Also, financing a mobile home park purchase can be difficult. In the early 90s, many buyers put a minimal amount down when purchasing. Today, a potential buyer needs a significant amount of capital to finance the purchase of a mobile home park.
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Many older or rural mobile home parks need a significant overhaul or require a lot of maintenance. For example, some parks lack submetering. Others may have dilapidated sewage or on-site drinking water that needs an upgrade.
Uninhabitable lots also plague older trailer parks. Broken-down mobile homes and damaged utility connections are common reasons lots stand empty. In addition, vacant lots are problematic because they are not earning rent.
Another problem with older mobile home parks is the current tenant base. A particular trend with family-owned mobile parks is that the owner has a history of being too flexible on late rent payments. As a result, a tenant might fall behind on rent or pay rent when they can.
Some family-owned mobile home parks might have an issue with low rents. Since a landlord has a particular rapport with their tenant base, they might feel bad raising rent over time. As a result, rent might stand unchanged over five to ten years, making the park less of an income generator.