Help is available to remove abandoned mobile homes

Have an abandoned mobile home on your property? Can’t afford to have it updated or removed? There is help available in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Abandoned mobile homes can be an eyesore, blighting the surrounding area. Abandoned mobile homes often become havens for criminal activities or partying youth. Unfortunately, they can also attract curious children, who can be trapped or injured inside.

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners estimates that there may be as many as 40,000 abandoned mobile homes in the state. Identifying the problems associated with these deserted, dilapidated, and unused mobile homes has been the easy part. Finding a solution has been more challenging. Property owners are oftentimes unable or unsure of how to demolish and dispose of old mobile homes, and few companies specialize in such work. So, once a mobile home is no longer habitable, it is often just left behind to slowly rot away.

In Buncombe County, the property owner can have the mobile home removed by the county, free of charge, with certain restrictions on future development of the property.

According to the Hendersonville Times-News, Henderson County will assist owners with up to $1,000 towards the cost of removal.


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