If an RVer rents a spot in an RV park but is asked to leave or is evicted, is the park within its rights to make that RVer leave right away? Or, does the renter need to be served papers the same as someone renting a house or apartment would need to be served?
According to Monitor.com of McAllen, TX "The Mission Bell-Trade Winds RV Resort in Mission evicted a Canadian couple just after Christmas for opposing owners' efforts to consolidate activities and services in the two once separate parks."
Apartment renters must be given a certain amount of notice to vacate their apartments under state law. Do RVers who have rented a site on a monthly or seasonal basis deserve the same rights? Or is an RV park more like a hotel where management can ask a rowdy guest to leave at any time? That's what the park owners contend.
People in the Rio Grande Valley are debating this issue. According to the article, "The couple apparently could have stayed without fear of arrest and forced Mission Bell owners to file formal eviction proceedings through a justice of the peace to remove them - even though they, like most Winter Texans, had no formal lease for their lot, legal experts said."
The couple did leave right away after getting most of their money back. They were lucky since some parks specifically state that no money will be refunded if you are evicted.
We don't know what happened to cause the eviction, of course. The park claims the couple was discourteous to other guests and created strife in the park. The three comments about the article at this time seem to side with the RV couple though they apparently weren't interviewed or chose not to comment.
I'm not sure I'd want to stay under those circumstances with so much contention, however that could depend on the availability of another spot at a similar price. Probably this winter it is not an issue. Other years, it could be.
What do you think? Should an owner be permitted to ask a guest to leave immediately if they are causing a disruption or should they have to go through a justice of the peace and serve papers, giving the renter a certain amount of time before they have to relocate? Jaimie Hall Bruzenak