Each state has a separate definition of what equals a floating home, but the most common definition is a floating structure that is:
Floating homes are slightly different from a normal home because, while you own the floating home, you must usually still pay rent to a floating home marina for the berth or dock the floating home is tied up at.
A floating home marina is where floating homes are grouped together. They are generally privately owned, and can only operate in specific areas that have been zoned for their use by the government. The owners of a floating home marina act much like a traditional landlord and are generally referred to as managers.
Because the floating home marina management does not own the floating home but still collects rent, the floating home homeowner has rights similar to, but slightly different from a traditional tenant. These rights exist even if the lease between the homeowner and marina management does not address them because many states have passed specific laws to address the issue of floating home residencies. A floating home homeowner has the right to:
Remember, just because the tenancy is destroyed, that does not mean that the floating home homeowner losses their floating home. It only means their rights involved in renting a berth or dock from the floating home marina are gone.
If you think your rights as a floating home homeowner are being violated, or your tenancy is being unjustly destroyed, it is highly recommended for you to contact a real estate or landlord and tenant lawyer. If you are planning on entering a rental agreement regarding a floating home, it is also recommended for you to contact a real estate or landlord and tenant lawyer.
Last Modified: 10-23-2012 03:13 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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