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I'm having a bad day. I've been around long enough to know this feeling of hopelessness will pass. Really, it is more helplessness than hopelessness.

I got a letter from the park management company about my request to replace my mobile home with a new one. After dilly-dallying with the papers for several months - since last December - they say they want my driveway paved with concrete and they need additional plans that they already have, or should have. I do not own this space. I am really irritated that they want me to pave their property. It's like telling an apartment dweller to go out and pave her own parking spot. What the hell? Yet I suspect they will be able to force that, that there is enough vague language in the regulations to allow them to demand that.

What this means to me, right now, is that my project is delayed yet again for who knows how long. That's really the hardest part for me. I live in suspense all day every day, never knowing when the dam will finally break and I'll be able to get my new home in place.

I feel inept, incompetent, unable to get this done, and it's such a familiar feeling. How could I imagine, I tell myself, that for once I can have a nice house? Finally? After all these years? How could I imagine that this spell that has ruled my life is finally broken?

I know I won't feel as bad after I've rested on this and figured out how to deal with it. It comes on top of the IRS delaying the refund I have been counting on, too, which is making me seriously edgy. I know that when I have a solid plan and start acting on it I'll be okay. I'm just indulging in some self-pity right now. It isn't a crisis. Just a blip.



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Apr. 6th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
You are frustrated and rightly so. I wonder if there isn't a trailor park that is close by that would be more receptive to improving your home and outside. That should be helping you not hindering you.

Maybe it is time for a lawyer to step in??
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
I can't realistically move to another park. I own this piece of crap I call my home and I have to get rid of it if I am to move out - I do not think I can sell it as is and it is not worth fixing.

So I have to deal with what I have. And yes, I have considered getting some legal advice. I am goign to ask the management where in the regulations they are given the authority to require a tenant to replace an asphalt driveway with concrete. If I think the answer is dodgy I'll bring it to a lawyer and challenge it if that seems to make sense.

I wouldn't mind having a concrete driveway. I'd love it. But I do not think it's my responsibility to put it in.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I agree, I do not think it is your responsibility to pay to have the driveway put in - is there one there now? Why would a new home make a difference for the drive way?
Apr. 6th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's what I want to find out. There may be waffle words in there, in the regulations, that allow them to require this major improvement when a new home goes in. I am writing a letter now to the management company to ask where they get that authority. I'm going to try to be civil.

And yes, there is a driveway there now. Asphalt, which the park has failed to maintain in any way for at least ten years.
Apr. 6th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Well, if there is already one there, why should it need replaced? Who put the first one in? If the owner put it in, he should be required to maintain it, eh?
Good luck with the letter.
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have written the letter. I am going to sit on it a bit before sending it. In case I've said something inappropriate.
Apr. 7th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
Read it over as if it were someone else in the park that has your problem. Be objective - how it is presented is how it will be taken. You can be strong in word without being inappropriate.
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
yes, I know. I am actually quite good at this type writing. And speaking, for that matter. I deal with facts, not assumptions and innuendoes. In here I whine and rail against the world and let my real feelings show, but not in a letter of this type.
Apr. 16th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Judith, I'm sorry you're having to wait and wait like this. I know how long you've been dreaming about your new house...any late word?

Apr. 16th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Hi Jackie! no, no late word. It's been over a week since I sent them a letter responding to theirs and I got nothing. I'm off to LA for few days today, will get back to them when I return. I might have to start calling again. And I really really hate phones.
Apr. 16th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Is moving to another park an option? I suppose not, since you haven't mentioned it.

Gosh. I wish you could just move out here! Sigh.
Apr. 16th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
No, not a realistic option. The problem is that the house I own is a piece of trash and therefore if I take off I have to take it with me. ANd that is very expensive. That's the reason cities can legally impose a type of rent control in mobile home parks - we have fewer options when things go bad.

However, if the park management continues to be difficult I may just bite the bullet and lay out thousands to get out. Thousands I don't have, needless to say.
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