Mobile Home Owner News – June 2020
Resident curated mobile home owners news and information for residents of Mobile Home Parks owned by Kort & Scott (KS) companies. The MHPHOA also provides news coverage for Mobile Home Parks not owned by KS companies.
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Fri, Jun 26, 2020 –
The three Iowa Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed legislation to strengthen protections for people living in many mobile home parks around the country.
Reps. Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and Dave Loebsack have introduced the Helping Owners Meet Essential Standards Act, which will require mobile home park owners who take out federally connected loans to follow certain guidelines regarding evictions and rent increases.
In a news release, the Democrats said the bill is a response to the trend of private equity firms purchasing mobile home parks in Iowa and across the country – and in some cases increasing rents dramatically.
The story here in Iowa has become too well-known: An outside investor buys up a mobile home park, and soon after Iowans in these communities get runaway rent increases coupled with poor or absent communication, Axne, who represents Iowa’s 3rd District, said in the release. It’s unacceptable – especially in uncertain economic times – and predatory practices like these should not be financed with federal support.
Fri, Jun 26, 2020 – Helping Owners Meet Essential Standards (HOMES) Act of 2020 –
To ensure that federally-backed financing for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of manufactured home communities is available only for communities whose owner has implemented minimum consumer protections in the lease agreements with residents of all manufactured home communities owned by such owner, and for other purposes.
The legislation is endorsed by: MHAction, National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients), National Housing Law Project, and Prosperity Now.
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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.
MRL Protection Program
Beginning July 1, 2021, any mobilehome or manufactured homeowner living in a mobilehome park under a rental agreement may submit a complaint for an alleged violation of the Mobilehome Residency Law. Any mobilehome or manufactured homeowner residing in a permitted mobilehome park is eligible to submit a 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.
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.