Section 35-12A-13

Rights and obligations of lienholders.

If a lienholder makes a timely response to a notice of abandoned manufactured dwelling, as provided for in Section 35-12A-4, and so requests, a manufactured dwelling community owner shall not sell the manufactured dwelling for a period of 12 months. During this period, or until the manufactured dwelling is removed from the manufactured dwelling community owner's premises, the lienholder must make timely periodic payments of all reasonable and actual storage or rental fees which accrue after the expiration of the 30-day notice period and which shall be no greater than the monthly space rent last payable by the tenant. The lienholder shall have the right to remove or sell the manufactured dwelling, pursuant to the provisions of any agreement with the owner of the dwelling or as otherwise allowed by law. The manufactured dwelling community owner may condition approval for occupancy of any purchaser of the manufactured dwelling upon payment of all storage charges and maintenance costs which accrued after the expiration of the 30-day notice period or verification that the new tenant qualifies for rental consistent with the rental criteria in existence at the time of execution of the manufactured dwelling community owner's rental agreement. If the lienholder fails to respond to the notice of abandoned manufactured dwelling within 45 days of receipt, or after making a response, fails after 10 days' written notice from the manufactured dwelling community owner, to make timely payments, the manufactured dwelling community owner may proceed to sell the manufactured dwelling pursuant to Section 35-12A-8. If the lienholder responds to the 30-day notice, and requests that the manufactured dwelling community owner not sell or dispose of the manufactured dwelling, the lienholder shall be obligated to pay the manufactured dwelling community owner the storage or rental fees which accrue beginning after the expiration of the 30-day notice period until the expiration of the 12-month period or the date the manufactured dwelling is removed from the premises or sold pursuant to Section 35-12A-8, whichever is earlier, plus the manufactured dwelling community owner's reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred in enforcing this obligation of the lienholder. The provisions of this section may be changed by agreement signed by the manufactured dwelling community owner and lienholder.

(Act 2003-516, 2nd Sp. Sess., p. 1537, §1; Act 2014-167, p. 475, §1.)