As a mobile home park tenant, you have a right to decent park conditions. As the owner of your mobile home, however, you have the responsibility to keep your home in decent condition.
1. Owner's Responsibilities
It is a park owner's obligation to keep the park roadways, common areas, and utility and sewer lines up to the mobile home hookup in good condition.34 Common areas include laundry buildings, park meeting buildings, and park lawns and woods. Utility lines are the gas, electric, and water lines.
The owner is also responsible for ultimate disposal of residents' garbage. This may be done by the regular municipal collection system or by any other means approved by the Board of Health.
Each local Board of Health must inspect and license mobile home parks. While the park owner must renew her license with the Board of Health on an annual basis,35 the law requires the Board to inspect conditions in individual parks "from time to time."36 As a practical matter, this means that the local Board is likely to inspect a park only when there are problems. If you have asked your park owner to make repairs and the owner is not keeping up with her obligation to properly maintain the park, you can call the Board of Health and ask for an inspection.
The owner must make available basic utilities, including electricity, water, sewerage, disposal and natural gas (if it is available in the community). Owners must allow access to cable television and may not unreasonably restrict access to satellite TV. It is illegal for a park owner to refuse to provide you with or allow access to these services.37
Retaliation Is Illegal
If the park owner tries to evict you and there are bad conditions on your lot, you can defend against the eviction by making claims for money
2. Tenant's Responsibilities
Because you own your mobile home, you are responsible for keeping it in good condition. Under the state Sanitary Code, tenants are required to keep their homes and yards free of garbage inside and outside, while the park owner has the obligation to keep her land and the park's common areas clean and is responsible for ultimate disposal of all residents’ garbage.39 Tenants can also be required, without charge, to comply with local recycling rules.40
39 . 105 C.M.R. §410.602(B) requires tenants to keep their homes free of rubbish, while 105 C.M.R. §410.602(A) places the obligation for keeping the land free of garbage on the park owner. 105 C.M.R. §410.602(D) makes the park owner responsible for keeping common areas clean, so long as they are not occupied or controlled by one tenant. See also 940 C.M.R. §10.05(7).