Pinehurst, ID asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Idaho

Q: I owned a manufactured home but rented space what can I do if ex landlord did repairs, listed my home for sale, and sold

My home for 75000 with it still in my name. Prior to this I had it sold until landlord interfered and realtor eventually had to pull away because of his interface and she became scared of him and I have emails stating this. What can I do ? Cuz no one in my small town will help me.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: Let me make sure I understand your facts:

1. You owned a manufactured home and leased the land underneath it?

2. You offered to sell your M home but the ex landlord interfered with the sale of it and now the realtor you had won't list your property because she is now afraid of the ex landlord?

Number 1: a mobile or manufactured home, is NOT considered "real property." Real property is land and permanently affixed, structures on it. If this HAD been real property and your landlord interfered with your sale of it, you would have a cause of action for "tortious interference" and you would have the right to sue her. However, it's easier to understand if, instead of "manufactured home," we call it a car. Now, it's much easier to understand what your rights are after someone ruins your sale of your car to another buyer. Nothing. It happens ALL the time, not just in small towns.

Number 2: why would you allow the ex landlord to do repairs? If we consider it a "car," like before, it's easier to understand your rights, when someone does repairs on YOUR car and then sells it to someone else, cheating you out of the proceeds from the sale. THIS is actionable by you, and it's called theft. IF you had some way to prove that the manufactured home is YOUR'S, then the landlord had NO right to sell it, period. That is, unless YOU gave the landlord the right to own the M home, if they did repairs say, and say you didn't reimburse her for the value of her repairs. I don't know the answer to this, you're going to need to write here again and let us know what your lease agreement said.

Good luck my friend!

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