I reside in a mobile home park in south Texas, and according to Texas law, Texas Property Code Section 94 effective in 2002, mobile home parks are REQUIRED to have a written rental agreement and/or lease
for their tnants for a minimum period of six months. The Code is also very specific that a "park handbook" of rules is NOT a substitute for a rental agreement or lease.
Not only is our park, (owned by an out-of-state corporation), NOT in compliance with the code section, an informal survey of a dozen mobile home parks in the area revealed than NONE of them are currently following the law.
I have fallen behind on my rent, and in oreder to qualify for ANY rental assistance program, who HAVE TO HAVE A RENTAL AGREEMENT OR LEASE.
In addition, some tenants are on submeters for their utility bill, (approximately 6-7 lots per submeter), so our names are XXXXX XXXXX the utility bill. (We pay the park directly.) This means that we can't get help paying our utilities either because our names aren't on the utility bill.
Can I write "paid uder duress - no rental agreemtn" in the memo portion of the check?
Is there action action we can take, short of going to court?
Can a landlord evict if THERE'S NOT A RENTAL AGREEMENT?