Intimidation plays a big role in the strategy of some park owners. Why intimidation? Take a look at it’s definition:
- To make timid; to fill with fear.
- To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats.
Intimidate implies the presence or operation of a fear-inspiring force.
Synonyms: browbeat, bulldoze, bully, coercion, threatening, demoralizing,
These verbs all mean to frighten into submission, compliance, or acquiescence. Intimidation is:
- Threatening to use power or control to get others to do what you want them to do.
- Using coercion or force to get what you want from others. Making others feel like you are more powerful or forceful than what you really are.
- Wearing a mask of being “untouchable” so that people keep an emotional distance from you and yet do for you what you desire.
- Using verbal and nonverbal cues to let others know you are not going to reward any unfaithfulness to what you desire them to do for you.
- Using verbally, physically, sexually, or emotionally abusive behaviors to get people to “stay in line.”
- Using physical size, stature, and strength to get others to respect and obey you.
- Using punishments such as seven day notices, or threats of eviction. Using quick temper, anger, or rage to get people to do what you want.
- Acting in such a way that no one would dare question or stand up to you over any of your decisions, opinions, or directives.
- Using your money, wealth, or status to put others into their place so that your power over them is secured and not questioned.
- Keeping others loyal to you by threats of pulling back your support, love, caring, interest, or approval of them.
Using dictatorial, “gestapo,” or autocratic behaviors to get people to do what you want.
————————————————————The affects of intimidation of residents in mobilehome parks are obvious. Residents are afraid. They are afraid of making the manager upset, afraid of retaliation, and ultimately afraid of being evicted. They don’t dare question what management says or does. They don’t dare “make waves.” They try to live “under management’s radar.” In essence, they submit to the will of management. Management’s goal is realized!
So what should residents do?
- Don’t go it alone. Management wins as long as you go it alone – remember the saying: “divide and conquer?”
That’s exactly the strategy of management. As long as its one vs one with management, management always wins.
- Knowledge is Power. Understand your rights. Understand the seven reasons for management to evict you. And know when you are being intimidated.
- You are first a human being. We are all Americans, living in America, the land of the free.
- Managers can’t take your power, you have to give it to them. So DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR POWER.
- We will support you in your park. But the first thing to do is start talking with your neighbors and friends. Form a small group, meet in someone’s home. Get a HOA started. Take back your park!