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Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Eviction notices sent to residents of Maple Acres Estates

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PRINCETON — Days before Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season, eviction notices were distributed to residents of a Mercer County mobile home park that has been fighting in court to keep their lot rents from going up dramatically.

Residents of Maple Acres Estates, a mobile home park off Maple Acres Road near the intersection of Maple Acres Road and New Hope Road, have been receiving eviction notices, attorney Adam Wolfe with Mountain State Justice, a nonprofit legal firm, said Tuesday.

“Our firm took action,” Wolfe said. “We filed motions in all those eviction cases in Maple Acres. As far as I know, they (representatives of...

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OK, it’s pocket watch time again. Start swinging it side to side while you read this pile of nonsense:

“Diamond Field LLC (also referenced as defendant) purchased Maple Acres Estates in August 2022. In March Diamond Field issued notice to Maple Acres tenants of its intent to increase their lot rent from $170 to $299 … Diamond Field’s tactics coincide with a nationwide trend, in whcih predatory corporations hiding behind layers of shell companies purchase manufactured housing communities, then raise the lot rent and force mass evictions”

So let me get this straight. Park owners raise rents because they want to do mass evictions? That’s their business model? Where’s the money in that? And, of course, there isn’t. A good rent increase is one in which you lose not a single tenant. And you get there by offering a good value, which at $299 I’m sure it is.

OK, so now let’s get to the down-and-dirty truth. Diamond Field LLC appears to have taken a crazy, stupid ridiculously low rent of $170 per month and raised it to $299 which is still crazy, stupid and ridiculously low but a little less so. And I’m sure they did major improvements and started to enforce the park rules as part of the increase. And if we went to the park right now and knocked on any random door we would find that the residents are absolutely ecstatic with the improvements and have no problem paying the ridiculously low rent of $299 now that the park is nicer. But, as usual, one or two people who were living marginally in the park and having trouble paying $170 per month ran out and found a cheap attorney who filed a frivolous case since there is no rent control in West Virginia. In fact, if you read the preamble to the article, you’ll see that all the attorney accomplished was to file an appeal wanting to get the eviction case moved to a different court in order to buy the marginal folks a little more time before they pack up their pickup trucks and drive off. Big deal.

Was anyone hypnotized by this article and its repetitive mantra? If you have an IQ higher than a lima bean then probably not.

Pines Barrens Tribune: Rate Increase That Had Been Set To Begin In 2017 For Mobile Home Parks In Southampton Not Collected, With Town Pursuing 2024 Implementation

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SOUTHAMPTON—A previously decided rate increase to be charged to mobile home park owners in Southampton Township, which was supposed to take effect in 2017, apparently was not collected, the Pine Barrens Tribune has learned, and as a result of the discovery, the township moved to have them start paying it beginning this year.
 
But one of the mobile home park owners, according to a whereas clause in a proposed ordinance, hired an attorney and the township then “received protest from counsel for one of the mobile home parks.”
 
And now, while another whereas clause in the proposed ordinance calls the attorney’s position “unreasonable,” the...
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I’ve been in this movie myself, back on a park in Texas in about 1999. The city tried to add an “administrative fee” to the park owners of about $2,000 per year just to get their annual permit renewal. So we all banded together, hired a municipal lawyer, and sued the city. The city lost big time. It turned out that the law in Texas clearly states that the amount of such fees cannot be greater than the actual cost to inspect the property, which was more like $100 and not $2,000. And what this city is proposing is even worse than that Texas city tried:

As of now, what is proposed to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024, “and for each year forward,” is that the “township shall charge and collect for the license an annual fee of $200 and the sum of $7 per calendar week for each mobile home occupying any space in the mobile home park during the calendar week or part thereof.”

These park owners probably need to get together, pool their legal fees, hire the nastiest municipal lawyer they can find, sue the city and stop this nonsense. I hope at least one of them is reading this and can look into these facts.

FOX13: Rent hikes, strict rules: Puyallup mobile home community feels taken advantage of

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PUYALLUP, Wash. - Astronomical rate hikes, some as much as 50 percent, have Puyallup mobile homeowners outraged. After feeling ignored by property owners, frustrated neighbors hope to take their case to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Sandra Majors is moved to tears just thinking about what’s at stake here at the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park.

PUYALLUP, Wash. - Astronomical rate hikes, some as much as 50 percent, have Puyallup mobile homeowners outraged. After feeling ignored by property owners, frustrated neighbors hope to take their case to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Sandra Majors is moved to tears...

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Great quote from the park owner:

“While our aim is to preserve mobile home parks, Hurst and Son is not a low-income housing provider. At the same time, we want our communities to be mixed income, and we don’t want improvements to displace anyone. Many mobile home parks are at a crossroads, but that doesn’t have to be the future. If we looked at this as a private-public partnership, the state could allocate income assistance for those who are low-income while the private sector makes the required infrastructure improvements to sustain the communities as an attainable housing option."

The bottom line is that bringing old parks back to life is expensive and rents are going to go up and marginal residents are going to be displaced – and 99.9% of residents are going to be delighted by the improvements and happy to pay the higher rent. It’s either that or just tear the parks down and put up apartments which never seem to get any pushback on anything they do. It is NOT the park owner’s responsibility to provide for the marginal group that can’t afford to live in a modern world. That falls on the back of Section 8 which does a poor job of addressing the needs of the American public and has massive waiting lists. The government should not use private property owners as the backstop for their failure to do their job of offering housing assistance.

GV Wire: Mobile Home Park Owner Sues Petaluma Over Closure Rules. Will Lawsuit Affect Fresno?

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On Thursday, the Fresno City Council will hear a request from Harmony Communities to shut down its La Hacienda Mobile Home Park.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit from a Petaluma mobile home park owner seeks to undo a law preventing the owner from selling a park there.

More than 100 cities throughout California have special rules for mobile home parks.

Many require park owners to conduct studies on how closing would affect residents. The owners then have to report how they would compensate residents for their lost homes. And, a closure impact report has to be approved by local officials before a park closes.

Officials look at mobile home parks...

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You’ve got to love California. If you own a mobile home park there and simply want to sell it as land for redevelopment, here’s what the state says you have to do:

Many require park owners to conduct studies on how closing would affect residents. The owners then have to report how they would compensate residents for their lost homes. And, a closure impact report has to be approved by local officials before a park closes.

Wait – you might say – do they require this of any other landlord? And the answer, of course, is “no” and here’s why:

Officials look at mobile home parks differently than other forms of housing because people living there often own the homes but not the land. But because moving a mobile home can be expensive, residents often leave the trailers behind if the park closes.

Now here’s where I see this argument falling apart. When someone buys a mobile home it comes with the condition that it is on rented land and there’s no assurance that the land will always be a mobile home park. That’s the basics of the agreement. It’s a ground lease. Just like parking your car at the airport. And mobile homes are very cheap as a result (think $1,000 to $5,000 for used homes in many markets).

If park owners are forced to go through all of these insane requirements, then they will need to adjust their rents accordingly, right? If you have to basically act as the guardian of every tenant in perpetuity then that’s a service that’s pretty expensive. Kind of like if the parking lot has to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and free auto repair as part of the parking fee.

But even though park owners have this additional burden in California now, they can’t raise their rent to accommodate this insane request due to rent control.

Which is just one more reason that you may have to be insane to buy a park (or anything) in that state.

WBKO: Bowling Green man evicted from mobile home over alleged property manager bias

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Eddie Adler, a long-term tenant at Countryside Village Mobile Home Park, claims that he is being evicted due to the park’s property manager’s bias.

Adler owns his trailer and rents the plot that it sits on, and attempted to purchase another mobile home in the community for his son. After Adler collected the necessary funds, the individual selling the mobile home approached Countryside Village’s property manager, Marsha. It was then made clear that Adler was not welcome in his community.

“The lady at lot 58 went up to the office, and Marsha made the statement to them that, ‘I’m not gonna sell it to him because I...

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Do you notice a new trend in this week’s news stories? It’s back to the media brainwash plan of having every article tie back to the same dubious conclusion and – with repetition – turn you into a zombie that surrenders and starts believing their nonsense. This story has the same conclusion as many this week:

“Asking someone that, due to circumstances, to move out of an apartment with their possessions is totally different than asking someone to move their home to a new location,” Richardson said.

There’s one big piece missing that the writers are hoping you’re too dumb to ask: what about selling the home before you abandon it?

When I was on the Freakonomics podcast recently (one of the largest in the U.S.) and this topic came up, the folks that produce the podcast cut that discussion out. So let me try to use the brainwash technique myself to hammer it home:

Mobile home tenants have the freedom to sell their mobile home. And the freedom to sell their mobile home. And have I mentioned they have the freedom to sell their mobile home?

Additionally, they have the freedom to move their home to another mobile home park and have that owner foot the bill (called an “organic” move).

So why do many mobile home owners simply abandon the home? Because they have bad planning and foresight and don’t even try to sell it or move it. And why don’t they care? Because they value the home at next to nothing, which is normally what they paid for it.

Only when the media comes by – or a pandering bureaucrat – does the home suddenly become highly valuable.

Shocking, huh?

Montana Public Radio: Mobile home tenants win state Supreme Court case over lease termination

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Montana’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of mobile home park tenants, saying landlords cannot terminate their leases without cause.

The case grouped two suits where mobile homeowners sued their landlords for ending leases and providing them with only 30 days to vacate the lot. Many mobile home owners rent the land underneath their homes.

In a 6 to 2 vote, Montana’s Supreme Court ruled landlords must provide due cause for canceling a tenant’s lease.

Democratic Representative Johnathan Karlen brought legislation during the 2023 session to create a bill of rights for mobile homeowners.

"Unlike someone living in an apartment who can pack up...

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Before the residents pop the cork on the champagne bottle over their “big win” they might want to read the decision. Having to give cause for a lease termination is not really that big a deal. Most park owners don’t like to do so because their attorneys tell them not to since it’s not required. But it’s not going to be that hard for those same park attorneys to come with standard reasons that allow the park owner to proceed without undue risk.

The key item that people are missing is that there is no financial incentive for park owners to terminate the lease of a paying customer who follows the rules. Never has been. The only type of tenant that would be terminated would be one that is a detriment to the general community. So effectively they are trying to ruin the lives of the 99.9% of residents who follow rules and pay rent and don’t want their neighbor having three pit bulls in the yard, two non-running vehicles and playing Van Halen at full volume at 3 AM. That’s why the Governor of Montana vetoed this idiocy to begin with, but now the court has once again overruled common sense.

abc 7 Chicago: Blue Island mobile home park residents uncertain over future of water service

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BLUE ISLAND, Ill. (WLS) -- The future of the water service at a suburban mobile home park remains uncertain after residents found out it would be shut off due to the landlord not paying the city in full.

Forest View mobile home park resident Patricia Guzman said even though Thanksgiving is a few days away, it's hard to get into the holiday spirit.

"We're just on pins and needles," Guzman said. "We haven't slept right since this started two weeks ago."

That was when Guzman and other residents Blue Island mobile home park woke up to find red notices on their doors informing them their water would be shut off on November 20 and that it will...

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The real moral of this article is not that the water bills were not paid by the “evil” park owner but simply that, once again, low rents = park closure. I’m sure the reason that mom and pop did not pay the water bill was that there was not enough money in the account to do so. And the only solution – as usual – is for a new buyer to come along and inject a huge amount of capital into the property to bring it back to life. Here’s what the attorney for the mom and pop owners had to say:

A deal is in the works for another company to buy Forest View, Gigante said. "They're prepared to invest over a million dollars into this park and upgrade it.”

Of course, you know the rest of the story. With the capital infusion and good financial prudence to make sure the property does not get into this situation again the rents should go up significantly. And then these same journalists will write scathing articles about how the new owner has ruined the lives of the residents because the rent is now still ridiculously cheap and not just insanely, unsustainably, ridiculously cheap.

You know that’s coming up soon.

The Daily Journal: Half Moon Bay moves toward rent control

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Rent control in Half Moon Bay could happen in the coming months, as four of five councilmembers and advocates want it to help low-income workers — amid some concerns from others that the action could be costly to implement and hurt new housing efforts.

Housing — particularly for lower-income, Latino and farmworker communities — has long been a crisis issue in Half Moon Bay. But proponents see rent control protections as one potential solution to alleviate high and oftentimes unpredictable costs of living for these communities, they said at a meeting Nov. 14.

“I work as a farmworker and community promoter. My husband works in...

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This park manager – facing rent control – had a not too veiled opinion of the end result:

Vance Verderame, operating manager of Canada Cove mobile home park, spoke against the idea, explaining that Canada Cove maintains all infrastructure and amenities in the park and government regulation could upset this balance.

Here’s the translation: “If you pass this rent control we’re going to demolish this thing”.

Can you blame them?

Only in California …

Idaho Business Review: Idaho nonprofit pioneers solutions for affordable housing challenges

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NeighborWorks Boise, a nonprofit organization, is seeking to redefine perceptions of affordable housing by creating quality homes and innovative housing solutions for underserved populations through strategic partnerships.

According to Bud Compher, chief executive officer of the organization, affordable housing isn’t just a goal, it’s a practical necessity for building a resilient and thriving society. “A safe, secure, affordable place to call home is the foundation for growth and success in life,” he said.

Yet, the path to affordable housing in Idaho has faced its share of obstacles, especially with the escalating costs of home...

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I am still a little baffled by this new non-profit vision of people buying homes and renting the land.

To address affordability head-on, NeighborWorks introduced the concept of a housing trust, which was created this year to bring in large sums of money for downpayment assistance. This initiative aims to maintain long-term affordability by having families own the structure but lease the land from NeighborWorks.

While this is effectively the business model of mobile home parks, the difference is that mobile home residents don’t pay much for their homes and are not focused on appreciation. But in this case, you are talking about big price points and down-payments. The only reason people buy stick-built homes is for the potential for appreciation and wealth formation which is basically being eradicated under this concept, as they are basically not allowed to make money but simply live in the home and then kind of give it back at the end. I wonder if the folks buying homes under this program really understand the ramifications. It’s a terrible financial choice for them.

The Daily Record: Doing what they can 'based on funding': Millersburg mobile home park a council topic

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MILLERSBURG − The new owner of the Millersburg Mobile Home Park on South Washington Street met with council Monday to discus plans to improve the property, including removal of abandoned trailers.

Eric Vinson shared his hopes about upgrades and improvements his company, CMH Capital, plans to make at the South Washington Street mobile home community after receiving a list of complaints from the village about the property, which houses around 70 trailers.

"We're doing what we can based on funding," Vinson said. "That's how we're balancing our progress there. I know we've had a few cosmetic and potential safety issues going on there, and...

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Great quote from the city manager: "We want to work with him, not necessarily against him". Three out of four articles positive – that’s a new world record.

Housingwire: Lawmakers introduce affordable manufactured housing community bill in House, Senate

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Democratic lawmakers in the  and  are introducing a new bill to the legislature today designed to both “preserve” and “revitalize” manufactured home communities across the United States.

Spearheaded by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) introduced the bicameral legislation in the House.

Following up on the 2022 creation of the Preservation and Reinvestment Initiative for Community Enhancement (PRICE) grant program that has a similar goal to the new proposal, Sen. Cortez Masto’s bill would make the PRICE...

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Another positive article? Unbelievable.

If enacted, the bill would ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement “a competitive grant program to award funds to eligible recipients to carry out eligible projects for improvements in eligible manufactured home communities,” according to a draft version of the bill obtained by HousingWire.

Grant funds would “assist in carrying out a project for construction, reconstruction, repair, or clearance of housing, facilities and improvements in or serving a manufactured home community that is necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents of the manufactured home community and the long-term sustainability of the community,” the draft bill reads.

Coast TV: "The more the better": Recent discussion over the manufactured home ordinance in Lewes suggests more space

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LEWES, Del. - The City of Lewes continues to discuss changes to its manufactured home ordinance. With past recommendations, many people who live in the Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Community were worried that the city's idea of improvements would actually make things more dangerous. Proposed changes that will be further considered at the city's workshop on Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

However, the latest changes proposed for the ordinance include increasing the distance between buildings to 20-feet instead of 16-feet.

"The more the better... As everyone knows it's a hazardous thing when fires happen and if they look a few weeks...

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Of course the city would want to increase all setbacks – that reduces the number of mobile homes that can go into the park. This is not about some grand concern for wide-open green spaces but simply the universal desire by city halls across America to eradicate and/or minimize the capacity of mobile home parks.

CBS News Chicago: Mobile home park residents plead with Chicago suburb to keep their water on

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BLUE ISLAND, Ill. (CBS) -- People living in a mobile home park in south suburban Blue Island were calling on the city to keep their water on, after the property's management company failed to pay the bill.

Residents at the Forest View mobile home park have until Nov. 20 until their water is shut off, just three days before Thanksgiving, and they're doing everything they can to stop that from happening.

They rallied at the mobile home park on Sunday to ask the city to keep providing a basic necessity.

"We need water. We can't live without water. Try to live in your house one day without water, and tell me that water is not an absolute – an...

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How could the city let the park owner get $900,000 in arrears on their water bill? This article gives me the impression that possibly the city baited the park owner to get in over their head so they could shut off the water and force the park to close. There’s more to this story than meets the eye.

NJ.com: Trailer park heaven

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A barefoot Dave Marra, sipping a rum and Coke in a blue tumbler, leans back on a rusty patio chair in front of the three-bedroom, double-wide trailer he shares with his cousin, John Marra.

The spacious home, at Tower Mobile Homes in Egg Harbor Township, cost $58,000 three and a half years ago. Asked why he and his cousin moved here from Denville, Dave Marra replies quickly.

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Glad to see an article that is positioned to help ease the stigma against “trailer trash” – but hate that they had to title it “Trailer Park Heaven” rather than a classier title (what would be wrong with “Manufactured Heaven”?). But at least they had good intentions, and I hope it starts a new trend for similar articles.

The Intelligencer: Madison County Board approves license for troubled mobile home park

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EDWARDSVILLE — A mobile home park license was renewed for a long-standing trouble spot in Chouteau Township after significant improvements have been made by new ownership.

At a meeting Monday, the Madison County Board’s Public Safety Committee approved a license for Lakeshore Estates Mobile Home Park, also known as Lakeside Mobile Home Park, located at 3120 W. Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City, just outside of Granite City Interstate 270. 

In July, the committee had balked at renewing the license because of numerous issues.

The mobile home park was one of several that changed hands in August 2021 and has been the subject of multiple...

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Another positive article – that’s two in a row. In this one a mobile home park owner makes good on promises of bringing an old park back to life and the city rewards them with a new license after seven years of denial

Public Media News for Central Florida: Ground breaks on Universal's new affordable housing project in Orlando

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The name Universal, often linked to movies, theme parks, and resorts, will now also be linked to another industry — housing.

Public and private partners broke ground Wednesday for a new housing complex on Destination Parkway in Orlando, that will offer 1,000 new living spaces, 75% of which will be kept as affordable.

The community, called Catchlight Crossings, will be developed on 20 acres of land near International Drive donated by Universal. As Central Florida grapples with an affordable housing crisis, where people who work in the area can't afford to live locally, John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer...

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This article has nothing to do with mobile home parks, but it’s so stupid that it warranted inclusion in this week’s news list.

Universal (yes, the theme park) is building “affordable” apartments in Orlando. They’re spending $350 million to build 1,000 units. That works out to $350,000 per unit.

Now you might ask how that is affordable? It’s not. Only a complete idiot would think that’s affordable. That’s higher than the median home price in probably 70% of all U.S. metro areas, including such places as Dallas, Tulsa and Omaha.

Has America really lost grasp of the concept of “affordable”? Is next up an article on the new “affordable” Rolls Royce? How did we all get this stupid?

WLNS: Woman speaks on allegedly poor conditions at Sun Valley Estates in Jackson

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BLACKMAN TWP., Mich. (WLNS) – A resident of Sun Valley Estates mobile home community in Blackman Township is raising concerns about the condition of the home she rented from the company.

Salem Esham says she rented a home in the community in July and discovered a black mold infestation as well as a host of other concerns.

“They don’t care, they really just don’t care about any of it,” Esham tells 6 News about the management at Sun Valley Estates Mobile Home Park.

She moved into the community with her 15-month-old son. Her cousin also moved into the home.

“Our rent every month was $1,203, that was also the move-in cost and that’s all we...

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A resident moves into a rental mobile home and immediately claims that her health is being compromised by carbon monoxide, black mold – even tiny particles of dust in vents.

The management fixes each and every item she complains about, but every day there’s something new.

“At this point, everyone has mutually agreed that this isn’t working out and that we’re happy to pay her move-in cost and she can find somewhere else to live and we can have an amicable resolution to this,” Property Management Vice President, Michelle Oppelt tells 6 News in a phone call.Esham says she doesn’t feel the payment is enough when weighed against what she, her son and her cousin had to go through.

If you don’t know what is really going on here then you have obviously never rented a mobile home to a tenant.

The moral: sell off every park-owned rental you have as fast as you can. Stick with the parking lot part of the mobile home park business only.

Yakima Herald: Costs and stress mount in some of Yakima County mobile home parks

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On a gray day in September, more than a dozen residents gathered at White Dove Mobile Home Park on Rudkin Road in Union Gap to share stories and stresses brought on by their landlord.

In Regal Estates Mobile Home Park off Fruitvale Boulevard in Yakima, 30 people gathered in their community building on a warm weeknight. Young parents brought their kids and older residents made their way on wheelchairs. They filled seats, leaned against walls and spoke about their common concerns.

At Valley Community, a mobile home park tucked behind a 7-Eleven on Fruitvale Boulevard and 16th Avenue, residents stopped to talk on their front stoops and front...

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The park owner says that they “do not want to displace residents, but the company needs to increase revenues to meet the costs of improving the parks. That’s the gospel truth. You cannot bring old parks back to life without increasing rents significantly.

So what will it be: 1) acknowledge that new owners are doing great things by bringing old parks back to life and embrace the reality that rents must go up or 2) fight them tooth and nail and make nobody want to do this important task anymore?

The bottom line is, has been, and always will be: LOW RENTS = REDEVELOPMENT. That’s never going to change.

azcentral: Arizona mobile home parks are disappearing. This nonprofit wants to save them

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It was Christmas Eve of 2020 when John Egan received a notice in the mail: In 90 days, the mobile home park where he and his wife lived in Durango, Colorado, would be put up for sale.

Egan and his neighbors had already been through two prior sales of the park, Animas View, which came with rent increases, management changes and uncertainty about the park's future. But a state law passed earlier that year now gave the residents the right of first refusal to buy the park themselves.

All they needed was $14 million.

It seemed nearly impossible for the park’s 120 households, most of which were low-income. But with the help of local government...

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OK, reality check time. Resident-Owned Communities has done 300 deals since inception. There are around 44,000 mobile home parks in the U.S. If you take 300 and divide by 44,000 you get .0068 which equates to .68 of 1%. That’s nothing, right? So can we PLEASE stop hearing this same narrative about how this concept can save park residents from “evil” park buyers and bring forth unicorns and rainbows and the end of world hunger because it’s such a tiny impact that it’s not worth this much discussion.

I one time found a robin that fell out of a nest and took it to a veterinarian. It may have survived to adulthood, I don’t know. But you could hardly write an article claiming that I was the potential solution to all lost robins. That’s what this reminds me of.

WFTS Tampa Bay: Make changes, or move: Pinellas leaders write in letter to Twin City Mobile Home Park residents

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Hurricane Idalia continues to make waves for people living at Twin City Mobile Home Park in Pinellas County.

Some people say they still haven’t been able to return because of flood damage, and now county leaders are saying they either need to make the repairs to come up to code or they’ll be forced to move out. 

 

“This has been hell,” Erin Roth explained to ABC Action News. Roth still hasn’t been able to sleep in her own bed at the Twin City Mobile Home Park after Hurricane Idalia flooded her community.

“I have a 14-year-old. So, it's been pretty rough not being able to come home,” she added.

We’ve met with...

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Why would you think that Pinellas country would tell people to raise their mobile homes up 9’ in the air or move out? Because they thought it would be too obvious if they said 90’ in the air. Clearly this story has the optics that the county is simply trying to raise the bar as high as possible to get rid of the tenants, the mobile homes demolished, and then have the land converted into a use that they like more.

Click 2 Houston: ‘Just overwhelming’: Entire Galveston County mobile home community evicted

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GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – In what locals call Dickinson, but what is actually an area of Galveston County under Texas City jurisdiction, dozens of families are being forced out of their homes.

The dilapidated state of the Green Villa Mobile Home Community is not up to code according to the City Fire Marshal and code enforcement officials.

Trash, debris, and belongings are strewn across the property, as the landlord has the task of clearing the land and abandoning the business.

Residents who cannot afford to move their homes, an undertaking that often costs many thousands of dollars, are simply abandoning them.

“I actually quit my job to...

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If there was an apartment complex that had code violations, the city would no doubt go to them and say “here’s what we need to get done to bring this up to code and here are some grants and programs to help pay for it and take all the time you need” and they would work together. But when it’s a mobile home park, the city says “fix this up or we’re shutting you down and you have zero time to get it done” and approach it from a confrontational perspective.

Galveston clearly wanted this park gone. Period. Let’s not pretend otherwise.

San Antonio Report: Affordable housing co-op takes shape at Riverside Terrace trailer park

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At least 26 San Antonians are poised to become landowners this month, pending the final signatures for a unique, $6 million cooperative ownership and renovation deal at a trailer park that was facilitated by the city’s housing bond.

“It would give everybody at the trailer park a sense of pride for their land,” Valerie A. Valenzuela, who has lived at Riverside Terrace Manufactured Home Community for about two years, told the San Antonio Report earlier this week. “We’re not just tenants.”

It’s the first time the city has directly invested in a project where residents have shared ownership of the land under the homes they own through a...

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NEWS BULLETIN:

The earlier article said that the residents bought their mobile home park for $6 million with 46 lots but this one says 26 lots. If that’s true, then they paid $260,000 per household so they could have the honor of living in a high-density trailer park. I hope this article is wrong on that lot count because – if not – this is a total scandal. There’s no way you can spin that as being in the best interests of anyone.

The Telegraph: License granted to problem mobile home park after improvements

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EDWARDSVILLE — A mobile home park license was renewed for a long-standing trouble spot in Chouteau Township after significant improvements have been made by new ownership.

At a meeting Monday, the Madison County Board’s Public Safety Committee approved a license for Lakeshore Estates Mobile Home Park, also known as Lakeside Mobile Home Park, located at 3120 W. Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City, just outside of Granite City Interstate 270. 

In July, the committee had balked at renewing the license because of numerous issues.

The mobile home park was one of several that changed hands in August 2021 and has been the subject of multiple...

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This is a reminder that 99% of city governments just want the mobile home parks in their boundaries to follow the rules and don’t want to shut them down. It’s a shame that  Orlando – in the above story – had not shared this attitude and was then complicit in the residents becoming homeless. Cities and park owners can either work as a team and everyone wins or at odds and nobody wins.

My Champlain Valley: Recovery funds lag for Vermont mobile home parks

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Montpelier, VT- A number of Vermont’s mobile home parks were destroyed or damaged in July’s flooding, and Gov. Phil Scott’s administration has agreed to pick up the pieces.

But housing officials say that help has been hard to come by for residents whose mobile home were damaged.

State leaders started to draw up a plan to make mobile homes, one of Vermont’s largest sources of affordable housing, more resilient to natural disasters like flooding.

In mid-August, Gov. Scott announced a plan to ensure mobile homeowners would not have to pay to demolish their homes that may have been destroyed or condemned following the floods.

Scott said that...

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Looks like Vermont makes really good maple syrup but really bad bureaucrats. Can you believe anyone could make such a monumental mess out of something as simple as buying a bunch of mobile homes and delivering them to the spots where the wiped-out homes used to stand? Read this article if you need a refresher on Reagan’s quote that the scariest words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

KSAT: Residents of a South Side mobile home park prepare to become its owners

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SAN ANTONIO – When Joe Valdez and his neighbors at Riverside Terrace first met with the ROC USA in May, they were shocked and frightened to learn that their South Side mobile home park was up for sale.

“First thing everybody thought was like, ‘How much time?’” Valdez said. “And this is everybody, the entire — ‘How much time do I have before I have to leave? Do I have to move out?’”

But residents quickly learned they may not have to move out, far from it.

Instead, with the help of ROC USA, the park’s residents formed a co-op, the Mission Trails Community Association, which is set to become the official owner of the 46-unit park next week.

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Our thoughts on this story:

Not to be a party-pooper but there are two glaring problems with this story:

  1. The residents paid over $130,000 per lot to own the land. Including the value of the mobile homes on those lots they are in this deal at maybe $160,000 per lot. Based on my memory of real estate in Texas, you can buy a nice brick house for that amount in many markets. Wouldn’t they have been better off simply giving these folks $160,000 cash to go buy a brick house free and clear? I’m confused.
  2. The article admits that this is the third resident-owned community in the entire state of Texas. Since Texas has the largest number of mobile home parks in the entire U.S. that’s a stunning admission. When woke media discusses how residents buying communities is the solution to all the world’s problems they never include the actual statistics of how many of these deals actually close. It’s a really, really, really, really, tiny number – and then half that again.