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12 On Your Side: Mobile home renters not given as much legal protection

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In many states, mobile homes are considered a vehicle and thus can be repossessed. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 3, 2011)

AIKEN COUNTY -- Residents in an Aiken County mobile home park worry they may soon lose their rental homes. They say two neighbors were forced to move out of Priester Park last week.

Tary Jones, father of two, is worried his home may be next to go even though he pays his rent on time.

"They said they had a handful of trailers more that they are going to come back out and the trailer behind us they are going to get today," Jones said.

News 12 learned the owner of Priester Park passed away in 2009. Records show he paid loans on the mobile homes until his death.

Ronnie Cheathum collects the rent at Priester Park. He told News 12 that as long as residents paid their rent then they wouldn't have to move.

News 12: "Do people like this gentleman need to worry about his home being taken from him?"

Cheathum:: "I'm pretty sure they shouldn't."

News 12: "Pretty sure? that's not definite answer."

Cheathum: "See, I don't own the park."

Marsha Banks and Associates now represent the Priester estate. A lawyer from their office told News 12 that not all the money has been received to the estate.

A hearing concerning the Priester Estate is scheduled for Wednesday.

Renters of mobile homes are not protected as much under the law as those not on wheels. In many states, mobile homes are considered a vehicle and thus can be repossessed.

Renters of homes with foundations are to be given a 90 day notice or allowed to finish their lease if their residence is being foreclosed.


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