This page provides helpful Information about health and safety in mobile home parks.
Health and Safety: The Park Owner's Obligation
Park owners must keep their parks "safe, clean and fit for human habitation." This includes adequate and reliable utility services, safe water, and sewage disposal.
Health and Safety: Residents' Rights
Did the park owner fail to keep up the park? Do you want the park owner to fix health and safety problems? You must give the park owner notice of the problem. You should do this by sending the park owner a written notice of the problem and ask the park owner to fix the problems.
Did you give the park owner notice of a serious problem? Did the park owner fail to make repairs within a reasonable time? Are the problems seriously affecting your health and safety? You may:
- Withhold payment of your lot rent until the park owner fixes the problem (after park owner has had a reasonable time to fix the problem).
- Get a court order that requires the park owner to make the repairs.
- Sue for damages, costs and reasonable attorneys fees.
- Terminate the lot rental agreement upon reasonable notice.
If you are considering withholding rent, you should talk to a lawyer first if you can.You may be able to get free legal help from Vermont Legal Aid or Legal Services Law Line of Vermont.
Call Vermont Legal Aid at (800) 889-2047 to find out.
For more information and rules about mobile home parks, visit these helpful websites:
- Mobile Home Park Statute and Rules (Department of Housing and Community Development Website)
- CVOEO's Mobile Home Program