Detroit, MI asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Can a mobile home owner offer sheds to buyers, but not renters? If I want one, I have to pay for the concrete and shed.

The park is paying to put in concrete and sheds for people buying their home, with a small fee added to their lot rent. But if I, a renter, want a shed, I have to pay for the concrete, and the shed. And the shed has to be approved by them. This just seems backwards to me. As I would have to pay for something that would be permanently on THEIR property. They just started doing this a month ago, so there is no mention of it in my lease.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The park can do what it wants with ITS land. And if that means something you don't understand that is still OK.

I can see how the park might think "someone renting is likely to skip out in the middle and leave us a mess to clean up, but a purchaser is in it for the long run so problems are less likely" and that may be what's going on.

Your lease probably DOES have a provision about 'no modifications to the property without landlord approval' so I bet it IS in your lease.

If you're unsure how this impacts you it would be wise to take your lease to a local licensed attorney to review.

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