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Mon, Oct 31, 2016 Updates – Residents in an El Cajon neighborhood are just finding out their homes have been sitting above a shallow, toxic plume for more than half a century.

Even after all this time, no one knows whether trichloroethylene and other chemical vapors have seeped up from tainted groundwater and entered homes through cracks in concrete. There has been no testing.

Now that is changing. In the last few days some residents of the Starlight Mobile Home Park on East Bradley Avenue have received visits from state officials offering to test the air in their homes. The state will also test the air outside.

For Anne Beams, a former Department of Defense teacher who has lived at Starlight since the 1980s, the developments come as a surprise.

‘No one at the park ever brought it to our attention,’ she said. Until this week, she was unaware of the plume. It’s a legacy of a 20th century aerospace manufacturing plant that once operated several hundred feet away.

‘Doesn’t it sound as though they were very slow in making those of us in Starlight aware of what could be happening to us all these years?’ she said of state authorities.

New Interactive Map of Toxic TCE Plume

Several residents asked a reporter about the location of the groundwater. But there is no easily accessible map online, let alone one that is interactive. inewsource made one, based on a map provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Starlight Mobile Home Park inewsource
Starlight Mobile Home Park inewsource

Sun, Oct 23, 2016 – On Thu, Oct 20, 2016, an article was published in inewsource regarding a toxic plume of TCE (Trichloroethylene) reaching beneath mobile homes. The article mentions a mobile home park in El Cajon, California but no specifics are provided.

The MHPHOA investigated further and it appears that two (2) Kort & Scott owned mobile home parks are affected; Starlight Mobile Home Park and Greenfield Mobile Home Estates. Both mobile home parks have mobile homes that are within the 1,000 μg/liter contour. No action and little testing have taken place there – until now. Here are some key snippets from the article…

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a notification Thursday, October 6, 2016 after a contractor tested soil there and found TCE levels that left no doubt further testing should be done.

We collected data near the mobile homes along the property boundary and concentrations were detected at 5 feet below ground surface that are at level that may result in what we consider a significant risk to residents,” said Shahir Haddad, a supervising engineer for DTSC.

Several people at the mobile park said they’ve not been told that the plume runs under their homes. Most did not want to give their names.

Residents at the mobile park will be told of the testing results. The county water board is arranging a location and time, the agency’s Sean McClain said in an email.

Starlight Mobile Home Park inewsource

Mon, Oct 31, 2016 – DO NOT SIGN a Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG) dba Sierra Corporate Management (SCM) Lease Agreement until you have sought professional and/or legal advice. The MHPHOA believe the long-term lease agreements being offered by Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG) dba Sierra Corporate Management (SCM) are Unconscionable Contracts aka Unlawful Contracts. These leases are overly harsh, unduly oppressive, unreasonably favorable and so one-sided as to shock the public conscience.

The MHPHOA have not been able to locate an example of a Residential Lease Agreement that compares to the KSFG/SCM Mobile Home Park Lease Agreement. In fact, all of our research regarding the KSFG/SCM leases leads to commercial grade contracts referred to as NN (Double Net) or NNN (Triple Net) Leases. The NNN lease, often just called the “Triple Net Lease” is a popular lease structure in commercial real estate.

§798.19 No Waiver of Chapter 2.5 Rights

No rental agreement for a mobilehome shall contain a provision by which the homeowner waives his or her rights under the provisions of Articles 1 to 8, inclusive, of this chapter. Any such waiver shall be deemed contrary to public policy and void.
2016 California MRL

700+ Mobile Homes Being Tracked in KSFG Mobile Home Parks

Sun, Oct 30, 2016 – We are currently tracking 700+ mobiles homes in the KSFG/SCM inventory. We have acquired sales information for the KSFG/SCM mobile home parks and will post additional data once vetted.

BHPH 1/3 Evict 2/3 Auction 3/3 Sell Turnover

Note: 3 Step Process – Step 1: Eviction, Step 2: Auction, Step 3: For Sale

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 – 2017 California Mobilehome Residency Law Handbooks are now available.

From the Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities:

Division 2, Part 2, Chap. 2.5 of the Civil Code. The Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) is the “landlord-tenant law” for mobilehome parks, which, like landlord-tenant law and other Civil Code provisions, are enforced in a court of law. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) does not have authority to enforce violations of the MRL.
Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities

From the 2017 MRL Introduction:

For the 2017 edition, there is one new amendment to the Mobilehome Residency Law (see 798.15). The FAQs section has been expanded to include three new questions: the role of county adult protective services (#32.1); an explanation of the difference between trained service dogs and emotional support animals (#35.1); and the legal procedure for sales of abandoned mobilehomes (#63.1). The Index has been expanded, revised and enlarged.

2017 California Mobilehome Residency Law

2017 California MRL

  • File Type: PDF
  • Pages: 132
  • Size: 1.5MB

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 – On Tue, Oct 4, 2016, Ricky Flandez, the new Controller for Sierra Corporate Management, registered two (2) new Kort & Scott DBAs; Sepulveda Apartments GP LLC and Sepulveda Apts Limited Partnership. Online records indicate that Sierra Corporate Management is managing the property named “6940 Sepulveda Apartment Homes” located at 6940 Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, California 91405. This appears to have been an NNN 1031 Exchange.

Screenshot of 6940 Sepulveda Apartment Homes
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  • Website: 6940 Sepulveda
  • ApartmentGuide: Sierra Corporate Management Apartments for Rent

Fri, Oct 28, 2016 Updates – Here are 746 names, a small percentage of “human lives”, NOT chattel, that have been the victims of Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG) DBAs and Sierra Corporate Management (SCM) eviction proceedings in the California Civil Courts.

Sierra Corporate Management Being Sued for Fraud

Thu, Oct 27, 2016 – On Wed, Oct 5, 2016, a Civil Lawsuit was filed by a mobile home owner against two (2) Kort & Scott Companies; Continental MHP Associates LP, dba Continental Mobile Home Park and Sierra Corporate Management Inc. The MHPHOA will continue to monitor the progress of this lawsuit and will provide updates when they become available.

  • 2016-10-05 – Civil Lawsuit Filed by Resident
  • Case Number: 30-2016-00879101
  • Plaintiff vs. Continental MHP Associates LP, dba Continental Mobile Home Park, Sierra Corporate Management Inc, DOES 1 through 25

Complaint Summary

  1. Violation of Mobilehome Residency Law
  2. Fraud
  3. Conversion
  4. Unfair Competition

Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott Companies

Case Number: 30-2016-00879101-CU-FR-CJC

Thu, Oct 27, 2016 – Sierra Corporate Management CANNOT threaten to report you to the Immigration Authorities or other law enforcement, nor make any other threat to intimidate and/or evict you. Civil Code §1940.2 (a) prohibits that, and makes Sierra Corporate Management liable for $2,000 for each such attempt, in addition to your actual losses. (Penal Code 518).

518. Extortion is the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, or the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right.

519 (5). Fear, such as will constitute extortion, may be induced by a threat of any of the following: To report his, her, or their immigration status or suspected immigration status.

520. Every person who extorts any money or other property from another, under circumstances not amounting to robbery or carjacking, by means of force, or any threat, such as is mentioned in Section 519, shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, three or four years.
Penal Code Section 518-527

Wed, Oct 26, 2016 – Senior mobile home owners involved in civil lawsuits often wonder how long it will take for their case to proceed to trial. In California, severe budget cuts have resulted in significant reductions in personnel, overworked judges, and delayed trial dates. It is not uncommon for a straightforward civil case to take 2-3 years from the time of filing of the complaint to the time of trial.

California legislature provides protection to some parties, giving them preference to have their case tried sooner, within as little as 120 days. Trial preference is generally available to seniors over the age of 70 who are facing serious health issues and to minors under the age 14 in personal injury and wrongful death cases, we will focus on the seniors.

Tue, Oct 25, 2016 – On Wed, Oct 19, 2016, Kort & Scott filed two (2) new DBAs; Veranda Associates LP and Veranda GP LLC. These types of DBA filings usually precede a mobile home park purchase. We cannot locate any publicly available information regarding a Veranda Mobile Home Park. If anyone is aware of a Veranda Mobile Home Park that is for sale or, it may have sold already, please contact the MHPHOA with more information.

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 Update – These new DBAs may not be related to a mobile home park purchase. On Tue, Oct 4, 2016, Ricky Flandez, the new Controller for Sierra Corporate Management, registered two (2) new Kort & Scott DBAs for apartments; Sepulveda Apartments GP LLC and Sepulveda Apts Limited Partnership.

Mon, Oct 24, 2016 – Sierra Corporate Management Onsite Community Manager Review: 2016 Mar – I am a calm and a peaceful person. I love all my jobs and give 100%. This company wanted to teach me how to do illegal sales. I told them that let's fix the homes and then sell them but this statement offended them and I ended up being the bad employee. Legally we are supposed to have a Property Manager, Assistant Manager and a full time Maintenance person. Instead, I was the only Property Manager there and we had a part time porter (not maintenance). As me being a great employee, I continued working there and doing 3 person's jobs all by myself. I know I was learning and, learning is the key to success. I will find a better job and be successful as I am a hard worker and a leader.
Onsite Community Manager (Former Employee)

Sat, Oct 22, 2016 Updates – Legal Definition of Breach: An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct. Synonyms: Violation, Infringement, Infraction, Neglect

We have studied ten (10) past and current lawsuits filed against multiple Kort & Scott companies operating mobile home parks in California. We have extracted most of the alleged complaints and breaches, including most of the Civil Codes referenced in the lawsuits. We have found the majority of these Civil Codes repeated in the various lawsuits, they are common complaints by the mobile home owners/residents in KSFG owned mobile home parks.

Our goal is to build a “Copy Ctrl+C and Paste Ctrl+V” repository of all the Civil Codes that the KSFG DBAs are breaching. You can use this information to your advantage when working with legal counsel and/or other concerned entities. We will continually update this section as new information becomes available.

Kort & Scott Sell Tarzana Professional Center for $32.0MM

Fri, Oct 21, 2016 – On Wed, Jan 28, 2015, Kort & Scott Financial Group dba Sierra Corporate Management purchased the Tarzana Professional Center located at 18401-18455 Burbank Boulevard, Tarzana, California 91356 for $28.7MM.

There were three (3) KSFG DBAs involved with this property purchase; Tarzana Associates LP, Tarzana Exchange LLC and Tarzana GP LLC. The Registered Agent for the DBA Filings was Abraham Arrigotti, then President of Sierra Corporate Management.

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016, Kort & Scott Financial Group sold the Tarzana Professional Center for $32.0MM.

Tarzana Professional Center Sells for $32 Million

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 – The Tarzana Professional Center has changed hands for $32 million, according to Calabasas commercial brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap Inc.

The medical and office campus with three buildings sits across the street from the Providence Tarzana Medical Center at the northeast corner of Reseda and Burbank boulevards. It has nearly 160,400 square feet on 2.33 acres.

Moiez Benyaminov of Los Angeles bought the property for about $200 a square foot, according to CoStar Group Inc., from Kort & Scott Financial Group of Anaheim.

Addresses for the buildings are 18401 Burbank Blvd., 18425 Burbank Blvd. and 18455 Burbank Blvd. They range in size from two to seven stories and from more than 32,600 square feet to nearly 95,000 square feet.

Brandon Michaels with Marcus & Millichap said the property has been one of the area’s most desired for top tenants. Michaels and Earle Hyman represented the seller.

A substantial amount of capital has been invested into the campus recently that has contributed to positive absorption at rental rates significantly above previous rates, Michaels said.

The new owner plans to reposition the property and may convert a portion of it to medical use, due to its closeness to the hospital, Michaels added.
San Fernando Valley Business Journal (SFVBJ)

Moss Group Sells Tarzana Professional Center for $28.7MM
Sierra Corporate Management Acquires 160,000 SF

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 – Kort & Scott Financial Group LLC closed on its acquisition of the Tarzana Professional Center at 18401-18455 Burbank Blvd. in Tarzana, CA. Moss Group sold the assets for $28.65 million, or approximately $179 per square foot.

The buildings total 160,345 square feet located on 2.3 acres just off US Rte 101. Renovated in 1990, the buildings are approximately 86 percent occupied.

Brandon Michaels and Earle Hyman of Marcus & Millichap represented the buyer and seller in the sale.

Please see CoStar COMPS #3200310 for more information on this transaction.
CoStar Group

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 – On Thu, Sep 15, 2016, Kort & Scott filed two (2) new DBAs; Briarwood Associates LP and Briarwood GP LP. These types of DBA filings usually precede a mobile home park purchase. We cannot locate any publicly available information regarding a Briarwood sale. This is normal, these are referred to as Pocket Listings or Off-Market NNN Properties. If anyone is aware of a Briarwood Mobile Home Park that is for sale or, it may have sold already, please contact the MHPHOA with more information.

Attention Briarwood: Do Not Sign Long-Term Lease Agreements

Suspicion: We are aware of a Briarwood Mobile Home Park (105 Spaces, Family) located at 2950 Routier Road in Sacramento, California 95827. Kort & Scott currently own two (2) mobile home parks in Sacramento County that we are aware of; Emerald Meadows Mobile Home Park (154 Spaces, Family) in Antelope and Lamplighter Sacramento Mobile Home Park (173 Spaces, 55+) in North Highlands. It would make sense for Kort & Scott to purchase a park within a reasonable radius (15-25 miles) of the two parks they currently own.

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 Update – These new DBAs may not be related to a mobile home park purchase. On Tue, Oct 4, 2016, Ricky Flandez, the new Controller for Sierra Corporate Management, registered two (2) new Kort & Scott DBAs for apartments; Sepulveda Apartments GP LLC and Sepulveda Apts Limited Partnership.

Wed, Oct 19, 2016 – The residents of CLLHOA have been diligent in their continued efforts to seek help from the Corona City Council. Since Jun 2015, the residents have attended thirty-three (33) Council meetings and have staged over a dozen Rallies protesting the City Council’s lack of action to help protect the residents from the predatory business practices of the new park owners, a Kort & Scott company doing business as Corona La Linda Associates LP, Corona La Linda GP LLC and Sierra Corporate Management Inc.

Since Kort & Scott purchased Corona La Linda (132 Spaces) in May 2015, there has been a turnover of eighteen (18) mobile home spaces and/or homes. That’s a 14% turnover in just sixteen (16) months. This type of “flipping” is not a normal occurrence in most mobile home parks.

Corona La Linda Mobile Home Park Map

Fountain Valley Estates – Space Rent: $1,947 Per Month

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 – Fountain Valley, California: Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG) purchased Fountain Valley Estates in June 2011 for $33,375,000.

In May 2011, space rents were advertised at $1,100 per month. Since then, advertised space rents have been: $1,200, $1,350, $1,475, $1,600, $1,650 or $1,750. As of October 2016, mobile home space rents are now advertised at $1,947 per month, that’s a 77% increase in five (5) years.

KSFG/SCM California Space Rents

Fountain Valley Estates, 115 Hornbeam Lane - Space Rent: $1,947

Rancho Huntington Mobile Home Park – Space Rent: $1,908 Per Month

Fri, Aug 26, 2016 – Huntington Beach, California: Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG) purchased Rancho Huntington Mobile Home Park in 2012 for $25,400,000 (Fannie Mae ARM).

In January 2006, space rents were advertised at $500 per month. In January 2013, space rents were advertised at $1,000 per month. As of August 2016, mobile home space rents are now advertised at $1,908 per month, that’s a 91% increase in three (3) years and a 280% increase in ten (10) years.

Rancho Huntington Mobile Home Park was a senior park at the time of the KSFG purchase. Prospective mobile home buyers are expected to prove income of 3x the current space rent which equals $5,724.

Rancho Huntington Mobile Home Park, Space 188 - Space Rent: $1,908

Sun, Oct 16, 2016 – There are currently 220 companies that the MHPHOA have researched and associated with Lee M. Kort and Michael H. Scott aka Kort & Scott (KS) dba Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG). As of this date, 122 companies are active, 42 companies are inactive.

HCD Codes and Standards Undergoing System Upgrades

Sat, Oct 15, 2016 – Codes and Standards is undergoing a system upgrade. Online Services will be unavailable from 7:00 am Friday, October 14th through 8:00 am Friday, October 21st. All Codes and Standards Permit Offices and Registration and Tilting Offices will have the ability to process applications Friday, October 14th and Monday, October 17th. Offices will be open to the public to accept paperwork on those dates; however, credit card processing will be unavailable until 8:00 am Friday, October 21st. Offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, October 18th and Wednesday, October 19th for staff training, and will re-open Thursday, October 20th.

Fri, Oct 14, 2016 – Over 100+ reviews and complaints from Sierra Corporate Management residents, SCM employees, buyers and sellers of mobile homes, City Council Members and other officials. These are mobile home parks in California managed by Sierra Corporate Management (SCM) and owned by a Kort & Scott Financial Group KSFG) company.

Thu, Oct 13, 2016 – From the 2016 California Mobilehome Residency Law Frequently Asked Questions: Rents, Fees and Taxes, 6. Security Deposit

Resident Question: Can the park charge first and last months’ rent plus a 2-month security deposit?

MRL Answer: Normally, when a mobilehome owner is accepted for residency in a mobilehome park and signs a rental agreement, charging first month’s rent and a 2-month security deposit are permitted. (Civil Code §798.39) After one full year of satisfactory residency (meaning all rent and fees have been paid during that time), the resident is entitled to request a refund of the 2-month security deposit, or may request a refund at the time he or she vacates the park and sells the home. (Civil Code §798.39(b))
2016 California MRL FAQs

Submit your request for a security deposit refund in writing to Sierra Corporate Management today! The MRL specifically states that SCM must refund your deposit after one full year of satisfactory residency. Do not wait until you vacate the park and/or sell your mobile home.

Sierra Corporate Management – Company Website Online

Wed, Oct 12, 2016 Updates – As of this date, it appears the domain is back online with its original 2009 content after being offline since Friday, September 9, 2016.

Wed, Sep 21, 2016 – On Friday, September 9, 2016 a change occurred in the DNS for the company domain name and the website was taken offline. We have no further information to report at this time.

Domain Name Registrant Information

  • Domain Name:
  • Registrant Name: Pinel, Richard
  • Registrant Organization: Sierra Corporate Management
  • Registrant Street: 320 North Park Vista Street
  • Registrant City: Anaheim
  • Registrant State: California
  • Registrant Postal Code: 92806
  • Registrant Country: United States
  • Registrant Phone: 1-714-575-5130
  • Registration Creation Date: 2009-05-19
  • Registration Expiration Date: 2017-05-19

Screenshot of Website

Screenshot of Sierra Corporate Management Website Home Page

Tue, Oct 11, 2016 – Capital One announced that it has provided a $15.8 million Fannie Mae structured adjustable rate loan to refinance Rio Vista Mobile Estates, an all-age, 200-space manufactured housing community (MHC) in Anaheim, California. Senior Vice President Chad Thomas Hagwood originated the transaction. Hagwood leads Capital One Multifamily Finance’s Southeast region out of the Birmingham, Alabama, office.

The 10-year loan is being amortized on a 25-year schedule. The borrower, Anaheim Associates, L.P., will use the proceeds to retire higher-rate Fannie Mae debt, cash out equity, and finance improvements to the property as dictated by its ground lease.
Capital One Recent Closings

Mobile Home Park Refinanced

Mail Slot with Envelope

Tue, Oct 11, 2016 – We have received a number of homeowner complaints from multiple Kort & Scott Financial Group owned mobile home parks regarding 3/60 notifications being served for rent payments that were inserted into a Sierra Corporate Management Rent Dropbox and claimed as being late or not received at all.

Avoid using a dropbox if you have the option of giving your rent directly to a person.

Mobile Home Owner Warning: Using the SCM Rent Dropbox can be hazardous to your financial health.

Sierra Corporate Management – Reorganization in Progress?

Sun, Oct 9, 2016 – Below is a summarized timeline of events that have occured since Thu, Mar 19, 2015 regarding Sierra Corporate Management. They are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Start Timeline at the bottom of this panel and read your way upward.

End Timeline

Fri, Sep 30, 2016 – As of this date, it appears that Drita Bronkey, Abraham Arrigotti’s Personal Assistant, is no longer employed by Sierra Corporate Management (SCM). We’ve confirmed this with multiple sources including a visual inspection of Drita’s mobile home located at Knolls Lodge Mobile Home Park in Torrance, California – it is now vacant.

We do have an unconfirmed report that during Drita Bronkey’s departure, she may have deposited a large number of important documents in the community pool. Drita Bronkey was with SCM since at least 2005.
Knolls Lodge Mobile Home Park

Fri, Sep 9, 2016 – A change occurs in the DNS for the domain name and the website was taken offline. Google has deindexed all but a couple of pages which should be gone before the close of September. We have no further information to report at this time.
Sierra Corporate Management – Company Website Offline

Fri, Aug 19, 2016 – Abraham Arrigotti, the Designated Officer and Registered Agent for Tri Palms Ventures Inc, a Kort & Scott company selling used mobile homes in its own mobile home parks, was Cancelled.
State of California BRE Broker License ID: 01193562

Tue, Aug 2, 2016 – The People of the State of California win a Final Judgment and obtain an Injunction against Davis Group LP and Western Ventures LP.
Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott Companies

Mon, Aug 1, 2016 – Since Thu, Jun 23, 2016, all fifty-nine (59) used mobile homes listed by Drita Bronkey from Tri Palms Ventures Inc have been removed from MH Village and are now listed with Blue Carpet Manufactured Homes or Monarch Mobile Home Sales. The dealer profile for Tri Palms Ventures Inc (aka Two Palms Real Estate, Western Ventures) has been removed from MH Village.
Mobile Homes for Sale in KSFG Mobile Home Parks 650+

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 – As of this date, it appears that Abraham Arrigotti is no longer President of Sierra Corporate Management (SCM). He has been replaced by Richard K. Pinel who has been with SCM since 2007. We have confirmed this with three (3) unrelated sources.
Sierra Corporate Management – Under New Management

Wed, Jun 22, 2016 – Two Palms Real Estate LP (aka Western Ventures LP) changes its name on MH Village to Tri Palms Ventures Inc and adds five (5) used mobile homes for sale bringing the total number to fifty-nine (59) used mobile homes posted for sale in two (2) weeks.
Mobile Homes for Sale in KSFG Mobile Home Parks

Mon, Jun 13, 2016, Wed, Jun 15, 2016 and Thu, Jun 16, 2016 – The MHPHOA receive notification that Drita Bronkey from Two Palms Real Estate LP, a Kort & Scott company selling mobile homes in its own mobile home parks, posted fifty-four (54) used mobile homes for sale in eighteen (18) KSFG/SCM California mobile home parks on MH Village.
59 Used Mobile Homes Posted for Sale by Tri Palms Ventures Inc

Sat, Apr 30, 2016 – The Occupational License for Drita Svetlana Bronkey, representative for Sierra Corporate Management, Western Ventures, Two Palms Real Estate and Tri Palms Ventures, expires. Listed as "Not Employed" as of Thu, Jan 8, 2015.
State of California HCD Occupational License: SP1218770

Fri, Mar 16, 2016 – The People of the State of California (Plaintiffs) file 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.
Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott Companies

Thu, Jan 28, 2016 – MHPHOA Public Information Request (PIR): HCD Complaints Against Kort & Scott Companies – This is only a small portion of the requests and pertains mostly to one mobile home park, Royal Oak Manufactured Home Community in Davis, California which was sold by the Kort & Scott DBA in Apr 2015.
Non Receipt of Title and Unlicensed Activity Complaints by HCD

Apr 2015 – Kort & Scott sell Royal Oak Manufactured Home Community for $10.1MM one (1) month after the below announcement that a task force was being formed to investigate the highly questionable business practices of Sierra Corporate Management. The new owner (DBA: Davis Royal Oak LLC) changes the name of the park to Davis Creek Mobile Home Park.
Royal Oak Manufactured Home Community

Start Timeline

Thu, Mar 19, 2015 – 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.
EDCFPD Minutes of March 2015

Fri, Oct 7, 2016 – California is the only state in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. The State Bar of California investigates complaints of attorney misconduct. If the State Bar determines that an attorney’s actions involve probable misconduct, formal charges are filed with the State Bar Court by the bar’s prosecutors (Office of Chief Trial Counsel).

The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes.

Also, it can temporarily remove lawyers from the practice of law when they are deemed to pose a substantial threat of harm to clients or the public.
The State Bar Court of California

California Attorneys Representing MHP Owners – Moral Turpitude

Fri, Oct 7, 2016 – The would like to respectfully remind all attorneys representing mobile home park owners and practicing law in the State of California, you do have a Rules of Professional Conduct that you must adhere to. If you violate these Rules of Professional Conduct, you may be subject to disbarment.

What is Moral Turpitude

Moral Turpitude is a phrase used in criminal law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. Turpitude means a corrupt, depraved, degenerate act or practice. Moral turpitude generally refers to conduct that shocks the public conscience.

Disbarment – California Business and Professions Codes §6106 and §6107

  • 6106. The commission of any act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption, whether the act is committed in the course of his relations as an attorney or otherwise, and whether the act is a felony or misdemeanor or not, constitutes a cause for disbarment or suspension.

    If the act constitutes a felony or misdemeanor, conviction thereof in a criminal proceeding is not a condition precedent to disbarment or suspension from practice therefor.

  • 6107. The proceedings to disbar or suspend an attorney, on grounds other than the conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, involving moral turpitude, may be taken by the court for the matters within its knowledge, or may be taken upon the information of another.
    California Business and Professions Code Section 6100-6117

CIMT – Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

Crimes Against Property: Accessory Before the Fact in Uttering a Forged Instrument, Attempted Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, Encumbering Mortgaged Property with Intent to Defraud, Extortion, Forgery, Making False Statements of Financial Condition, Malicious Trespass, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Uttering a Forged Instrument

120. Defendants took, appropriated, obtained and/or retained or assisted in taking, appropriating, obtaining and/or retaining Senior Citizens’ mobilehomes by refusing to approve prospective purchasers of Plaintiffs’ mobilehomes, and by raising rents to unreasonably high levels. As a result Senior Citizen Plaintiffs were harmed and have been deprived of their right to sell their homes in the Park and have had to either walk away from their home or to sell them to Defendants for almost nothing.

121. Defendants’ actions and/or conduct alleged herein was done for a wrongful use, with intent to defraud and/or by undue influence by preventing Plaintiffs from selling their mobilehomes in place in the Park, or keeping them there at reasonable rent levels.

122. Defendants knew or should have known that their actions and/or conduct were likely to be harmful to Plaintiffs and would prevent Plaintiffs from being able to sell their mobilehomes in place in the Park and would result in Defendants taking the financial investments Plaintiffs have in their mobilehomes in violation of Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. Defendants’ actions and/or conduct was a substantial factor in causing Plaintiffs’ harm. Plaintiffs seek all damages allowed under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act and all other remedies otherwise provided by law (including, but not limited to, rescission) to compensate them for the harm proximately caused by Defendants.

123. Defendants were aware of Plaintiffs’ right to sell their homes in place and the effect raising rents to unreasonably high levels would have on Plaintiffs’ ability to sell their mobilehomes. Defendants deliberately interfered with the sale of Plaintiffs’ homes by the actions alleged herein. Defendants subjected them to cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of Plaintiffs’ rights. Defendants consciously inflicted economic and personal hardship upon Plaintiffs by interfering with the sale of their mobilehomes which was despicable and Defendants’ conduct constitutes oppression, fraud, and/or malice. Defendants’ conduct warrants an award of punitive damages.
Aranda vs. Terrace View Partners LP

Terrace View Mobile Home Estates
13162 Highway 8 Business, El Cajon, California 92021

  • Filing Date: 2013-07-12 – Class Action Lawsuit Filed by Residents
  • Case Title: Aranda vs. Terrace View Partners LP
  • San Diego Superior Court Case Number: 37-2013-00057526-CU-PO-CTL
  • Status Phase I: 2016-07-06 – Plaintiffs Won Class Action Lawsuit
  • Damages Awarded: $58,389,000

Fri, Oct 7, 2016 – In recognition and appreciation of their obligations to clients, customers, the public, and each other, REALTORS® continuously strive to become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate and, as knowledgeable professionals, they willingly share the fruit of their experience and study with others.

They identify and take steps, through enforcement of this Code of Ethics and by assisting appropriate regulatory bodies, to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession.

REALTORS® having direct personal knowledge of conduct that may violate the Code of Ethics involving misappropriation of client or customer funds or property, willful discrimination, or fraud resulting in substantial economic harm, bring such matters to the attention of the appropriate Board or Association of REALTORS®.
National Association of REALTORS® – The Code of Ethics

Thu, Oct 6, 2016 – California Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would limit the ability of locals to block the development of new (and denser) housing. But it’s unlikely someone will champion trailer parks – even though they’ll be immediately affordable.

They have good reasons. Unlike a typical house, mobile homes decrease in value over time, so many are worth little once families pay off their loans. Nor does a home offer much security if you can be evicted from the land it sits on. It’s also not good politics to suggest Americans settle for housing that is synonymous with ‘trailer trash’.

Seal of the Senate of the State of California

Wed, Oct 5, 2016 – Upcoming Free Public Events for 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:00 AM to Noon

Senator Connie M. Leyva Banner

Mon, Nov 14, 2016 – In October 2015, a 1994 Fleetwood mobile home occupying space [000] in Lincoln Center Mobile Home Park (Owned by a KSFG Company) sold for $21,000. According to online documents, the new homeowner(s) signed the standard twenty-one (21) page, twenty-five (25) year long-term lease.

In April 2016, five (5) months later, an Unlawful Detainer (UD) lawsuit was filed against the new homeowners (Defendants) by Lincoln Center GP LLC (Plaintiffs) by Kevin Scott, authorized representative for Lincoln Center Mobile Home Park. The residents were late with their rent one time and served with a combined 3/60 notice (Pay Rent or Quit).

In August 2016, Lincoln Center GP LLC, represented by Hart King Attorneys at Law, won a Stipulated Judgment against the two (2) homeowners listed in the Unlawful Detainer (UD). That judgment appears to entail the surrender of the mobile home in exchange for no claims ($0) against the homeowners. A Writ of Possession (lockout) date of October 11, 2016 was agreed to by all parties.

Lincoln Center GP LLC - Combined 3-Day and 60-Day Notice - Page 1 of 3

Sun, Oct 2, 2016 Updates – Between Jun 2016 and Sep 2016, all of the used mobile home for sale listings by Two Palms Real Estate aka Tri Palms Ventures have been removed. The profile for both retailers has been removed from MH Village. Most, if not all of the used mobile homes originally listed by Drita Bronkey from Tri Palm Ventures are now listed by Blue Carpet Manufactured Homes or Monarch Mobile Home Sales.

Abraham Arrigotti, the Designated Officer for Tri Palms Ventures Inc, has been Cancelled as of Friday, August 19, 2016. BRE License: 01193562

Drita Bronkey, the Salesperson for Tri Palms Ventures Inc aka Two Palms Real Estate, has an Expired License as of Saturday, April 30, 2016. Occupational License: SP1218770

Thu, Jun 23, 2016 Updates – On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Two Palms Real Estate LP changed its name on MH Village to Tri Palms Ventures Inc and added five (5) used mobile homes for sale bringing the total number to fifty-nine (59) used mobile homes posted for sale in two (2) weeks.

Fri, Jun 17, 2016 – On Monday, June 13, 2016, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and Thursday, June 16, 2016, we received notification that Drita Bronkey from Two Palms Real Estate LP, a Kort & Scott Financial Group DBA selling mobile homes in its own mobile home parks, posted fifty-four (54) mobile homes for sale in eighteen (18) KSFG/SCM California mobile home parks on MH Village. – 17,089 Users, 23,357 Sessions, 49,808 Pageviews

Sat, Oct 1, 2016 – The website launched on Thursday, November 5, 2015 and during the time period of Friday, January 1, 2016 thru Friday, September 30, 2016 the website recorded the following analytical information.

Google Analytics - Audience Overview - 2016-01-01 thru 2016-09-30

MHP News Resources

Kort & Scott Pay $57,000,000
Largest Mobile Home Park Settlement Ever

Fri, Nov 22, 2019 – Kabateck LLP attorneys representing hundreds of low-income mobile home residents in Long Beach, California secured a nearly $57 million settlement, which is the largest settlement ever involving a mobile home park.

Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott DBAs

MRL Protection Program

Sometimes, in mobilehome parks, disputes can arise between mobilehome/manufactured homeowners and park management. To help resolve some of these disputes, California created the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program (MRLPP) through the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act of 2018, Assembly Bill 3066 (Chapter 774, Statutes of 2018).

Who Can Submit a Complaint?

Must be a mobilehome / manufactured homeowner residing in a permitted mobilehome park.

What Types of Complaints can be Submitted for Consideration?

Complaints for issues within mobilehome parks related to Mobilehome Residency Law violations (California Civil Code). Common violations include illegal grounds for eviction, failure to provide proper notice of rent increases, or no written rental agreement between the park and mobilehome owner.

How do I submit my complaint?

Complaints must be submitted to HCD. HCD provides assistance to help resolve and coordinate resolution of the most severe alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law. Visit the How to Submit a Complaint page for details on ways to submit your complaint to HCD.