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Landlord-Tenant Issues for Manufactured Home Residents

Landlord-Tenant Issues for Manufactured Home Residents

The Division of Industrial Compliance regularly receives landlord/tenant questions or complaints (e.g., water bills, evictions, rent increases) from manufactured home residents who live in manufactured home parks or who rent on private property.

Generally, landlord/tenant matters are outside DIC’s authority and not something DIC has jurisdiction to investigate. While DIC may not be able to be involved, there are statutes in the Manufactured Home Program laws (Chapter 4781 of the Ohio Revised Code) that set forth certain rights and obligations between manufactured home park operators and park residents.

Know Your Rights

  • O.R.C. 4781.36
    • Whistleblower protection/anti-retaliation
  • O.R.C. 4781.37 and 4781.49
    • Eviction rights and obligations
  • O.R.C. 4781.38
    • Manufactured home park operator obligations
  • O.R.C. 4781.40, 4781.47, and 4781.51
    • Rental agreement requirements
    • Park closing notification requirements
    • Requirements for when a manufactured home park operator may charge fees and increase fees
    • Prohibited actions or requirements of a manufactured home park operator O.R.C. 4781.41
    • Remedies for residents when a manufactured home park operator has failed to comply with an obligation (e.g., rent escrow)
  • O.R.C. 4781.50
    • Requirements for how manufactured home park operators must handle security deposits


Any rights or remedies afforded by the landlord-tenant statutes in the MHP laws must be pursued through private means (possibly through the legal system with the assistance of an attorney). If a manufactured home resident has any questions regarding landlord/tenant laws, whether they are within the MHP codes or in other statutes/rules that impact landlord/tenant relationships (like Chapters 1923 and 5321 of the Ohio Revised Code), residents will need to consult a private attorney or their local legal aid organization, as DIC cannot provide legal advice or represent residents in any type of action.

If looking for a private attorney, parties can check the lists of lawyer referral services on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s website and the Ohio State Bar Association’s website.

Six legal aid organizations in Ohio are:

  • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality/Legal Aid of Western Ohio 
    • Serving Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Logan, Lucas, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot counties
  • Community Legal Aid
    • Serving Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne counties
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
    • Serving Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain counties
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
    • Serving Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Marrow, and Union counties
  • Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
    • Serving Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren counties
  • Southeastern Ohio Legal Services
    • Serving Adams, Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington counties

DIC is not affiliated with any of the legal aid organizations and cannot answer any questions about them. Residents will need to go to the legal aid organizations’ websites to find out about the organizations’ eligibility requirements, coverage area, and contact information.