Sat, Feb 1, 2020, Annual Report Published: Tue, Jan 14, 2020 –HCD helps secure $175,000 settlement for mobilehome owners following fraudulent practices by mobilehome dealer/salesperson.
HCD ensures that licensed mobilehome/manufactured home dealers and salespeople comply with laws and regulations governing licensing, escrows, and sales by educating, investigating complaints and illegal practices, and taking appropriate action against violators, including referrals to agencies that can prosecute.
Consumer complaints alleging violations are investigated by HCD field staff. When a violation is found, HCD issues an order to comply (if the situation can be corrected); and/or issues a citation or files an accusation asking an administrative law judge to revoke or suspend a license and often require the licensee to pay restitution to consumers harmed by the acts. In more serious cases, HCD can request the local district attorney or attorney general to file criminal charges.
This was the case when more than two dozen mobilehome owners in California were sold below-standard homes without notification about the homes’ defects, later resulting in homeowners facing fees and penalties, violation notices, and/ or eviction for not repairing their homes in a timely manner. In addition, many victims never obtained title and ownership of their homes after the sale, while others fought for years before titles were transferred into their names.
HCD’s investigators and legal team thoroughly investigated and prosecuted the case with the assistance of Yolo County governmental offices, including the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza, who helped set up a task force with the Yolo County Sheriff and provided translators for affected homeowners who filed claims.
Following a joint investigation by HCD and Yolo County into the fraudulent practices of a formerly licensed mobilehome dealer/salesperson operating in Davis, Tustin, and Covina, a settlement was reached in which Western Ventures LP, Abraham Arrigotti, and Svetlana Drita Bronkey agreed to pay restitution, with $100,000 distributed to all homeowners who filed claims, reimbursing them for the costs of their homes.
2019 Apr –Department of Housing and Community Development, Yolo County secure settlement funds for California mobile home owners. Former mobile home dealer and salespeople operating in Davis, Tustin, and Covina, California agree to pay reimbursements.
Sacramento – More than two dozen mobile home owners in California will be reimbursed for the costs of their homes thanks to a settlement reached following a joint investigation by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Yolo County into the fraudulent practices of a former licensed mobile home dealer and salesperson in Davis, Tustin, and Covina.
As part of the settlement, Western Ventures LP, Abraham Arrigotti, and Svetlana Drita Bronkey agreed to pay $175,000 in restitution. Most of the money, $100,000, will be distributed to all affected homeowners. The remaining $75,000 will go to reimburse the costs of the investigation and legal costs incurred by HCD.
The affected homeowners were sold below-standard homes without notification about the homes’ defects, later resulting in homeowners facing fees and penalties, violation notices, and/or eviction for not repairing their homes in a timely manner. In addition, many victims never obtained title and ownership of their homes after the sale, while others fought for years before titles were transferred into their names.
Mobile homes and manufactured homes are often the only affordable choice for many Californians, said HCD Director Ben Metcalf. HCD’s authority to hold licensed mobile home dealers and salespeople accountable is part of the bigger picture to ensure every Californian has access to a safe, affordable home.
HCD’s occupational licensing investigators and Legal Affairs Division thoroughly investigated and prosecuted the case with the assistance of Yolo County governmental offices, including the District Attorney's Office and the Office of Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza, who helped set up a task force with the County Sheriff and provided translators for affected homeowners who filed claims.
HCD Press Release
2016 Sep –On Monday, March 19, 2015, Chair D. Ewing of the East Davis County Fire Protection District (EDCFPC) announced that a task force of nine (9) was being formed to investigate the questionable business practices of Sierra Corporate Management.
One year later, on Friday, March 25, 2016, The People of the State of California (Plaintiff) filed a Complaint for Injunction, Civil Penalties, and Other Equitable Relief against Davis Group LP, Sierra Corporate Management Inc, Western Ventures LP, Abraham Arrigotti and DOES 1 through 20 inclusive.
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, The People of the State of California won a Final Judgment and obtained an Injunction against Davis Group LP and Western Ventures LP.
Pursuant to California Business and Professions Code sections 17203 and 17535, Defendants, and all partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, franchisees, contractors, affiliates, employees whose duties include any of the matters covered by the injunctive provisions and their successors and assigns, are permanently enjoined and restrained from directly or indirectly engaging in any of the following acts or practices in or from California:
Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott Companies
2015 Mar –Mobile home parks run by Sierra Corporate Management have become a statewide problem because of highly questionable business practices and management. A task force, including District 4, the District Attorney, Yolo County Housing Authority, Legal Services of Northern California, the CAO, the Assessor, the Sheriff, the State Department of Housing and Community Development, and County Counsel, has been formed at Yolo County to investigate and respond.
The County BOS office is receiving many calls from the residents in the Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park because of hazardous fire conditions, title issues, allegations of fraudulent business practices, and units in ill repair. Most of the residents are low income and do not have extra funds for repairs or charges made by the owners. D. Ewing suggested a possible donation of funds to provide CO detectors to these residents. Provenza will investigate this option and report back at the next meeting.
Chair D. Ewing
2014 Sep –Royal Oaks appears to be a very poorly managed mobile home park. Law abiding residents are at financial and physical risk. This is extremely disturbing, as many low income families reside there. I am working with justice and law enforcement to explore solutions. Based on information that I’ve received over the last several weeks, this week’s raid brings to light just one example of a complex set of issues in Royal Oaks that may well demand a legal remedy.
Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza
2013 Jun –There is a reason why the managers change so often. They have the worst job on the planet. The owners are crooks! I lived there for 5 years. When I moved I sold my mobile home to the owners. I was unable to find a buyer. Legally they have 90 days to transfer ownership and be registered with HCD and the Yolo County Tax collector. It has been 4 years! I am still being charged for property taxes!
2013 Feb –Do not do buy a mobile home or rent an RV space here. Do not do business with Sierra Corporate Management, the company that owns this park. Don't rent from them, don't work for them, if you see their name run screaming in the other direction. They will lie to you and then screw you because you believed the lies. If you must rent anything from them, get everything in writing, signed and dated - and I do mean everything. If it's not signed, dated and in writing, it is a lie and if you believe it, you will get screwed.
2012 Oct –The business practices of the park are still grotesquely unfair (and possibly illegal) to residents who've been around a while and especially for those who need to sell their homes. It seems that the business model is based upon driving people out by escalating individual rents to a absurdly high level and making it impossible for private owners to resell their units. So then the park acquires the mobile homes by default for the cost of a few legal fees. Then they are able to turn around and resell the units for cheap, undercutting private home owners, reinforcing the crooked cycle.
2009 Jan –I sold my coach for 1/3 of what I paid for it, and got out like all of my neighbors did. The park turned into a low life party ghetto, no one with any class wants to live there and the people like myself and some others were forced to put up with terrible management, high rents, and no control over the neighbors. I hated having to leave my home I loved so much, but I just couldn't live with all the abuse I was getting from the neighbors and the management. I just love my new home and am trying to leave the anger in the past.
2007 Nov –I live in a park in Davis, CA where the residents are being driven out by Kort & Scott and Arrigotti. They operate the park so people can't sell or even give away their mobile homes. After they are abandoned the park takes them over. This behavior is illegal but they are getting away with it. No one in Government is interested in enforcing the Mobile Home Residency Laws or health and safety codes. Park management has even made people get rid of children's playground toys in their yards and have taken away handicapped residents parking in front of their house. Difficult to comprehend people this evil but the evidence is obvious.
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