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Tue, Nov 27, 2018 – A jury decided today that the owners of Friendly Village Mobile Home Park in North Long Beach should pay out $34 million in punitive damages, in addition to $5.5 million awarded last week, to residents of the park who sued over decaying conditions that included methane gas leaks and continually sinking ground.

The jury awarded the punitive damages for negligence, unfair business practices, retaliatory eviction and financial elder abuse. Lead attorney Brian Kabateck said the residents lived in squalor at the property that was once a trash dump for the city of Long Beach.

This is an outstanding outcome,” Kabateck said Tuesday. “What we really hoped for is that justice would be done.

He said this case, which involves 31 families, is the first suit. The law firm plans to file another lawsuit on behalf of 120 families who live in the 182-unit park, which is just south of Davenport Park on Paramount Boulevard.

Kabateck said the bulk of the judgment was against Kort & Scott, which own a number of mobile home parks across the state.

LA Jury Hits MHP Owners with $34 Million Punitive Damages Verdict

Kabateck LLP Press Release: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $34 million today in punitive damages to 30 residents of a Long Beach mobile home park that was once a trash dump site for the city of Long Beach. Today’s verdict is in addition to a $5.5 million judgment the jury leveled last week against the owners of Friendly Village. The jurors found the defendants liable for negligence, unfair business practices, retaliatory eviction and financial elder abuse.

The Light Triumphs
  • Address: 5450 North Paramount Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90805
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Phone: 562-531-3002
  • Spaces: 182
  • Type: All Ages
  • 2018 Space Rent: $1,500
  • Purchased: Feb 2014, Amount: $23,000,000
  • Management: Sierra Corporate Management
  • 2018-10-08 – New Management: Investors’ Property Services
  • DBA: Friendly Village GP LLC, Friendly Village MHP Associates LP
  • DBA Filing: Nov 2010, Jan 2014

Tue, Nov 20, 2018 – In a major win for homeowners, a Los Angeles jury awarded more than $5 million to a group of Long Beach families who say they were forced to live in slumlike conditions in the Friendly Village mobile home park. The families are represented by a legal team led by Brian S. Kabateck of the Los Angeles firm Kabateck LLP.

Today’s award of $5,566,156 will be split among 31 families who will receive an average of about $100,000 per person. But that figure is expected to increase as jurors also found the defendants liable for elder abuse and punitive damages. Jurors are expected to begin weighing those additional damages this week.

The plaintiffs’ legal team includes Kabateck, Shant Karnikian and Natalie Pang of Kabateck LLP and Gary Fields with Fields Law. Kabateck serves as president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, chairman of the board of Loyola Law School and is a past president of Consumer Attorneys of California.

Important Note: The $5.57 Million is for “Actual Damages” aka “Compensatory Damages” only. The “Punitive Damages” will be argued in court next week. Jury trial continues on Mon, Nov 26, 2018.

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 – Residents of a Long Beach mobile home park on the site of a former landfill were awarded $5.57 million in damages on Monday, Nov. 19, after they sued its owners for a litany of charges including negligence, unfair business practices, retaliatory eviction and financial elder abuse.

The award was just the first in a series of trials, the residents’ lawyers said in a statement. The jury also found Friendly Village Mobile Home Park to be liable for elder abuse, as well as fraud, oppression and malice. The punitive damages will be argued in court next week.

Friendly Village will be responsible for the damages, which will be split among 55 people, although over 200 residents joined the original class action lawsuit.

Attorneys for Friendly Village did not respond to a request for comment.

‘The jury found, as we did, that the defendants clearly took advantage of some of the most vulnerable members of the community,’ the residents’ lead trial attorney Brian Kabateck said in a statement. ‘These are people on a fixed income, the elderly, the disabled and folks on the brink of poverty. This company allowed the residents to live in squalor with raw sewage backing up into their homes while they raised rents and collected millions upon millions of dollars in profits. While these crooks should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior, they will surely feel nothing of the sort.’

The land that Friendly Village currently occupies at 5450 N. Paramount Blvd. in North Long Beach, was used as a dump during World War II and shut down those operations in 1947. In 1970, Long Beach decided to use the land for a mobile home park instead.

Along with flooding, sinkholes, rats, possums and sewage bubbling up, residents said the ground constantly shifting beneath their homes has created financial hardship for many of them.

Milly Bejarano has lived there for 12 years, and she said she’s paid out of her own pocket to level the land three times for a total of about $2,000. She said that some of the homes sink in such a way that if residents don’t continuously level the ground, some wouldn’t even be able to open their own doors.

As conditions have worsened, Friendly Village has continued to raise the rent without addressing any maintenance issues, she said. Because Bejarano is a senior on a fixed income, that means the increases are slowly cutting down on her quality of life.

‘I thought I’d be retired here forever, but my lifestyle has gone down the drain,’ she said. ‘Vacation? What is that? I’ve never taken a vacation since I’ve lived here. … I’ve got to be saving constantly to make ends meet.’

Friendly Village Mobile Home Park – Jury Deliberations

Fri, Nov 16, 2018 Updates – Jury trial/deliberation continues on 11/16/2018 at 9:00 AM.

Summary: On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 the plaintiffs gave closing arguments. On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 the court instructed the jury. On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 the defendants filed a motion for a complete mistrial. On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 the court denied defendants motion for a complete mistrial.

Previous News Coverage

Fri, Nov 23, 2018 – We are currently tracking 1,400+ mobiles homes in the Kort & Scott (KSFG) dba Sierra Corporate Management (SCM) inventory. We continue to acquire sales information for the KSFG/SCM mobile home parks and will post additional data once vetted.

Below are real-time statistics for mobile home sales in Kort & Scott owned mobile home parks in California. Click/tap the “Mobile Home Sales Statistics” link below to show/hide statistical data.

Real-Time Dataset: Mon, Nov 23, 2020

  1. Dataset: 2,011 Mobile Home for Sale Listings from 2013-2020 for 38 Mobile Home Parks Owned by KSFG DBAs
  2. Average Sale Price 1: $57,049
    • Sale Price Range: $90-$370,000
    • Includes 245 Mobile Homes at $100,000+
    • Dataset: 1,854 Mobile Home Sales
  3. Average Sale Price 2: $40,013
    • Sale Price Range: $90-$99,900
    • Excludes 245 Mobile Homes at $100,000+
    • Dataset: 1,609 Mobile Home Sales
  4. Average Space Rent: $1,391
    • Space Rent Range: $387-$2,350
  5. Average Mobile Home Year: 1984
  6. Year Range: 1943-2020
    • 2010-2020
      60
    • 2000-2009
      355
    • 20**-20**
      4
    • 1990-1999
      288
    • 1980-1989
      253
    • 1970-1979
      565
    • 1960-1969
      252
    • 1950-1959
      10
    • 1940-1949
      3
    • 19**-19**
      58
    • Unknown
      164
  7. Tracked Listings by Year Advertised
    • 2020
      176
    • 2019
      223
    • 2018
      360
    • 2017
      282
    • 2016
      386
    • 2015
      210
    • 2014
      158
    • 2013
      154
  8. Inventory value of 2,011 mobile homes in the Kort & Scott inventory as of Mon, Nov 23, 2020.
    • Sale: 113 at $10,112,150
    • Sold: 1,898 at $95,656,826
    • Total: 2,011 at $105,768,976

Mon, Nov 12, 2018 Updates – The MHPHOA have been continually researching and developing a database of Resident Owned Communities (ROC) aka Resident Owned Parks (ROP) in the State of California. We have 179 communities listed to date. We welcome input from our audience regarding additions and/or corrections to the data currently available. If you'd like to contribute information to the database, please contact the MHPHOA.

All 179 Resident Owned Communities (ROC) have recently been reviewed and updated. We have removed entries that were originally incorrectly identified as ROCs. We've corrected park names, addresses, telephone numbers, added HOA Fees/Date columns and links to MH Village and HOA websites when available. We've also included a Google Map showing all 179 Resident Owned Communities in California.

The MHPHOA have researched 400+ for sale and recently sold listings (Nov 2018) to determine the current HOA Fees for 104 out of 179 ROCs listed. Those HOA Fees range from $35 to $1,030 with an average of $250.

From the data collected, we were able to determine that a mobile home park with 150 spaces cost an average of $250 per space per month to operate. That comes out to $37,500 per month or $450,000 per year.

Manufactured home values in most California ROCs range from $200,000 to $500,000+ depending on the area. We saw 1990s manufactured homes selling in that range which clearly shows us that it's the “land beneath” that holds the value. We see similar 1990s manufactured homes selling for under $50,000 in Kort & Scott owned mobile home parks where the space rent is $1,700+ per month.

Industry Rule of Thumb: For every $10 per month space rent increase you lose approximately $1,000 in mobile home equity.

1990 Silvercrest Sells for $215,000 – HOA Fees: $75 Monthly

Here's an example of a recent manufactured home sale on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 for a 1990 Silvercrest with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths in Kimberly Gardens located in Lake Forest, California. The home and the “land beneath” sold for $215,000 and the HOA Fees are $75 per month.

1990 Silvercrest

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 – According to data obtained from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), there are 5,271 “Active” Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 453,750 lots/spaces in the State of California. Of those 453,750 lots/spaces, 364,950 are mobile home spaces, 66,212 are RV lots with drains and 22,588 are RV lots without drains.

There are 672 “Closed” Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 19,954 lots/spaces. Of those 19,954 lots/spaces, 10,521 are mobile home spaces, 6,724 are RV lots with drains and 2,709 are RV lots without drains.

As of Fri, Nov 9, 2018, the HCD has data for a total of 5,943 Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 473,704 lots/spaces which includes “Active” and “Closed” listings. Of those 473,704 lots/spaces, 375,471 are mobile home spaces, 72,936 are RV lots with drains and 25,297 RV lots without drains.

The below Top 10 Largest Mobile Home and RV Park listings are based on the HCD Mobile Home and RV Parks “Active” Listings as of Fri, Nov 9, 2018.


# Mobile Home Park Name Address City ST Zip SPC
Casa de Amigos
Operated By: Casa de Amigos Ltd
1085 Tasman Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 923
Plaza del Rey
Operated By: Plaza del Rey Owner LLC
1225 Vienna Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 800
Hemet West Mobile Estates
Operated By: Western States Mobilehome Parks
5001 W Florida Ave Hemet CA 92545 771
Westwinds
Operated By: MHC Operating LP
500 Nicholson Ln San Jose CA 95134 723
Swan Lake Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Hamner Park Associates
5800 Hamner Ave Eastvale CA 91752 716
Los Alisos Mobile Home Estates
Operated By: Miller, Willis Ranch Co
772 Garden Grove Blvd Westminster CA 92683 705
Casa Del Lago Mobile Home Park
Operated By: San Jose Investments Ltd
2151 Old Oakland Rd San Jose CA 95131 618
Adobe Wells
Operated By: Mobilehome Communities
1220 Tasman Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 613
Oakridge Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Oakridge Ltd
15455 Glenoaks Blvd Sylmar CA 91342 600
Plantation on the Lake
Operated By: Plantation Company LLC
10961 Desert Lawn Dr Calimesa CA 92320 557
7,026
# RV Park Name Address City ST Zip Lots
Golden Village Palms RV Resort
Operated By: GVP LLC
3600 W Florida Ave Hemet CA 92544 1,019
Silent Valley Club
Operated By: Silent Valley Club Inc
46305 Poppet Flats Rd Banning CA 92220 850
Caliente Springs RV Park
Operated By: Timothy Manthei
70200 Dillon Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 677
Soledad Canyon
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
4700 Crown Valley Rd Acton CA 93510 641
Fountain of Youth Spa
Operated By: Fountain of Youth Spa Corp
1500 Spa Rd Niland CA 92257 615
Wilderness Lakes
Operated By: MHC NAC Inc
30605 Briggs Rd Menifee CA 92584 523
Sands RV Resort
Operated By: Sun Sands RV LLC
16400 Bubbling Wells Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 507
Mountain Lakes
Operated By: Robert Burlingame
277 Lytle Creek Rd Lytle Creek CA 92358 494
Rivers Edge RV Resort
Operated By: Brenda Agular
2299 Winterhaven Rd Winterhaven CA 92283 480
Catalina RV Spa
Operated By: Catalina Spa & RV Inc
18800 Cork Hill Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 477
6,283
# RV Park Name Address City ST Zip Lots
Lawsons Landing
Operated By: Carl Vogler
137 Marine View Dr Dillon Beach CA 94929 1,000
Calaveras Timber Trails Association
Operated By: Calaveras Timber Trails Association
1071 Avery Sheep Ranch Rd Avery CA 95224 500
Lake of The Springs
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
14152 Frenchtown Rd Oregon House CA 95962 465
Soledad Canyon
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
4700 Crown Valley Rd Acton CA 93510 385
De Anza Campland
Operated By: Campland on the Bay
2211 Pacific Beach Dr San Diego CA 92109 339
Thousand Trails Pio Pico
Operated By: Thousand Trails Vehicle Park
14615 Otay Lakes Rd Jamul CA 91935 336
Morgan Hill Preserve
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
12895 Uvas Rd Morgan Hill CA 95037 298
Annetts Mono Village
Operated By: Annetts Mono Village Inc
13425 Twinlakes Rd Bridgeport CA 93517 281
Lake Minden
Operated By: MHC NAC Inc
1256 Marcum Rd Nicolaus CA 95659 274
Camanche North Shore Recreation Area
Operated By: East Bay Municipal Utility District
2000 Camanche Rd Ione CA 95640 252
4,130

HCD MH and RV Parks Search

# Mobile Home Park Name Address City ST Zip SPC
Palm Desert Greens
Operated By: Palm Desert Greens Association
73750 Country Club Dr Palm Desert CA 92260 1,922
Tri Palm Estates
Operated By: Tri Palm Unified Owners Association
32851 Desert Moon Dr Thousand Palms CA 92276 1,629
Sierra Dawn Estates
Operated By: Sierra Dawn Estates Homeowners Association Inc
950 S Lyon Ave Hemet CA 92543 1,474
Sabre City Estates
Operated By: Researching…
Doolittle Dr Roseville CA 95747 726
Desert Crest
Operated By: Desert Crest Community Association
69400 N Country Club Dr Desert Hot Springs CA 92241 582
Black Lake Mobile Estates
Operated By: Researching…
234 Crosby Way Nipomo CA 93444 555
The Groves
Operated By: The Groves Homeowners Inc
5200 Irvine Blvd Irvine CA 92620 533
Golf Knolls Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Golf Knolls Association
29070 Camino Alba Murrieta CA 92563 520
Rancho Carlsbad
Operated By: Rancho Carlsbad Owners Association Inc
5200 El Camino Real Carlsbad CA 92008 504
Portola Country Club
Operated By: Portola Country Club Homeowners Association Inc
42500 Portola Ave Palm Desert CA 92660 499
8,944

ROC in California

Tue, Nov 6, 2018 – The MHPHOA.com website launched on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 and during the time period of Thu, Nov 5, 2015 thru Mon, Nov 5, 2018 (1,096 Days) the MHPHOA.com website recorded the following analytical information. Jan 2018 sets a new benchmark for number of Users (9,779) and Mar 2018 sets a new benchmark for number of Pageviews (23,929) for the MHPHOA.com website.


Google Analytics - Audience Overview - 2015-11-05 thru 2018-11-05

Sun, Nov 4, 2018 – Sources have informed the MHPHOA that Sierra Corporate Management has a new President as of Oct 2018, his name is Gregory Wilson. This will be the third President in two years since Abraham Arrigotti left in Jul 2016.

KSFG/SCM Current/Past Presidents

Fri, Nov 2, 2018 – From the 2018 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))
2018 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.

NEW MRL Protection Program

Thu, Jul 2, 2020 – The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the Mobilehome Assistance Center is now accepting complaints from mobilehome / manufactured homeowners for issues within mobilehome parks related to Mobilehome Residency Law violations.

Who Can Submit a Complaint?

Any mobilehome / manufactured homeowner who lives in a mobilehome park.

What Types of Complaints can be Submitted for Consideration?

Any 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 Does a Mobilehome/Manufactured Homeowner Submit their Complaint?

Complaints must be submitted to HCD. HCD provides help to resolve and coordinate resolution of the most-severe alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law. Visit the Submit a Complaint webpage for details.

Kort & Scott Pay $57 Million
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.

KSFG Lawsuits
Civil Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott DBAs