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Posted: 01/04/20 10:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I rented out to own my 5th wheel for someone to live in. They have defaulted on the rent. How do I repossess while they are still living in it?

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Renters have rights. You have to use the laws of your state, county, city to evict them. That likely involves eviction notices and court hearings before law enforcement gets involved. You may be able to collect some of their wages later.

Consider getting help because if the process is not done right then you might have to start over. Your main concern is that they don't do substational damage before leaving.

But see if you can work something out first like helping them move etc as this can be the fastest and least expensive method.

Others will have more information for your state.


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Time to lawyer up so you do it legally. It might not be that easy. Good luck.
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I hope you had a written contract. If not, then they could say they bought it from you or anything else. As above, time for a lawyer! Good luck

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go to your local court house and file for eviction. its a pain, but I,ve done it on rental houses should be no different. I also sued for damage and back rent. got it all just some paper work you don,t need a lawyer learn how to do it yourself . its not hard . my first time I walked up to the counter and told the girl I had no idea how to file she walked me threw it .just forms to fill out.

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P.S I filed wage garnisment and got that too. some renters just desire the whole treatment.

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labonteak wrote:

I rented out to own my 5th wheel for someone to live in. They have defaulted on the rent. How do I repossess while they are still living in it?


You list your location as Washington, I assume the state. Time to get a good property lawyer. It is likely going to cost a bit, you do have the fact they are in default on the agreement which will help. Things to consider, just how much skin do you have left in the game?
Is it almost paid for, do you still have a loan out on it?


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labonteak wrote:

I rented out to own my 5th wheel for someone to live in. They have defaulted on the rent. How do I repossess while they are still living in it?

You did have a contract in writing and filed a lien on title at the beginning . If just let them have the title changed with a verbal promise to pay you, you got problems. She must have been either really good lookin or a relative. [emoticon]
I just went thru getting a Mobil home removed from a piece of property that's part of an inheritance. My late MiL let a family rent lot with only a verbal agreement for their Mobil home. After she passed away they quit paying. Process starts with a letter to vacate, then 30 days latter here you file in Justice of the Peace Court, another 30 days until hearing, then another 30 days for them to vacate and if not another court day to rule for you to be able to evict plus having to pay Constable to be there to " keep the peace ". . Say a prayer that your deadbeat isn't " sick or disabled " as you may never get it back.

* This post was edited 01/05/20 06:15am by sayoung *

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In larger cities some law firms do nothing but landlord/tenant. IMO they are less expensive too. Court filing fee in Los Angeles is about $370 except for high dollar rent. Do you have a written agreement with tenants? Was their credit check ok?


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A lot of assumptions based on few details.

A 5th wheel is not an apartment, house, or even a mobile home. Where is this 5th wheel, on the OP's property or elsewhere? It has a title no different than a car, so eviction procedures may not even apply.

Talk to an attorney, dont ask for answers on an internet forum.

Around here you legally could not rent a 5th wheel to anyone to live in, or live in it yourself, because it would not meet county codes for minimum sq ft for a dwelling, and probably some others.

The OP put himself in a pickle I think.

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