Someone loaned me a mobile home to live in while my house is being built. The mobile home is on my property that I own and I am living in it. My house has taken longer than expected and the mobile home owner wants to sell the mobile home to someone else. Can she make me move out of the mobile home even though its on my property? There is no legal documentation....just a verbal agreement that I could live in the mobile home until my house is built.
You can't force someone to continue loaning something to you. Were you even paying this person? If you had a lease for a length of time and were paying on the lease, that might be another story. But if it was just her letting you use her mobile home to be helpful to you, then she got nothing in exchange and there is no contract. She could then sell her property any time she wants regardless of where it is.
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Based on what you said, there is no legally enforceable obligation. Like Ms. Kobrin said, they seem to have given you use of the mobile home out of kindness.
In Louisiana there are different types of obligations but two are important for this discussion: natural obligations and contracts. A natural obligation is where one party owes performance to another, but that performance cannot be legally enforced. Anything that one doesn't otherwise have to do but does anyway, like let a neighbor use a mobile home or pay a debt that has been forgiven, is a natural obligation. There is a moral componant to natural obligations but they are not enforceable if the obligor ceases performance. They only become enforceable when the obligor promises to perform. Your neighbor does not seemed to have promised such.
A contract requires capacity to contract, consent, lawful cause, and lawful object. All the elements in your case meet contract except cause. Cause is the reason a person enters a contract. Your neighbor's cause in this case is gratuitous, not onerous. That means that they essentially gifted you use of the mobile home without expecting anything in return. And since gratuitous contracts are natural obligations, you have no way to enforce any moral right to continue using the mobile home.
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