In these North Georgia mobile home parks, a manufactured home valued at $3,500 could cost renters as much as $100,000 with a rent-to-own contract.

Residents endure decaying properties, trash-piled lots and rent-to-own agreements requiring that tenants pay tens of thousands more than the appraised value of their aged trailers. In at least one case, a family purchased a home that was never titled in the name of the seller. These predatory and deceptive practices exploit desperate and vulnerable home-seekers who live paycheck-to-paycheck.

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