Mobile Home Owner News – June 2023
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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RE: Burnsville, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Minnesota / Investment Property Group
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 –
The Greenway Apartments in south Minneapolis are at the center of the investigation, but suburban tenants have similar complaints of unfair utility billing and maintenance problems.
A Utah rental company with more than a dozen properties in the Twin Cities has drawn attention from city and state officials after tenant complaints of irregular utility billing and poor maintenance.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is looking into practices at Investment Property Group-owned buildings in Burnsville and Hopkins as well as Minneapolis, according to Deputy Chief of Staff John Stiles. Investigators are working to determine if the company tried to collect illegal utility payments from tenants and evict people from more than 30 apartments in one Minneapolis building.
Tenants described similar issues at properties the company owns in Hopkins – inexplicable hikes in utility bills, coupled with a leaking roof and mold that was never fully remediated.
RE: South Minneapolis, Minnesota / Investment Property Group
Tue, Apr 25, 2023 –
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today that his Office has opened a civil investigation into whether Investment Property Group UT (IPG) has collected or attempted to collect illegal utility charges from their residents at its Greenway Apartments complex in South Minneapolis and whether it sought to evict the largely-Somali tenants based on these faulty charges.
In late 2022, Greenway Apartments notified its tenants that they would be charged for utilities separately from their rent starting in 2023, charges which would be administered by a third-party billing company. Soon after the announcement, tenants found themselves facing exorbitant utility charges, some of which totaled more than $2,000. Last week, Isuroon, a local nonprofit that advocates for Somali women and girls, reported to the Attorney General’s Office that numerous Somali tenants at the Greenway Apartments had already paid thousands of dollars in questionable utility charges out of fear of being evicted, and that others were being evicted for not paying the charges. IPG, doing business as Eat Street Portfolio, LLC, has filed more than 30 eviction actions since February 2023.
After the Attorney General’s Office contacted IPG last week about its concerns that the eviction filings appear unlawful, IPG represented that it will not take any action to remove any Greenway Apartments tenants while the Attorney General’s investigation is pending, even if the court issued a writ of recovery in a case. Minnesota law allows Greenway Apartments tenants to stay in their home during an eviction case unless a Sheriff serves a writ of recovery on the tenant and tells the tenant to leave.
Attorney General Ellison’s investigation includes what steps Greenway Apartments and IPG have taken, if any, to comply with Minnesota’s landlord-tenant laws as well as whether the associated eviction filings are racially motivated, which the Minnesota Human Rights Act prohibits.
The Attorney General’s Office asks that anyone with information about Greenway Apartments or other IPG locations, especially tenants, also contact the Office. The Office can be reached by calling (651) 296-3353 or by filling out a tenant report form online in English, Spanish, or Somali.
RE: Butte County, California
Tue, Jun 13, 2023 –
The Board is looking at ways to address rent stabilization in mobile home parks. The Department of Employment and Social Services led outreach to owners and people living at mobile home parks in the county in April and May.
Community meetings and a survey were conducted. The Board asked staff to gather more information about mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of the county. In December a memorandum was sent with park registration data from the California Department of House and Community Development.
The survey that our department did was very telling that there are many people in mobile home parks that are on a fixed income and with rising rent they’re having a problem living and paying other bills and we’re looking at possible ways to help those folks, District 4 Supervisor Tod Kimmelshue said.
Some of the feedback from the survey and community outreach showed people at the parks were worried about rent hikes, mortgages, financial hardships posed by utility costs and inaccurate meters, and a need for owner and manager accountability in tending to the properties and mobile homes.
RE: Paramount, California / Elijah Park LLC aka The Wheel Trailer Park
Mon, Jun 12, 2023 –
The looming threat of eviction has residents of a Paramount RV Mobile home park fearing they could soon be homeless.
I’m scared, said teenager Alex Sanchez. I don’t know what’s going to happen to my Mom; she’s scared about the eviction.
At least 10 families have received a 60-day eviction notices.
Everybody keeps telling us that their hands are tied; it’s a civil matter, but it’s just not fair, said Desiree, a tenant who asked us not to tell her full name.
Many of the residents have lived at the RV park for years. It’s the only place they’ve been able to afford in LA County. But their home, which used to be The Wheel Trailer Park, was recently sold. It is now Elijah Park LLC and the new owners are raising the rent a whopping 200%.
Fri, Jun 9, 2023 – This table of Mobile Home Parks, RV Parks, and Manufactured Home Communities for Sale in California is a work in progress as of Friday, June 9, 2023. Data is being updated regularly.
This is a partial listing and covers the sold period 2021-01-01 to 2023-06-01. This is NOT a complete list of mobile home parks for sale in California. Many sales of mobile home parks are usually done via Pocket Listings (aka Off-Market Listings, Exclusive Listings), they are not marketed via public channels.
RE: Petaluma, California / CA MHP Rent Stabilization Ordinances
Wed, Jun 7, 2023 –
Petaluma leaders had not revisited the city’s mobile home rent stabilization ordinance since it was first established in 1994. But on Monday night, City Council members agreed that changes to the ordinance were needed to ease financial burdens on those living in mobile home parks.
Under the current ordinance, annual rent increases may not exceed either 6% of the base rent or 100% of the local consumer price index, whichever is less. But the majority of council members on Monday agreed to lower those numbers, so that increases may not exceed 4% of the base rent or 70% of the CPI, whichever is less. The change aligns with the ordinance that Santa Rosa has in place.
In May 2022, the City Council vowed to amend the city’s mobile home rent regulations as part of its top 10 citywide priorities for this year, and council members are now expected to cast an official vote on such amendments at their June 19 meeting. The changes could go into effect as early as August.
RE: Gary Shiffman / Sun Communities Inc
Thu, Jun 1, 2023 –
Brian Benderoff Claims he and Dr. Billy Gonte involved in insurance scam with Gary Shiffman, CEO of Sun Communities, per Detroit News – additional info beyond report. In this evidence packed article are the following elements.
Part I of this article will be a flashback to 2016, with a report on the local Detroit Patch article that doesn’t mention Shiffman by name, but alludes to an “unnamed” person and two “associates” of Benderoff and Gonte involved in a federal legal controversy. There are similarities and differences between the facts mentioned in the Patch and what’s cited in The Detroit News.
Part II of this article will feature the roughly 2376-word text of The Detroit News article by Donnelly involving Gary A. Shiffman. Shiffman is mentioned by name dozens of times in that report. So too are actors Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, and basketball player Kevin Durant. Note that MHProNews reached out to Shiffman for comment on Tuesday, May 30. As of 6.1.2023 at 2:20 AM ET, no apparent reply has been received from Shiffman or an attorney acting on his behalf.
Part III will be additional information which includes court filings and pages of various documents, plus MHProNews analysis and commentary in brief.
Thu, Jun 1, 2023 – According to data obtained from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), there are 5,231 Active Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 453,179 lots/spaces in the State of California. Of those 453,179 lots/spaces, 363,462 are mobile home spaces, 66,885 are RV lots with drains, and 22,832 are RV lots without drains.
There are 673 Closed Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 21,464 lots/spaces. Of those 21,464 lots/spaces, 11,936 are mobile home spaces, 6,676 are RV lots with drains, and 2,852 are RV lots without drains.
As of Thu, Jun 1, 2023, the HCD has data for a total of 5,904 Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 474,643 lots/spaces which includes Active and Closed listings. Of those 474,643 lots/spaces, 375,398 are mobile home spaces, 73,561 are RV lots with drains, and 25,684 RV lots without drains.
HCD Note: HCD has enforcement of 81.4 percent of the parks and 75.5 percent of the lots in the State of California. The overall average park size is 86 lots; 80 for Mobile Home Parks, and 88 for RV Parks.
The below Top 10 Largest Mobile Home and RV Park listings in California are based on the HCD Mobile Home and RV Parks Active Listings as of Thu, Jun 1, 2023.
RE: CalMatters / California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Thu, May 18, 2023 –
California officials depend largely on residents filing complaints to find out about health and safety problems at mobile home parks. Here’s how to file a complaint.
A five-month CalMatters investigation found most park residents don’t know how to file a complaint or fear what could happen if they do. We took the most common questions we heard from park residents about the complaint system and put together a guide for you.
If management at my mobile home park doesn’t fix a problem, who can I turn to for help?
What can I file a complaint about?
How do I file a complaint?
How do I avoid retaliation?
What can I expect after filing a complaint?