I live in a mobile home park in Washington State and own the mobile just rent the space I have 3 minor children I have been being charged 20 a month extra for each dependant minor child since October 2010 is this legal and how do I recover the fee from the lanlord/owner of the park? Another question is it legal for the owner to shut off the water without given notice since I have lived here they have shut it off 5 times. And when I moved in they were informed of a giant sink hole in back of my mobile and that the sewer was backing up they have repeatedly been informed of this issue and have yet to fix the sink hole and I had to have the sewer problem taken care of myself. What are my rights and how can I recover my costs. The space rent has increased twice now also and just got notice they were increasing it again. Thank you
The rules in mobile home tenancies are different than regular landlord-tenant tenancies. But no one is permitted to discriminate on the basis of family status. If you have kids, you should not be charged extra to house your kids. MHPs can charge for guests, but your kids are not guests they are kids. You should write to the Washington State Human Rights Commission and tell them about the surcharge based on the number of children, they'll investigate.
The landlord can shut off the water to effect repairs for the briefest necessary period. Otherwise, no.
The sewer issue: Look at your contract carefully and see where your obligations begin and the landlord's end. Then figure out where the sewer issue is happening and you should be able to tell if it is your responsibility or theirs. If it is theirs, you have to start with written notice to the landlord of the issue, and keep a copy. Voicemail is useless.
L&I is the agency in charge of inspecting mobile homes; the park likely has a permit for the waste system through the County. You need to let the appropriate official know there is a problem. This is the Building Department (and then, L&I) not the Health Department although it cannot hurt to tell the Health Department too.
Even if you don't have a current written agreement with the park, you have a lease that "rolls over" once a year. So if you are getting your lot rent increased more than once a year, that is not possible. Hope this helps. Elizabeth Powell
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