Q: I am being forced to vacate my residence with 3 days notice, no legal document or reason. My mother owns the structure.
Owned a trailer for 12 years in a seasonal RV park. We violated no RV park rules (posted online). I was accused of theft one town away (returned property/misunderstanding) not arrested or charged with any crime. We're being forced to vacate, no eviction notice, no documentation. Is this legal? How can they force me to leave? What if I stay? My mother owns the trailer. She wants to sell. The RV park has rights to deny any sale -and- with their apparent autotomy, it seems they could make my mother responsible for my remaining in the dwelling. They could refuse sale, make her move the structure - she is elderly!
A: I think you should each get your own lawyer. If you (the daughter) have a low income, you may be able to get help from Pine Tree Legal Assistance (they have a great web site: www.ptla.org). Your mother, if she is over 60, should be able to get help from Legal Services for the Elderly (www.mainelse.org; she should call the help line and tell them that it is urgent and she is at risk of losing her housing). I do not think the RV park management or owners should be able to force either or both of you to leave with only 3 days' notice, especially if no park rules were violated and you are current on rent.
A: I would need to know more facts in order to give you a complete answer, but I can tell you that, typically under Maine law, a landlord or owner of property cannot forcibly evict a person from that property against their will without obtaining a court order (which typically requires notice and a hearing).
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