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San Jose, California Seeks to Forestall Conversion of Land Lease Communities

August 8th, 2015 Comments off

MHC santee ca  utsandiego john gastaldo  creditMHProNews has learned from sanjose.granicus that the cityof San Jose, California has 59 land lease communities comprised of 10,836 manufactured and mobile homes housing approximately 35,000 residents. Many of the residents are elderly and some are disabled, sometimes both. San Jose has the highest concentration MH and MH households of any jurisdiction in the state. Rents are regulated by the city’s Mobilehome Rent Control Ordinance because many of the home sites are occupied by low income residents.

Realizing that a conversion to another use of these communities could displace many individuals who could not afford housing elsewhere, especially given rising housing costs, the city seeks to strengthen its 30 year-old manufactured home community (MHC) conversion ordinance to forestall what it envisions could be a human catastrophe if one or several of the communities were suddenly converted. As such, the city is also including in the conversion ordinance how and when residents are notified and what type of assistance will be provided to help people relocate, especially given that many of the homes are too old to be moved.

The overriding concern and goal of the San Jose government is seemingly to preserve the existence of these communities for as long as possible. A public hearing will be held Tue., August 11, at 1:30 PDT.

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City wants to Retain Manufactured Home Communities

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

In an attempt to avoid the conversion of manufactured home communities (MHC) to other uses and thereby force people to move, the Spokane Valley City Council, while conscious of private property rights, want to increase the density in existing communities. According to spokanevalleyonline, it could also hold down rents, retain the communities and gain income for owners. The Association of Manufactured Home Owners wants the city to develop stricter zone provisions to prevent conversion. Several of the owners of the largest MHCs surveyed object to more restrictions. Robert Cochran, state president of the Manufactured Housing Communities of Washington, says there are already enough protections for residents of MHCs. MHProNews has learned Council Member Arne Wood summed it up: “There are lease rights and there are land-holder rights. It’s a complicated issue.”

(Photo credit: Rudgate manufactured housing community)

Conversion Bill Now only Needs Governor’s Signature

September 11th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on a story MHProNews posted Sept. 6, 2013 regarding a measure in the California Assembly that would permit local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community (MHC), kcoy.com reports the Senate passed SB 510 21-14. Sponsored by Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), if a majority of the MHC residents disagree with the decision to either convert the property or sell the individual sites, the local jurisdiction could oppose the decision but could not overturn it. The bill only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law. Noting the measure will give input to residents as to the disposition of their community, it was supported by several local governments and manufactured homeowners associations. There are an estimated 5,000 MHCs in California with 1,000,000 residents.

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Local Government May Disapprove of Community Conversion

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

California Assembly measure SB 510 would allow a local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community to another use if a majority of the community residents do not support it. The uncertainty of the rights of both resident and community owner has led to dozens of lawsuits. The jurisdiction is not required to disprove of the conversion, nor does it have authority to stop the redevelopment, according to santamariatimes. Sponsored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the measure passed off the Assembly floor in a 41-23 vote, and is now headed for the Senate, as MHProNews has learned.

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City Council Votes to Refuse Conversion

July 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The Costa Mesa (Calif.) City Council voted 4-0 to deny changing the Rolling Homes manufactured housing community from general commercial to high-density residential for the development of a 208-unit apartment complex. An amendment to the city’s General Plan would be needed to change the 55-site community of seniors, who said they were never notified by anyone of plans to possibly close the community. Pat Helgeson, a representative for would-be developer Province Group, says the community’s land is in escrow and will be sold. He notes the property is currently worth $478,000, but says with the apartment complex the value would be $50 million. As dailypilot informs MHProNews, Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer says the city cannot force Rolling Homes to close, and that conversion is a “long, arduous process.”

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Wisconsin Land Lease Community Converts to Co-operative

July 18th, 2013 Comments off

With $1 million in financing from ROC (resident-owned communities) USA Capital, Prairie Lake Estates land lease community became Prairie Lake Estates Homeowners Cooperative, as the residents of this 70 homesite community became a Wisconsin limited-equity housing co-op corporation. The Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) provided leadership and technical support to the residents, marking the seventh conversion for the non-profit in Wis. and Minn., placing 530 homesites under resident control. Nearly all the households in Kenosha’s Prairie Lake Estates became members of the co-op. NCF will continue providing support and guidance to Prairie Lake, as MHProNews has learned from Warren Kramer, Exec. Dir. of the non-profit. ROC USA, also a non-profit but on a national scale, specializes in conversions to community ownership, and has assisted in converting 49 communities in 14 states, representing $116 million in financing.

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Community Owner Wins Battle; War Continues

March 29th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on an MHProNews post from Jan. 25, 2013 regarding an MHC’s attempt to convert to a resident-owned community and the ensuing legal battle with the Huntington Beach (CA) City Council trying to prevent it, the threat of a contempt of court trial against the city finally ended in a settlement, according to attorneys Hart, King & Coldren (HK&C). The city denied the conversion, Pacific Mobile Home Park filed suit, and the city responded by filing a cross complaint that some of the residents were on the city’s right-of-way. Pacific won in Orange County Superior Court in July, 2012 and the city council approved the application Nov. 2012. However, a new city council was elected in Dec. and they voted to re-reconsider the application. Superior Court Judge Luis Rodriguez set a contempt trial, charging council members with criminal contempt of court for violating a court order. The city backed down, finalizing approval of the application, and dropped the cross-complaint as well. Meanwhile, the Calif. State Senate is considering a measure, SB 504, that would give local governments more authority to block conversions.

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MHC Residents Seek Closure Ordinance

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

The dailypilot informs MHProNews from Costa Mesa, Calif., just south of Los Angeles, a number of MHCs, especially those with a view of the ocean, may be on the verge of conversion to condominiums or other types of development. The Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL) has been meeting with residents of some of the 18 MHCs in Costa Mesa seeking support to encourage city council to pass an ordinance governing the closure of MHCs. A measure was approved by the planning commission about ten years ago but failed to pass the city council. That initiative began following the closing of two MHCs in which some of the residents allegedly faced an uncertain future when they did not receive fair compensation.

(Photo credit: Christopher Weddle/centredailytimes–MHC emptying out)

 

MHC Owner Seeks Conversion to Modular

January 31st, 2013 Comments off

The CastinePatriot informs MHProNews from Castine, Maine the owner of an MHC wants the town’s selectmen to convene a work session on affordable housing because he wants to convert a portion of his community to modular homes on full foundations. The selectmen disbanded the affordable housing committee last year. While MHC owner Doug Koos seeks support of the town before proceeding with obtaining financial support, Town Manager Dale Abernethy says the project would require a whole new zone under the current zoning ordinance.

(Photo credit: Anne Berleant/CastinePatriot)

City Approves Conversion of MHC to Co-op

December 4th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from HK&C attorney Robert Coldren that the Huntington Beach (CA) City Council has tentatively approved the subdivision map application for Pacific Mobile Home Park to become a resident-owned community. A recent ruling from the state supreme court requires communities in coastal zones be subject to the Mello Act (which intends to preserve affordable housing for low and moderate income persons, as we reported here Nov. 30, 2012). So at first the 252 site community was  denied the right to change, but a lawsuit by the firm resulted in the city approving the application upon further consideration. Although it may be more difficult to pursue subdivisions in the future because of the recent supreme court ruling, those seeking conversions need to look closely at the roadblocks which may prevent a conversion.

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