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JOLT: Mobile home residents are seizing the opportunity to buy their parks

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Mobile home parks are coming up for sale and there are signs that a new law giving residents a chance to buy them is working.

Since mid-July, 11 properties have gone on the market in Washington and residents of seven are using tools from the three-month-old law to pursue ownership, the state House Housing Committee heard Thursday.

The other four “didn’t pencil out for folks,” Brigid Henderson, manager of the Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program told lawmakers.

There are 1,169 registered mobile home parks and manufactured housing communities in Washington. Collectively they have 65,175 spaces of which 5,950 are vacant,...

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Can we get a little accuracy on these stats, please? The article fails to name even a single mobile home park that the residents have successfully purchased so far, but names 12 that failed to do so. When you use a title like “residents are seizing the opportunity” it seems more than a little inaccurate if there’s not a single example of this “seizing”. 

KRCR: Tehama County's problematic 'high-crime' trailer park undergoes transformative demolition

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RED BLUFF, Calif. — What is said to be by the Tehama County Sheriff's Office a ‘high-crime’ trailer park in Red Bluff was being demolished Thursday.

The Antelope Homewood Mobile Home Park off of Belle-Mill Road has been a problem area for the Tehama County Sheriff's Office for several years. Now, with the demolition of multiple condemned trailers and squatters being removed, it may no longer be a thorn in their back.

Tehama County Sheriff Dave Kain told the Northstate's News Tyler Van Dyke they have been dealing with the problem property for years.

"I think we can look back at least seven years ago that we were sending complaints...

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Kain told Van Dyke that he believes from conversations with them and the property manager already, the new owners have plans to return it back to a cleaner and safer mobile home park for low-income residents in Tehama County.

New park owners doing what they do best: bringing old parks back to life.

Yahoo! Finance: ‘Shark Tank’ Star Barbara Corcoran: Why I Live in a Mobile Home (and Why I Paid $1 Million for It)

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Living in a mobile home or trailer probably doesn’t always have a positive connotation among the wealthiest class. But, that perception apparently didn’t stop “Shark Tank” businesswoman and real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran from buying a double-wide trailer in Los Angeles.

She recently showed off her mobile home to TikTok star Caleb Simpson in a video tour. Corcoran previously walked the TikTok star through her Manhattan apartment about a year ago, which she also owns.

The Pacific Palisades trailer cost Corcoran $800,000 and she said she put another $150,000 into it.

For comparison, the average price of a new double-wide trailer...

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During this tour, Corcoran told Simpson, “Here’s my Taj Mahal — everything’s little.” The interior offers a light, airy and sophisticated feel, boasting an open-concept boho aesthetic.

Look, any way you spin it, paying $1 million for a mobile home is just plain stupid. The mobile home parks in Malibu have long been the exclusive domain of television personalities who want to maintain a beach address when their careers and incomes are on the downward slope (Pam Anderson after Baywatch, Hillary Duff after Disney, etc.) – and everyone knows that. Give it up, Barbara Corcoran.

Global News CA: West Kelowna defers mobile park decision that would displace residents

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West Kelowna city council has decided to hold off third reading on a re-zoning application that would displace dozens of residents amid the ongoing housing crisis.

Kerr Properties owns the land that currently houses Shady Acres Manufacturing Home Park. It was hoping to have the property rezoned to light industrial.

However, the proposal would see dozens of residents displaced — all on low income and many with physical and mental disabilities.

“There is definitely a need for assistance that goes beyond just the relocation assistance that’s being offered by Kerr Properties,” said councillor Stephen Johnston.

Many of the affected residents...

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“Is this humane? What about humanity or is this all about the dollar?” Carpenter asked.

Kerr Properties is offering relocation packages to both owners and renters.

“As part of our re-zoning application, we have prepared and implemented a comprehensive relocation program which provides transparency and greater notification to residents,”  development manager Travis Tournier stated at the public hearing.

So where do the obligations of a parking lot owner end? Is the owner of a mobile home park required to take care of the residents even after the property is redeveloped? Is it some type of lifetime commitment? The park and the residents had a contractual agreement that allowed them to park their mobile homes on the land for a specified period of time. It was a mobile home park lease that was signed – NOT adoption papers.

WTVG: Defiance trailer park residents given more time to find new home

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Residents at a Defiance trailer park have more time to find a new place to live following a court hearing in which the property owner and the city were at odds over demolition.

The owners of Northtowne Estates in Defiance agreed Friday to let the city demolish 12 uninhabited trailers and give the residents in six other trailers 45 days to find a new place to live, according to a city law director.

Earlier this month, 13 Action News reported one resident was caught between the trailer park in the city when the city said she had to vacate the property but the trailer park said she didn’t have to. It was just weeks after she had moved in.

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So here we have a city tearing down a mobile home park because they want a better use of the land. It would be nice if the city was honest with the residents and just told them that and stopped pretending that they care and that maybe there’s a magical solution out there. Because there’s not.

Fontana Herald News: City of San Bernardino receives $35 million to build housing for homeless persons

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The City of San Bernardino has announced it has been awarded nearly $35 million in a Project Homekey grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to provide interim housing for chronically homeless men in the city.

This is the largest grant awarded during the current round of Homekey funding and is believed to be the largest competitive grant the City of San Bernardino has ever received.

“This is a big win for San Bernardino. It allows us to continue making strides to address homelessness in the City and provide essential support to our homeless population,” said San Bernardino City Manager Charles...

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$35 million to house 140 individuals (assuming even one person per dwelling) works out to $250,000 per unit. At that price you could put them in custom homes on a golf course and let them play 18-holes all day. It’s unbelievable that these non-profits can get away with this stuff without any accountability. 

Lake Country Calendar: Public hearing for potential loss of West Kelowna mobile home park

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A public hearing on the proposed rezoning of a mobile home park in West Kelowna, which may force dozens of people to look for a new place to live, takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The land owner wants to rezone Shady Acres Park, located at 2355 Marshall Road, to light industrial.

Several park residents showed up at council’s Dec. 12 meeting to hear the rezoning proposal be given first and second readings.

The city has already received correspondence citing concerns about a shortage of housing, compensation, assessment of homes, and fears of losing quality of life.

The public hearing will take place in council chambers at 2760 Cameron Road...

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And another park bites the dust …

OPB: Seniors face uncertainty with sale of mobile home community in SW Washington

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The Woodland East Mobile Home Park is a community of residents 55 and older in Southwest Washington, roughly 20 miles north of Vancouver. The Columbian recently reported on the plight of the many seniors who live there and struggle to pay $1050 per month to rent a lot, in addition to their mortgages, utilities and other expenses. The tenants claim the landlord has raised their rent by 250% since he purchased Woodland East in 2017 and have filed more than 100 complaints against him with the Washington Attorney General’s office.

But now the tenants are facing their biggest hurdle. They received notice last fall the community was up for sale...

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The Woodland East Mobile Home Park is a community of residents 55 and older in Southwest Washington, roughly 20 miles north of Vancouver. The Columbian recently reported on the plight of the many seniors who live there and struggle to pay $1050 per month to rent a lot, in addition to their mortgages, utilities and other expenses. The tenants claim the landlord has raised their rent by 250% since he purchased Woodland East in 2017 and have filed more than 100 complaints against him with the Washington Attorney General’s office. But now the tenants are facing their biggest hurdle. They received notice last Fall the community was up for sale and have until Jan. 24 to raise $33 million to buy the mobile home park themselves, although the property may already be under contract.

No way, three articles in a row about mobile home parks being redeveloped. What a shocker!

Apparently $1,050 per month lot rent is not enough in this market to keep the wrecking ball at bay. The property owner tried, but the tenants apparently thought that they could bully the owners endlessly and the plan backfired.

Fullerton Observer: “How to Empty a Senior Park” – John Saunders’ latest assault on Rancho La Paz

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To paraphrase Dustin Hoffman speaking about Peter Pan in the movie Hook, park owner John Saunders HATES, HATES, HATES Rancho La Paz Senior Mobile Home Park. YOU WOULD, TOO, if you were John Saunders. But therein lies a challenge – to imagine you are John Saunders, you first have to arm yourself with boundless greed, entitlement, and malevolence. Only THEN can you grasp how much he hates the plucky mobile home-owning seniors of Rancho La Paz, the ONLY park of the dozens he’s gobbled up to actually get STATE LEGISLATION (thanks to Sharon Quirk-Silva) to protect them from his insatiable rent-gouging. THE GALL!

So for the last three years...

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I know Mike Cerillo and he is a top-quality operator of mobile home parks. Look at the photos in the article of the clubhouse and the street scene. To claim that he has let this property go down in quality is utter nonsense. There are always two sides to every story, but this author only offers one – and one that I believe to be as accurate as claims that Kamala Harris is managing the border well.

WFTV 9: Proposed House bill could give mobile home tenants more rights against park owners

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ST. CLOUD, Fla. — For the past four years, people living in Lake Runnymeade Mobile Home Park in St. Cloud have been fighting to get and keep basic amenities from their property owner.

In the past few years, residents said the property has started to deteriorate, all while the rent continues to rise.

“I was paying $410 a month when I first moved here. Next month, I pay $915,” said Angela Silas,” a resident at Lake Runnymeade.

Silas showed Eyewitness News pictures of gray and brown drinking water and the community pool with green water while blocked off with caution tape.

“We’ve had dark water coming out of our sinks before to the point...

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“What we’re finding is that a lot of the park owners especially the newer park owners, may be large corporations or hedge funds. Do not become part of the associations, and in some cases, some of them are the bad actors,” said Paula Stark, State Representative for District 47.

I’m afraid that Paula has no idea what she’s talking about. I have been in the industry for 30 years and, without exception, the parks in the worst condition are those owned by moms and pops and NOT institutional owners. Paula may be unaware that big owners typically use sophisticated lenders that require property condition reports that stipulate minimum standards. Moms and pops have zero debt, zero loans, and zero supervision. It’s the institutional folks that are actually bringing these old parks back to life, not vice-versa.

The good news, of course, is that Paula’s bill will die in committee since she apparently also must think that Florida is located in California.

KTAB/KRBC: Merkel ISD gives residents at manufactured home park 6 months to move after buying land to expand campus & parking

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13 families have been given notices that they will have to move out before this summer. Merkel ISD bought a plot of land near its high school to expand its campus, which has 13 occupied manufactured homes.

Brad Isenhower moved to the Sunset Manufactured Home Park in Merkel about seven years ago in search of a fresh start after he and his family lost their home to a fire in Abilene.

“I bought this so my son could have some kind of normalcy. My son would have a room… He could go to school, we would be settled. Now it seems like we are being punched in the gut again,” Isenhower told KTAB/KRBC.

The land was purchased by Merkel ISD in...

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Gee whiz – not another article on a mobile home park being shut down for redevelopment? I never saw that one coming …

Alaska's New Source: Facing eviction, trailer park tenants file lawsuit over lack of clean, running tap water

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Daniel Lynch flushed the toilet inside his trailer home in Soldotna. Water slowly circled the bowl, and kept circling and then kept circling. After about two minutes the water finally drained and remained that way for several hours.

“What do you teach your kids? Flush the toilet. Wash your hands,” Lynch said. “Forget that because you can’t do either.

Lynch and several residents at the River Terrace RV Park, which is located along the banks of the Kenai River, all received eviction notices this summer. With limited time left in the park, the residents of the 19-unit park enlisted the Northern Justice Project to...

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I know nothing about this park or even Alaska. But I do know basic salesmanship and whoever thought that the best way to keep this park in operation was to sue the park owner apparently read one too many books from Barnes and Noble on win/lose negotiating and not enough books like Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Not a great plan.

BoiseDev: Bill introduced requiring notification of mobile home park sales to residents

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A new piece of legislation would allow a little more notice for Idahoans living in mobile home parks if their property is going to be sold.

On Tuesday, Rep. Elaine Price, R-Coeur d’Alene, brought a new bill to the House Business Committee requiring owners of mobile home parks to give notice to mobile home associations in their park if they enter a purchase agreement to sell the property to a new owner. Price said this is important because often mobile home parks aren’t listed for sale and change hands in private sales, so residents have no knowledge when their park is changing hands at all.

“Although it seems like it’s farther along in...

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Mobile home park residents often own their homes, but not the land it sits on. This means as property in Idaho rapidly grew in value over recent years more and more mobile home parks have grown more valuable than the homes sitting on it, incentivizing land owners to sell and pushing out residents with limited resources.

This is not a problem that you can legislate a solution to. It’s based on economics. When the land is more valuable as an apartment complex or other use, the park gets torn down. Period. If you want to stop the redevelopment frenzy, then support park owners when they raise rents, educate residents on the necessity of higher rents, give grants to fix old park infrastructure, and offer preferable tax treatment for keeping a park a park.

NBC Miami: More than 200 residents forced to move out of Fort Lauderdale mobile home park

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Maria Bermudes is living in a two-bedroom duplex with her husband and two kids after she was forced out of her home at the Pan American Estates Mobile Home Park.

In October, she and more than 200 residents got notices on their doors, stating that the property had been sold.

They were given six months to move out.

“We see the notice on our door saying that we have until April to move out,” she said.

Bermudes had bought her home in February 2023 for about $40,000 and spent more than $20,000 fixing it up. She planned to move in, in November.

“It was more spacious,” Bermudes said. “It was gonna be our forever home. It was gonna have four...

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It’s not rocket science: low rents = redevelopment. The only way you slow the accelerating pace of these articles about parks being closed for redevelopment is for lot rents to increase enough that keeping the park in place is the most profitable use for the land. How much does that mean lot rents must go up? Again, it’s not rocket science. Apartments rents average $2,000 per month and mobile home park lot rents in the U.S. average $300 per month. Would parks survive from the wrecking ball at $600 per month lot rents? Not sure, but you have much better odds. Otherwise, why would any park owner not just ultimately tear the park down and build apartments?

Triple Pundit: Mobile Home Owners Form Co-Ops for Housing Security and Climate Resilience

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As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

This model of collective ownership, also called resident-owned cooperatives or ROCs, is on the rise. The number of mobile homes attached to a resident-owned cooperative grew from just over 200 in 2000 to more than 15,000 in 2019, according to a 2022 study from researchers at Berkeley, Cornell, and MIT. 

When residents own the land, they can move more quickly to upgrade infrastructure. That’s where climate change comes in. Renewables...

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Want to lower your IQ in 10 seconds? Simple read the following:

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes. This model of collective ownership, also called resident-owned cooperatives or ROCs, is on the rise. The number of mobile homes attached to a  resident-owned cooperative grew from just over 200 in 2000 to more than 15,000 in 2019, according to a 2022 study from researchers at Berkeley, Cornell, and MIT. When residents own the land, they can move more quickly to upgrade infrastructure. That’s where climate change comes in. Renewables — especially solar —  work uniquely well with these types of places, according to Kevin Jones, director at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at the Vermont Law and Graduate School. 

So let me get this straight. Park residents are so rich that they are going to not only buy their park but then rip out all the infrastructure and replace it with “green” energy alternatives? Why stop there? Why not put in a giant greenhouse and grow all resident food needs? Why not put in a Tesla charging station at every parking pad? Seems like the author (who I hope is AI) just isn’t thinking big enough.

The Times Record: Housing authority: Linnhaven owner neglected to inform agency of intent to sell

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Linnhaven mobile home park in Brunswick. According to a letter distributed to residents in November, the park is being offered for sale. The Maine housing authority told The Times Record that it did not receive the required notice, a violation of a new law to protect the rights of manufactured homeowners that went into effect in October. Luna Soley / The Times Record

The Maine housing authority says it never received required notice that Kurt Scarponi, owner of Brunswick’s Linnhaven Mobile Home Center, was intending to sell the park.

According to a law that went into effect Oct. 25, 2023, mobile home park owners are required to notify all...

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Look, the owner for the past 70 years just died and the family wanted to sell the park to settle the estate. A regular person would have no idea that Maine’s bureaucrats were this stupid:

According to a law that went into effect in October, mobile home park owners are required to give 60 days' notice to both residents and MaineHousing via certified mail.  

So now the family will have to notify the tenants, waste 60 days while they do absolutely nothing, and then move on.

Why will nobody publish the actual numbers of how many park residents successfully act on these “first options”? I’m betting it’s something like .0000000000000001% -- and that’s being kind.

Denverite: To protect tenants against predatory landlords, this nonprofit wants lawyers to think like organizers

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The Justice for the People Legal Center doesn’t yet have a website, but the new nonprofit law firm is already inundated with requests for representation, largely for cases related to housing and labor issues.

The nonprofit is the product of years of collaboration between a long-time local organizer and a lawyer who hope to bring a community organizing approach to the legal world. While Denver has plenty of public interest law firms, it’s not a city known for “movement lawyering,” a specific approach to law that directly partners with organizers and activists. Executive Director Dre Chiriboga-Flor and lawyer Jason Legg want that to... Read More

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I didn’t realize that the biggest predator species in Colorado is apparently not mountain lions or bears but instead the dreaded “landlord” creature. I hear they live in the mountains and swoop down on the first of the month to get checks from their prey. They’ve tried to photograph them, but they are extremely elusive. 

Erie News Now: TRENDING STORIES: VILLAGE MOBILE HOME PARK TO CLOSE, CHANGES TO FLAGSHIP CITY PUBLIC MARKET, GIANT EAGLE OFFERING WATER FOR THOSE WITHOUT POWER

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Yes, a ton of mobile home parks are going to be torn down in the years ahead. How can you save them? Raise rents aggressively to market levels so the land is worth more as a mobile home park than an apartment complex (which is what most are redeveloped into). Period.

NPR: Meet the new generation of manufactured houses

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

When you think of a community of manufactured homes, you might picture a trailer park. But manufactured homes have changed a lot in recent years. Today, they may have steeper roofs. They may have a porch. They look much like a traditional single-family home.

HECTOR CARDENAS: It's big. It's spacious. I could tell that it was made at a very high caliber.

KELLY: Hector Cardenas just bought one of these new manufactured homes in a development in Petersburg, Va. He paid a quarter million dollars for it. And he says the relatively cheaper price compared to a stick-built home was a big factor in his decision.

CARDENAS:...

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“And in another example, in Jackson, Miss., a city pilot is trying to add more manufactured homes to vacant lots. And that really is aiming at buyers who have a pretty low budget - so less than $200,000. And that's just getting started there, but I think that shows a lot of promise”.

Only a journalist who lives in Manhattan would think that 1) a mobile home costs $200,000 and 2) that’s a low price.

The Columbian: Rents have skyrocketed at Woodland East Mobile Home Park; now residents want to buy their park but are running out of time

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WOODLAND — Helplessness washed over Woodland East Mobile Home Park residents last fall as they watched the eviction of their neighbor, a woman in her mid-70s.

They stared at the woman as she sat outside the home she owned but resting on the land she could no longer afford to rent. They wondered who would be next.

Rents at the 55-and-older community have increased by about 250 percent since mobile home park mogul Michael Werner of Vancouver bought the property in 2017, residents say. The seniors, many on fixed incomes, are struggling to pay the $1,050 charged a month per spot — and rents are slated to go up to $1,250 in March.

Senate Bill...

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This article contains more B.S. than the livestock pavilion at the county fair. Let’s break it down into bite-sized pieces and get a handle on all the misinformation this article shoots about like a lawn sprinkler.

  1. “Now what’s happening because of rent increases … is people have to make a choice between their medicines”.

    Look, this worn-out expression is used by virtually every woke writer in the media today. Yes, the rent has gone up significantly (since it started at $350 in a market where apartments are $2,000 per month) but the seniors in this article are mostly on Medicare which – even if they don’t have supplemental insurance – pays 75% of their drug costs and, if they can’t even afford the 25% co-pay, the government has hardship programs to handle 100%. If these were NON-seniors, without health insurance, then this over-used narrative might make more sense. And for that matter, why is the rent singled out as the only straw breaking the camel’s back? Couldn’t you say the same about gasoline, insurance, food – everything in the current era of rampant inflation?

  2. “Now residents are paying more than three-quarters of fair market rent for a one-bedroom in Clark County — just for the land on which their homes sit. Some are also paying on the loans they took to buy their homes. Most residents say they’ve reached a breaking point.”

    Look, if you’re paying only ¾ of the 1-bedroom apartment rent, then clearly this is really, really cheap living compared to literally all other forms of housing in this city – and only made more so because these homes are all 2 and 3 bedrooms and not 1. As far as people still paying on the loans, I see not a single home in the photos that could be new enough to qualify. I’ll bet $10 that there’s not, in fact, a single person in this park with an existing mortgage as the U.S. average is 80% own free and clear and that’s with the inclusion of non-seniors who are more prone to buy new homes with big notes on them. So, yes, the lot rent is their actual only housing cost.

  3. “The residents would have to double their rent to cover purchase of the park, O’Banion said.”

    That’s exactly the point. That’s why the new owner had to raise rents by so much. Real estate is expensive and mortgage payments are large, as well. This “resident owned community” nonsense never includes the reality that when the tenants buy the park they often raise the rents higher and faster than professional owners do. Just ask the residents 5 years after they buy them. Most miss the days when professionals owned them and kept the rent collected and the bills down. There are already cases of these “tenant owners” putting their parks back on the market because they’re hoping to lower the rent through better management.
  4. Woodland East residents have a Jan. 24 deadline to make an offer — 70 days after they received notice of the landlord’s intent to sell. The window is also closing for other eligible organizations — including local governments, housing authorities, nonprofits and community land trusts — to purchase the park.

    Look, if I went to a park owner and said “I need 70 days to make an offer on your park” they’d say “you’re an idiot and don’t call me again”. Most park buyers make offers on the spot or within a few days. NOBODY gets 70 days in the real world. On top of that, there is virtually ZERO interest by groups to co-sign on trailer park mortgages so the tenants can run the things into the ground. Only a bureaucrat would think this is a workable plan and that these tenant “first option” concepts have a prayer of getting off the ground. It is literally just a complete waste of time and nothing but virtue signaling by those who pass them into law.

KWCH: Saline Co. mobile home park loses water over weekend, response frustrates residents

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SALINE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - A Saline County family reached out to 12 News after they and their neighbors lost water last week during a dangerous cold stretch. The privately owned water utility serves the Sundowner West Mobile Home Park northwest of Salina. The utility owner said water services were returned Monday but the KDHE put that area under a boil water advisory due to a loss of pressure.

On Tuesday, faucets in Misty Livingston-Holmes’s home in Sundowner West were fully opened, but the water pouring through wasn’t at a strong pressure.

“I’ve lived out here for 35 years and I’ve never experienced a water loss that has lasted this...

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I know nothing about this park but I do know that Kansas has below zero temperatures right now (the Chiefs game was 28 degrees below zero with wind chill on Saturday). At those temperatures you’re going to have a ton of water lines freeze. If this article was about an apartment complex it would never have made the paper but since it’s a trailer park the media loves to beat up on the owner as they have a perverse pleasure in holding park owners to a ridiculous standard that no other landlord has ever had to even remotely hit.

Erie News Now: Village Mobile Home Park to Close; Residents Must Move by End of October

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Village Mobile Home Park in Millcreek Township will permanently close at the end of October, forcing residents to find a new place to leave.

The news was delivered in a letter dated Thursday to residents, tenant and occupants.

The operator of the park said it made the decision to close the park, located at 3028 W. 6th St. near Waldameer Park, on Monday.

The letter said any manufactured home or property remaining in the mobile home park after Oct. 31 will be deemed to have been abandoned.

The deed for the property was transferred May 1, 2023, to Meer Village LLC, according to the property records.

There's no word on the...

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The title says it all. This is what happens when you don’t raise rents and, therefore, can’t make enough money to justify not developing into a different use. Basically, down goes the park and up goes the apartment complex or retail center.

And this is the future if residents and bureaucrats don’t accept the realities of life and economics.

FOX23: Catoosa mobile home park residents without gas show how they're trying to stay warm in freezing temperatures

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CATOOSA, Okla. — People in a mobile home park in Catoosa who are trying to stay warm with no gas showed how they’re surviving in the below-freezing temperatures.

Residents of the Pine Creek Estates haven’t had gas in three weeks since a fire and a gas leak on Christmas Eve.

People living at the mobile home park let FOX23 inside their homes to show how they’re managing to heat water, cook and try to stay warm.

One woman, who wants to remain anonymous, showed a small pot on a hot plate and said that is how she is heating water.

"That’s it. That’s our source of hot water. That’s it, that’s our hot water for the house. That’s how we clean if...

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I don’t know the facts of the case but I’m betting that this park was on a “master-metered” gas system that has failed and there is probably no way of fixing it and turning it back on. They will probably have to convert to propane or all-electric. If that’s the case, it’s one more warning to park buyers about this type of gas system in which the park owner essentially acts as the gas company. I’ve written about this extensively as my very first park purchase 30 years ago lost its natural gas in the dead of winter and I had to convert all lots to propane. It was a nightmare.

ABC 6: Tenants at local mobile park say property owners won't help after days without water

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Families living in the Pleasant Acres Mobile Home Park tell ABC 6 it's been three days since they last had running water.

Those living there are saying property owners are ignoring their calls for help.

We've spent days at the property connecting with tenants, demanding answers from the management team and owners, and also working to get the water flowing for those families that desperately need it.

"They say they're working on it," a tenant who wished to remain anonymous told ABC 6. "That's all we've gotten. I haven't seen maintenance not even people who work here neighbors are helping other neighbors."

"They...

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So here’s what the writer hides until the end of this article:

Tuesday evening, the Department of Commerce Division of Industrial Compliance shared the following statement:

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Industrial Compliance is aware of a water outage that allegedly occurred on Sunday from approximately noon to 6 p.m. Our investigation found that, as a result of the pump house’s door being left open or partially ajar, the extremely cold weather caused the pump and/or other components to freeze, which caused the stoppage. Water service resumed that same day (Sunday) and we have not received any additional complaints regarding that issue. We are aware that some residents may still be without water service due to frozen pipes; however, those issues would be the result of residents who did not take adequate steps to protect those lines from the cold temperatures. As far as we are aware, there are no remaining issues with the park’s water system.

Since the writer knew the entire story was a fraud invented by the residents, why did he still publish it? Gee, I can’t imagine

Business Insider: A millennial couple who moved from Baltimore to Florida explain why they bought a $65,000 mobile home as their starter house

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Jess Carpenter and her husband had never considered living in a mobile home when they moved from Baltimore to Florida in April 2022. But after spending most of a year in a $3,000-a-month rental apartment in Sarasota while struggling to find an affordable house to buy in the area, they reconsidered their quest for traditional homeownership.

They had a friend who loved her mobile-home community in Sarasota, and soon Carpenter and her husband, Christian, sprung for the cheapest trailer in the park. They put 15% down on the $65,000 1983 one-bedroom home and have lived in it with their 14-month-old son ever since.

The couple had a tricky time...

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Our thoughts on this story:

I like this article because it’s honest. It does not sugar coat and the couple have a positive attitude and what they’re doing makes financial sense. It’s a shame that our industry does not seek this couple out and make them spokespeople for the new face of mobile home parks because many young people would identify with them. I may call them myself.