most of these people are from the Northern part of the United States and Canada. People who are migrating from cooler winter climates and going South are called snowbirds. But aside from snowbirds which account for the majority of the visitors, there are also people from other states who move here due to different reasons like jobs, affordability, family, and holiday vacations. 

We work with several folks on a daily basis who are looking to relocate down to the Sunshine State and buy their own piece of paradise but are unsure of if they should go ahead and buy a mobile home right when they get down here or if they should rent first to get a better understanding of the area before they actually put roots down.

So, then, with all of these mobile home parks, why is it becoming harder and harder to find mobile homes that are for rent?

The reason for this is that many Sarasota Florida mobile home parks require each home to be owner-occupied. What this means is that whoever is on the title needs to be one or one of the people who reside full-time.

Sarasota mobile home
Sarasota mobile home

The reason why many parks require this is to prevent a mobile home park from becoming transient in nature with nightly or weekly rentals.

The parks that do allow rentals will usually require a set amount of time per renter, most commonly four to six months.

Some parks in and around the Sarasota Florida area do not allow the homes that are within the park to be rented whatsoever. The reason for this restriction many times is because the park owner or manager believes that if they have rentals it will turn into a huge hotel with tons of homes being rented for one or two nights at a time which could lead to a very transient or unsafe feeling within the park for other residents.

Even though this may or may not be the case in reality, this is the perception that some park managers have with allowing rentals in their park.

Some homeowners will not follow these rules and still look to rent their homes which could lead to a huge issue for both you and the owner of the home down the road. 

The parks that allow this will require the renter to become park approved just like all of the residents who reside in the park are.

The reason for the renter needing to be approved is so that all of the folks who are living in the mobile home park for any length of time are all held to the same standards when moving into the mobile home park.

Although there are several mobile home parks within the Sarasota area that do offer rentals more and more of these parks are now requiring the renter to rent the home for a certain period of time.

When looking at renting a mobile home within the Sarasota Florida area we highly stress for you to always be on the lookout for how long the park will require you to rent so that if you are looking for a shorter-term rental you are not setting yourself up for a longer unintended stay!

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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