proceeding, the mobile home park owner or operator has notified all known holders of liens against the manufactured home, manufactured home owners, and manufactured home residents to the last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested. The notice shall also be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last person who paid the mobile home privilege tax on the mobile home as shown on the records of the county treasurer of the county where the mobile home is located. Before commencing a proceeding under this Act, the mobile home park owner or operator shall cause a search to be done to determine whether there are any lienholders with an existing interest in the manufactured home. The notice shall include a description of the manufactured home and its location, and that proceedings will be initiated by the mobile home park owner or operator under this Section for the removal and disposal of the manufactured home. The notice shall also describe the procedure for the manufactured home owner or manufactured home resident to retrieve any household goods or other personal property in the manufactured home before the conclusion of proceedings under this Section.
(c) A proceeding under this Act shall be commenced by filing a complaint naming as defendants all known holders of liens against the manufactured home, manufactured home owners, and manufactured home residents. The complaint shall comply with the requirements of a complaint under the Code of Civil Procedure. The summons shall state that if the defendant fails to answer and establish any defense that he or she may have, then he or she may be precluded from asserting such defense or the claim on which it is based in any other proceeding or action, that a final judgment may be entered if the court finds that the plaintiff has made the requisite showing, and that the result of that final judgment shall be the loss of the manufactured home resident's home. Service of the summons and complaint, return of process, and filing of an answer or other responsive pleading shall conform to the requirements of the Code of Civil Procedure and Supreme Court Rules.
(d) Upon the entry of a judgment that a manufactured home has been abandoned, the mobile home park owner or operator shall execute the judgment and cause the removal of the manufactured home from the mobile home park within 30 days after delivery of the judgment.
(e) The judgment shall clearly recite that a declaration of abandonment has been granted and that the manufactured home will be removed from the mobile home park no later than the 30th day after the delivery of the judgment unless an alternate disposition is ordered under subsection (f).
(f) As used in this subsection, "diligent inquiry" means sending a notice by certified mail to the last known address.
In lieu of ordering the removal of a manufactured home, the court may, upon good cause shown, provide for an alternate disposition of the manufactured home, including, but not limited to, sale, assignment of title, or destruction. When a manufactured home is disposed of under this Section through a sale of the manufactured home, the mobile home park owner or operator shall, after payment of all outstanding rent, fees, costs, and expenses to the community, and payment in priority order to lienholders, including providers of any utility services, pay any remaining balance to the title holder of the manufactured home. If the title holder cannot be found through diligent inquiry after 90 days, then the funds shall be forfeited.
(g) If any household goods or other personal property of the defendant remain in the manufactured home at the conclusion of proceedings under this Act, then the mobile home park owner or operator shall provide for the storage of the household goods and personal property for a period of not less than 30 days after the date of the final judgment of the court providing for the disposition of the manufactured home. If the household goods or other personal property are stored in a self-storage facility, then an amount equal to the charges imposed for such storage may be recovered from the defendant. Upon the expiration of such period, the mobile home park owner or operator: (1) has no further liability for the storage or safekeeping of such household goods or personal property; and (2) may provide for the destruction or other disposition of such household goods or personal property. At least 20 days before removing any household goods or other personal property of the defendant that remains in the manufactured home at the conclusion of proceedings under this Act, the mobile home park owner or operator shall send all known manufactured home owners and manufactured home residents written notice to the last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested. The notice shall include a description of the procedures, deadlines, and costs for the retrieval of items being stored in accordance with this subsection (g).
(Source: P.A. 100-1083, eff. 1-1-19