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I can't imagine how frustrating this is. Unfortunately, there are no self-help procedures in Arizona which would allow you to enter the premises to turn the alarm off.
That being said, you state that the previous owner cannot be found. Who is the current owner of the mobile home?
I did not mean previous owner, I meant that the person who lived in the home is no longer there. The management tried calling that person, but the phone no longer works. To be honest, after the quick departure of the tenants, some detectives came by and asked questions about them. They have been out of the building for at least 6 months.
If you were to break into the residence and turn the alarm off, you risk being charged with breaking and entering, or with trespass if you were caught.
That being said, I'm sure it is very tempting to simply somehow get into the home and turn off the alarm. If I were in your shoes I would be tempted to do the same, but I cannot guarantee you that you wouldn't have legal reprocussions result from doing this.
There is no legal method of getting into the property without a court order.
If the management company has a right to enter the property, then they should get a locksmith to come out and open it up. You might suggest this to them (or rather demand that they do it, as you have a right to quiet enjoyment of your property).
The post office has labeled the property "vacant" via a sign posted inside the mailbox which is next to our mailbox. Does this make the management responsible for anything? Is it their job to keep records up-to-date? Do the rights of a "lost" tenant supersede mine? How do we get a court order?
Thanks! A+ Elizabeth