Urbandale, IA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Iowa

Q: Can a landlord make the tenant stain an pre-existing deck prior to owning the a trailer and or Force owned trailer

Got approved to be in the trailer court purchased a trailer on a lot the lot already had a pre-existing deck and swing set and wants to do a walk-through of owned property to demand Force improvements is that allowed if they don't own it or are they allowed also to make me pay to remove and refinish a deck that was priorly there

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In general, a landlord cannot force a tenant to make improvements or modifications to a property that the tenant owns, such as a trailer. If you purchased the trailer and it is your property, the landlord should not have the right to demand that you stain a pre-existing deck or make other changes to your property.

However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:

1. Lot rental agreement: If you are renting the lot on which your trailer is placed, the landlord may have certain requirements or restrictions outlined in the lot rental agreement. Review your agreement carefully to see if there are any provisions related to property maintenance or modifications.

2. Park rules and regulations: Trailer parks often have their own set of rules and regulations that tenants must follow. These rules may include guidelines on property maintenance, aesthetics, and modifications. Check if there are any specific requirements regarding decks or other structures.

3. Local laws and ordinances: Some local governments have laws or ordinances that dictate property maintenance standards. However, these typically apply to the property owner (in this case, you) and not the landlord of the lot.

If the landlord is insisting that you make changes to your property or remove and refinish the pre-existing deck, you should politely remind them that the trailer is your property and that you are not obligated to make such changes. If the situation persists, consider seeking legal advice from a local attorney familiar with landlord-tenant laws and mobile home park regulations in your area.

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