Intimidation? Are You Being Intimidated?

Intimidation plays a big role in the strategy of some community owners. But why do they do it? Here is the definition of “Intimidation.”
1. To make timid; to fill with fear.2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats.
Intimidation implies the presence or operation of a fear-inspired force.
The synonyms are: brow beat, bull doze, bully, coercion, threatening, demoralizing.
These verbs 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 non-verbal cues to let others know you are not going to
reward any unfaithfulness to what you desire them to do for you.
· Using verbal, physical, sexually or emotionally abusive behaviors to get
people to ‘stay in line.’
· Using physical size, statute and strength to get others to respect and obey
· 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 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 manufactured home communities 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. The management’s goal is then realized.

So what should residents do?
1. 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 it’s one on one with management,
management always wins.
2. Knowledge is Power. Understand your rights. Understand management ‘s
reason for eviction. Know when you are being intimidated.
3. You are first a human being. We are all Americans.
4. Managers can’t take your power. You have to give it to them.

But the first thing to do is start
talking with your neighbors and friends. We also need your support.


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