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Community Owners, Residents, Agree on Bill

February 17th, 2017 Comments off

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In Utah, the relationship between manufactured home community owners and residents has been a long-standing, and well known battle.

But recently, what some on both sides are calling “a miracle” has taken place.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, those who support resident and community owner rights have joined forces to support a bill to better define the rights of each group.

HB236 was endorsed on an 8-1 vote Wednesday by the House Business and Labor Committee, and was sent to the full House for consideration.

As further proof the day of miracles is not over, we are in full support of the bill,” said Mike Ostermiller, who represents the Utah Housing Alliance of Mobile Home Park Owners.

Our group also supports HB236 and believes it clarifies some rights of tenants, including the right to sue park [sic] owners and collect attorney fees if they win,” said Connie Hill, who represents the Utah Coalition of Manufactured Homeowners.

Rep. Bruce Cutler, (R-Murray), the bill’s sponsor, says that it takes some small steps that all sides agree on, but not the much larger steps that both sides have sought through the years.


Rep. Bruce Cutler. Credit: Murray Journal.

I started working on the bill seeking a home run, but that’s not going to go anywhere. So let’s see if we can at least get halfway to first base. And I think that’s about where we are,” said Cutler.

Provisions in the bill include requiring a written lease between home and community owners, which recent court decisions said were not mandated by rule of existing law.

With the bill, failure of a homeowner to negotiate and sign a lease could be grounds for eviction. If a community owner fails to live up to promised terms, homeowners could sue for damages and attorney fees.

Being able to collect attorney fees is important because most mobile-home [sic] owners do not have much money and have been unable to pursue such legal action,” said Hill.


A Utah manufactured home owner in front of her residence. Credit: Salt Lake Tribune.

Other provisions outlaw so called “unconscionable” actions and rules by community owners, such as community owners blocking residents selling their homes to new owners by refusing to rent to them, because they wanted to buy and rent the homes themselves at lower prices.

A legal help line for community owners and residents that had been operated for two years by the University of Utah law school would also be terminated as a part of the bill, and those running it recommended its termination, saying it was not working as intended. ##

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Tucson Manufactured Home Community to be Developed

February 20th, 2016 Comments off

Arizona_tucson__rancho_los_amigos_mhc__mike_christy__arizona_daily_starAbout 70 residents of Rancho Los Amigos manufactured home community (MHC) in Tucson, Arizona have been notified they will have to move by Aug. 1, 2016 to make way for a232-unit apartment complex. Alta Vista Communities has purchased the community for $4.8 million, as tucson informs MHProNews.

State law requires community owners give 180-day notice to residents when an MHC is to be repurposed. A state fund established in the 1970s, and financed by a personal property tax assessment on each home, will pay up to $5,000 to move a single-section home and $10,000 to move a multi-section home.

The Arizona Association of Manufactured Home Owners and Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona work with community management to set up informational meetings for the residents.

If residents choose to abandon their homes they can receive up to $1,250 for a single-section home and $2,500 for a multi-section. ##

(Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star/Mike Christy–Rancho Los Amigos, Tucson, AZ)

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State Legislature Passes Bill to Ensure Fairness between MHC Residents and Owners

April 22nd, 2015 Comments off

photographersdirect__creditIn Oregon, a coalition of manufactured home (MH) residents, landlords, manufacturers, the Oregon Manufactured Housing Association (OMHA), nonprofits and others negotiated the 2015 Manufactured Housing Landlord/Tenant Coalition, HB 3016A, that passed the House Human Services and Housing Committee with unanimous support. There are no known opponents, according to what the Manufactured Housing Institute reports to MHPronews.

The measure addresses four issues:

1) The sale of manufactured home communities by owners to community residents restores a capital gains tax exemption for owners upon the community sale to the residents, and ensures that community owners know when the deadline for the opportunity to purchase has expired.

2) Provides exemption from the $6 dispute resolution on low value MH that are exempt from personal property taxes. The measure stabilizes and increases the special dispute resolution assessment for residents from $6 to $10 and for community owners from $25 to $50 for communities with over 20 homesites. In addition, by addressing abandoned MH and unpaid back taxes, the bill provides a way to maintain these homes as affordable housing and make arrangements with county tax collectors.

3) Community owner is responsible for maintaining propane or natural gas supply line if that is part of therental agreement, as well as making sure the home is adequately supported.

4) Guidelines for how a community owner may sell an MH in the community on consignment for a resident to ensure fairness for both sides. ##

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Review Board agrees with Manufactured Home Community Owner

April 10th, 2015 Comments off

mfg community  california  progressive housing creditThe Mobile Home Review Board in Vista, California was created by the city to hear disputes between manufactured home community residents and community owners, and to encourage fair treatment, as thecoastnews informs MHProNews. Three residents of the Green Valley Mobile Home Park had a hearing with the board April 2, arguing recent rent increases violated the Mobile Home Park Accord.

The accord was established in 1996 after the city received numerous complaints against community management. Julie Paule of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association said, “It was somewhat of an agreement since the infighting (between the residents and the city about a rent controlled ordinance) had gotten so hostile and I would suggest it’s probably been a good solution for Vista in the long term.” However, she added, “It was never to bring uniformity to rents.

Green Valley Manager Greg O’Hagen said, “What (the accord) does is protect existing homeowners from big rent increases year over year. What it also does, is protect homeowner to homeowner sales.” The accord says the rent cannot rise more than two percent unless there is a break in homeowner-to-homeowner sales. The review board sided with the community owner because in this case there was a break in the chain of sales. ##

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Frank Rolfes, knowing how to find Limelight, touts ways to purchase and run ‘mobile home parks’

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-com=credit-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronewsWhile there are those in the manufactured home community side of the industry that abhor the ‘t-word’ or having their properties called ‘a mobile home park,’ on the other end of the spectrum is Frank Rolfe.

First, give the man and his associates their due. Their total communities would place them around #10 among the larger community owners.

Rolfe finds his way into the news, through stories like the New York Times’ Cold Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U,’ which drew a flurry of commentary, for and against by industry pros. The article sparked a recent comment by Dana Hawkins-Simmons in the National Housing Institute’s (NHI) e-publication, Rooflinesseen here.

In a recent article, Rolfe sounded off in favor of the National Community Council (NCC) recent fall event in Chicago and the NCC’s Vice President, Jenny Hodge. He took that opportunity to ‘dis’ a rival – and unnamed – community owner and consultant, who once appeared routinely at MHI and NCC events, and has since been marginalized by those organizations.

Writing in the Journal of Mfd Housing, under the heading, “The end of B.S. – thank heavens,” Rofle asserts,What was notable at the event was the absence of many self-styled gurus who people used to listen to. They have been discarded as the industry has grown up and the professional owner/operators demand concrete qualifications of their experts.”

The “Mobile Home U” partner says that no one questioned him at the Chicago NCC event about his use of terminology. Indeed, with video footage of MHI’s current chairman using similar terminology, it might make it difficult for some industry members at an event with both present to do so.

Says Rolfe’s, “The industry is poised for a major shift for the good, and childish arguments have been cast aside to make way for more important adult topics and negotiations.” On this point, there is wide agreement.

Indeed, the industry is poised for a major shift, but the debate over the use of the ‘t-word’ or ‘mobile home’ terminology is far from over, as the new interview with Murex Properties and NCC Chairman Steve Adler suggests. In fact, the just-posted article on the “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” points to the heart of the impact of the very challenge that Rolfe claims is no longer an issue, namely image.

Dana Hawkins-Simmons and others such as NextStep CEO Stacey Epperson take an opposing view, believing what you call something matters to the public and thus to the industry.

Indeed, ELS Chairman Sam Zell famously said at last year’s NCC event, “Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.”

Writing in NuWire, Rolfe outlined options for purchasing and financing a manufactured home community. Such articles are Rolfe’s way of getting and staying in the limelight, in order to attract a steady stream of attendees to “bus tours” of MHCs and “boot camps.” These draw potential investors, those who aren’t chasing the same locations the larger portfolio operators seek.

The Mobile Home U partner’s suggested ways to buy a community include,

  • Seller Financing
  • Bank Loans
  • Conduit
  • Master Lease with Option
  • Assignment

Give Frank Rolfe his due. Their operation grows, he has a swashbuckling style listeners find entertaining. Many of this boot camp graduates have gone on to varying degrees of success. He and his peers market, market, market.

The debate over proper use of terminology will rage on, with one wing showcasing a great image, and the other wing of the industry saying the public calls it a ‘trailer’ and ‘mobile home,’ why shouldn’t we?

But is the photo shown above what people imagine when you say the word “trailer” or “mobile home?”

Perhaps the 1.32 billion dollar sale of image-and-brand-building American Land Lease to Sun Communities might have settled that debate, but at least for now, that hasn’t resonated with enough people on the ‘mobile home’ terminology wing of the industry. ##

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Article submitted by Josie Thompson to – Daily Business News – MHProNews.

2015 Louisville Show adds 2 more Free Business Building & Educational Seminars!

November 29th, 2014 Comments off

louisville-2014-seminarsDennis Hill and the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) have announced two new seminars have been added to the 2015 Louisville Show business building and educational line up.

The current plan is for there to be 6 sessions total. In 2014, most sessions were standing room only, so arrangements for 2015 include adding space so more MH Professionals can attend the popular sessions. See map for seminar location, below.

More manufacturers and exhibitors are also scheduled for 2015 than in 2014. As in 2014 and previous years, the show is all indoors at the climate controlled Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).

The current line up for the 2015 professional seminars are as follows.

Wednesday January 21st

  1. Wednesday 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Brokers! Community Owners! Investors – Unite! Ron Thomas Sr. and a north-wing-lobby-harold-workman-kentuky-exhibition-center-kec-posted-louisville-manufactured-home-show-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-panel of experts will present a fast-paced introduction to the many opportunities in manufactured housing, with a focus on buying and selling MH Communities. Have a community you want to sell? Come. Having trouble finding the right property to invest in? Be here – and learn how you can tap opportunities NOW that many large firms overlook.
  1. Wednesday 10 AM – 11 AM. Super-Charged Marketing reveals how to sell more homes and fill more vacant sites! Learn to Dominate Your Local Market with Cutting Edge marketing that attracts more customers with cash or good credit! You’ll discover how the “IGA for Manufactured Housing” plan transforms a HUD/MOD retail or MHCommunity operation’s results. Presented by who’ll be joined by an industry veteran who is currently doing these things successfully. Tony was Standing Room Only in 2014, come see why.
  1. Wednesday 11:10 AM – 12 noon. The Appraisal Rule and Manufactured Home Lending Panel! Learn the latest legal ways to successfully meet CFPB regulations! Dick Enrst of will moderate, with Sherrie Clevenger/NADA and Dan Rinzema/DataComp – PLUS a panel of top industry lenders! If you sell or lease homes anywhere in the United States, don’t miss this discussion! It may be worth the entire trip to Louisville


Thursday January 22nd

  1. Thursday 8:45 AM to 9”50 AM. Lessons Learned in Manufactured Home Communities! Last year’s session was standing room only! Once more, award winning Ross Kinzler of the WHA will lead an all start panel of microphone-presentations-louisville-manufactured-housing-show (1)experienced manufactured housing community owner/operators and experts. The audience Question and Answers along made this a must attend for operators, who came from coast to coast in 2014. Don’t miss it.
  1. Thursday 10 AM – 11 AM. Super-Charged Selling for Manufactured and Modular Homes! Whatever the financing or market climate, you can sell more factory built homes with these proven success systems! Workshop, joined by a MH Pro using these systems to sell more homes! See why Tony brings MH Pros back, year after year, with Standing Room Only education to advance your sales.
  1. Thursday 11:10 AM to 12 noon. Buying, Selling or Refinancing a Manufactured Home Community? Then the MHCommunity Commercial Lending Panel is a must for you! Moderated by expert Dick Ernst of, who will be joined by a panel of commercial lenders who specialize in this field! MHC Lending continues to improve… come and get the latest facts, straight from those who do the deals! Bring your questions for the lively Q&A. These commercial lending facts apply nationwide – so fly, drive or hitch your wagon and travel the Road to Success to the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in 2015 

For an example of what Pros and Corporate Executives said about the 2014 seminars, click here.


If you missed the Show in 2014, don’t miss it in 2015, because the education plus all the side-by-side exhibits all under one roof are an unbeatable combination anywhere in the U.S.. ##

(Photo and image credits – Louisville Show, and MHProNews.)

More Oversight Sought for Manufactured Home Communities

March 25th, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story last published March 19, 2014, regarding a Michigan state legislator’s bill that would give cities more oversight of manufactured housing communities (MHCs), Rep. Andy Schor has been communicating with community owners, residents and local officials, and intends to introduce the legislation in mid-April. Referencing the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing that was condemned, displacing 85 families who were given ten days to find new lodging, he says the city was evidently not aware of the state inspections, reports The measure would encourage state and local governments to work together, while still protecting community owners and residents. ##

(Photo credit: Alan Warren/–Scio Farms Estates, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Payment for Moving Manufactured Homes May Increase

January 6th, 2014 Comments off

Delaware lawmakers are considering increasing the amount owners of manufactured homes (MH) will receive if they are forced to relocate. Tapping into a fund established from a monthly assessment on sites in manufactured housing communities (MHCs), the Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority (DMHRA) proposes to double the maximum relocation expense for a single-section manufactured home from $4,000 to $8,000. The maximum payment for residents of multi-section homes would rise from $8,000 to $12,000, according to what tells MHProNews. For MH considered non-relocatable, payments would be $5,000 for a single-section and $9,000 for a multi-section. The maximum community owners could receive for disposal of a non-relocatable home would rise from $500 to $3,000 for a single-section, and $1,000 to $5,000 for a multi-section.

(Photo credit: Ron MacArthur/–Rehoboth Shores MHC near Long Neck, Delaware)

Community Owners must Correct Violations

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

Two manufactured housing communities (MHCs) in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin in the southeast corner of the state may lose their licenses to operate Dec. 31, 2013 unless they correct zoning and building violations. Westwood Estates Manufactured Housing Community must remove a pile of dirt and repair a stockade fence as conditions to make certain its license stays intact. Scotty’s Mobile Home Park has been directed to correct the violations in seven manufactured homes, as MHProNews has been informed. Scotty’s owner, G. John Ruffolo, a Kenosha WI Alderman, says he was not initially aware one of the homes had extensive damage from vandals, and added that he has now addressed 90 percent of the violations. As to the vandalized home, according to, Ruffolo says he has to go through a lengthy legal process before he can demolish or remove it. If the village declares it worthless, then he has the right to demolish it. Otherwise, an manufactured homeowner can claim monetary damages.

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Dickens Moans, but Equity Lifestyle Properties had already done the right thing

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off

bay-indies-manufactured-home-community-els-creditheraldtribune-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronewsWhen two Sarasota Florida area manufactured home communities had their tax appraisals, property owner Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) appealed the stiff jump in what the county Value Adjustment Board wanted. The appeal was successful. It saved Bay Indies MHC residents some $96,000 according to the HeraldTribune. The nearby Lake Village land lease community also won their appeal in a similar challenge, saving residents there about $105,000 in taxes that are normally passed through to the home owners. At Bay Indies, taxable value per the county rose from $38.5 million to $47.5 million, or about a 23.5 percent. At Lake Village, the value has supposedly increased from $11.4 million to $19.5 million, or 71.5 percent. This sparked ELS’ ultimately successful appeal. But that might have been missed if the only facts brought to light were the allegations of Ishbel Dickens. “The homeowner loses out every time,” says Dickens, executive director of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA), based in Seattle. “When owners pass along the taxes, rents go up, creating the illusion that income and the value of the park has gone up…It creates its own dilemma. Their homes aren’t increasing in value. They’re decreasing more in value as the rent goes up. The homeowner is trapped.” Dickens says. But the facts of the case betray Dicken’s allegation, as ELS not only appealed, but won. Reasonable community property owners want to make it as easy as possible for residents to afford their home-site, so there is a significant degree in the commonality of goals between residents and community owners.  Groups  like NMHOA either misunderstand – or some community owners alleged, deliberately distort – that common interest in resident well being, in order to keep and attract more members. Unfortunately, too often in the media only hear or report one side of the issue, at least in this case, facts presented painted a picture that a discerning person can better understand. ##

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