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Manufactured Home Parks Landlord Practices

Many manufactured home owners place their homes on rented sites in manufactured home parks (“mobile home parks”). This differs from conventional home ownership, because the manufactured home owners do not own the land on which their homes are sited. Although they own their homes, they are tenants on the land.

The Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Wisconsin Statutes chapter 704 is Wisconsin’s basic landlord-tenant law. Chapter 704 applies to the rental of manufactured home sites. Chapter 704 does not apply to manufactured home subdivisions or condominiums where homeowners own (not rent) the sites on which their homes are located. For more information, see Consumer Law topic, Landlord-Tenant Practices.

Wisconsin Statutes section 710.15 provides special protection to owners of manufactured homes (“mobile homes”) who rent sites in manufactured home parks (“mobile home parks”):

  • Every rental agreement must be a written lease for a term of at least a year unless the tenant requests a shorter term. A lease must include all park rules and regulations.
  • Every lease must state whether the park has an emergency shelter, and must indicate the location of the shelter.
  • A park operator may not terminate a tenancy or require the removal of a manufactured home solely because of the age of the home.
  • A park operator may not require the removal of a manufactured home solely because the tenant sells it to another person. But the park operator may screen the new owner for tenancy, and may refuse to admit that person as a tenant for any other lawful reason.
  • A park operator may terminate a tenancy only for good cause (the law lists some legitimate reasons).

Unfair Rental Practices

  • The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) regulates unfair and deceptive business practices. DATCP has adopted a rule (ATCP 134) to protect all residential tenants, including tenants renting sites in manufactured home parks (“mobile home parks”). Landlords who violate this rule may be prosecuted, and there is a private remedy for consumers. For more information, see Consumer Law topic, Landlord-Tenant Practices.
  • DATCP has adopted a special rule (ATCP 125) to protect tenants in manufactured home parks (“mobile home” parks). This rule protects tenants who own their own homes but rent sitesfrom park operators. Park operators who violate this rule may be prosecuted, and there is a private remedy for consumers. For more information, see Manufactured Home Parks, Landlord Practices details.