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Alleged Bad Actor Faces Lawsuit, Foreclosure

February 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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A condemned home in the GreenPark Residences community. Credit: SaintPetersBlog.

In what has been a multi- year saga, the city of Tampa, Florida is suing the owner of a condemned manufactured home community for millions in code violation fees.

According to SaintPetersBlog, nearly six years ago GreenPark Residences obtained a neglected 18-unit community in the city, and since then, officials with the City of Tampa have been at odds with Rosario C. “Ross” Scopelliti, 51, who owns GreenPark and has allegedly done whatever he can to legally avoid necessary repairs and maintenance on the homes there.

In 2012, city officials had condemned 17 of 18 of the homes in the community, and had to relocate nearly two-dozen residents.

And, it appears that at the same time, Scopelliti was working to get the city to pay him.

Scopelliti has filed for bankruptcy protection, and filed a 15-count federal lawsuit against the city in April 2014 for “inverse condemnation.

In the suit, Scopelliti accused the city of interfering with his leases and undermining his business by offering his tenants $1,500 each for relocation costs.

He pointed out that once the city condemned the homes in the community, residents stopped paying rent, and that the city used selective code enforcement against him.

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GreenPark Residences, red marker on map. Credit: Google.

After the U.S. Middle District of Florida court ruled against him, Scopelliti continued his battle by filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals, which affirmed the District court’s ruling at the end of January.

The ruling then set the stage for a suit filed February 6th in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, where Tampa says GreenPark owes more than $13 million in unpaid code violation liens issued in 2011.

The city is now seeking to foreclose on GreenPark.

Per SaintPetersBlog, Scopelliti is a Canadian native and has previously sued a local government for condemning housing he owned, including the city of St. Petersburg, Florida in a similar case in 2001.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of stories of so-called “bad actors,” including a recent case in Chapmanville, West Virginia. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 30th – November 5th, 2016

November 6th, 2016 Comments off
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We begin the month with another thought-provoking themeEntrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month. save this special address from Donald Trump to MHProNews – and thus to our industry, click here.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 23rd – Oct 29th, 2016

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 23rd – Oct 29th, 2016

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We began the month with this thought-provoking theme: Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day by day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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City Council Approves Rezoning of Manufactured Home Community

 

Friday October 28th, 2016

Equity LifeStyle Properties Leads Up Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Down

A Facebook Sale Turns Into Arrest at Manufactured Home Retailer

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Potential Economic Boom Presents Affordable Housing Challenges

Manufactured Homes Expansion Welcomed as Affordable Housing Option

Head-to-Head: Cavco Stock Three Times Higher Value Site Builder MDC

 

Thursday October 27th, 2016 

Berkshire Hathaway, Louisiana-Pacific Up on Down Day for MHCV, Broader Markets

Officials – Tax Break sought by Clayton Homes

Modular Housing To Help Homeless in Hawaii 

City Controversy with Owner – RVs being denied in Manufactured Home Community

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Rewarding Bad Behavior? City Threatens Evictions, MH Residents Push Back

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Wednesday October 26th, 2016 

Carlyle, Cavco Up on Down Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Mixed

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Insider Trades, as Short Interest in Sun Communities by Fund Managers Rises

Fire Safety Month for All Housing, Including Safer Manufactured Homes

Assistant Mayor Pushes to Remove “Trailer” Terminology 

Election 2016 – Why It’s Not Over

 

Tuesday October 25th, 2016 

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Carlyle, NorthStar rise but MHCV, Broader Markets Take Hit

Big Bet to Battle Homeless and Housing Crisis: Modular Homes

City Stops Construction on Manufactured Homes

 

Monday October 24th, 2016

Carlyle, Drew Lead Positive Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Up 

Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

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City tells Community Owner, Stop Lying – called a “Slumlord”

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First Look: 2017 Home Buying Season

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 16th – Oct 22nd, 2016

October 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Sunday Morning Recap Manufctured Housing Industry News Aug 1-Aug 8 2016 postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWe began the month with this thought-provoking theme: Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day by day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: We Provide, You Decide.  ©

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Manufactured Home Residents Considering Lawsuit

October 19th, 2016 Comments off
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A Shawnee, Oklahoma manufactured home community is in flux after a series of missteps.

According to Red Dirt Report, a number of residents of the Rolling Acres Mobile Home Park were outraged recently when they received a 60-day eviction notice. They are considering a lawsuit after Shawnee attorney Kent Massey invited them to discuss their legal options.

The story begins in March, when Red Dirt Report found that the community’s lagoon was overburdened with too many residents on the system. It was leaking less than a mile from the North Canadian River.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) received complaints and served the owner, Stephen H. Sanders, with a consent order requiring the lagoon system be fixed in order to continue operations of the community.

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According to records, 59 homes are connected to the lagoon system.

But under current standards, it is only designed to accommodate 15 homes.

Late last week, 34 of 59 homes were served eviction notices. Only those who owned their homes were served.

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Top of the Rolling Acres lagoon. Credit: Mindy Ragan Wood, Red Dirt Report.

According to the Red Dirt Report, homeowners were surprised to learn that people who were renting their homes from Sanders were allowed to stay. Many of those rental units were said to be in disrepair, but the rent collection on homes can be as high as $500.

Homeowners are only paying $165 in lot rent.

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Stephen H. Sanders. Credit: SBH Auditors.

I don’t like doing it. There doesn’t seem to be any way out of it so that’s why they have to move their trailer [sic], said Sanders.It’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. In fact, I’m about to retire and I was counting on that trailer park [sic] as a significant part of my retirement.

Sanders contends that while he takes responsibility for the condition of the lagoon, the same number of residents on the system were the same number as when he bought it 11 years ago.

The View from Homeowners

Up until recently, manufactured home buyers have been allowed to move onto the property, unaware of the issues with the lagoon.

Whitney Kucera and her partner, Robert Vanzant moved onto the property in June.

We paid $20,000 to buy it and fix it up, cash,” said Vanzant.

We had a settlement from a DUI accident,” said Kucera who used the cash to pay for the residence.

Now we don’t have anything. And I’m trying to get my kids back from DHS. How am I going to do that without a house? We don’t have anything left,” said Vanzant.

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Other residents point to deteriorating water quality.

When you take a shower, it burns your eyes,” said Courtney Armstrong. “And the water smells like sewage.

Sherita Chaffin has MS, a heart condition, and COPD. “The water is so nasty. I got a bacterial infection and had to go to the ER. They told me, ‘Stay away from that well water,” Chaffin said.

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Residents at Rolling Acres. Credit: KOKH.

In addition to the challenges with sanitation, many residents face another issue. Most residents agree to a rent-to-own purchase of the home and therefore are responsible for all repairs. The local media didn’t address the question if the rent-to-own program is Dodd-Frank compliant.

Many don’t stay long enough to pay for the home, so their units,  go largely unrepaired and end up in worse condition for the next rent-to-own buyer.

With the hope of home ownership, residents often decide to pay it off and then fix it up. Others purchased their homes from Sanders outright or moved the homes onto property they may purchase.

What Happens Next

As for Sanders, who also owns Pine Ridge – another community in nearby Meeker that has also had issues with lagoon usage – he’s trying to figure out the next steps with Rolling Acres, including selling the property.

It’s not something he says he wants to do. He’s retiring this week.

I couldn’t borrow $500,000 from the bank because I’m retiring. The issue isn’t just looking out for my selfish self, but what am I going to do without that retirement? The last thing I wanted to do was reduce the number of users in that park because it affects me financially,” he said.

According to the DEQ, selling would not make the issue go away.

No change in the ownership or corporate status of respondents will affect respondent’s responsibilities under this order.

Sanders points to what, in his mind, are moving targets in dealing with the DEQ.

They regularly inspect it (lagoon),” said Sanders. “I thought everything was fine, everything’s going smooth, everybody’s happy. So, I didn’t ask any questions. Slowly over the last two years they’ve changed their regulations and unfortunately they’ve gotten a lot stricter.” ##

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“From Moscow, with Love?” Lawsuit advances against Manufactured Home Community Owner

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klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park near Moscow-Pullman, Idaho have been in a struggle that bubbled up over their need for drinkable water and other issues. This began last winter, and resident Doris Carlson told KREM News that “I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued a warning to the park’s owner, Magar E. Magar, to address alleged violations regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems. Community residents were told in January not to drink the water there, even if it was boiled. So Carlson melted snow on her stove top to have drinkable water. A local church provided residents in the community with bottled water.

Carlson said then, “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.” When contacted by a local media outlet, Magar said the residents had water and reportedly hung up, perhaps due to concerns over the pending legal issues.

While DEQ lifted the ban on the water, they notified Magar that the system was still out of compliance with the state’s standards. Lawyers from the University of Idaho’s Legal Aid Clinic stepped in to file a civil action on behalf of the residents.

In July, the owner of the community was told not to contact the residents, On August 18, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner denied a defense motion seeking additional time to prepare for a hearing scheduled Aug. 27. DNEWs tells MHProNews that Attorney Greg Rauch took on the case for Magar several weeks ago. Magar had been representing himself prior to Rauch’s appearance in the class action case. ##

(Editor’s Note: While we as a publisher are never providing legal advice nor asserting the applicability of the information linked below, MHProNews has published two articles on the topic of failure to maintain by attorneys. One is linked here, authored by attorney Bill Hart, JD, from the Hart-King law firm. Another was by penned by David E Eastman, JD, linked here.)

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Rent Control Set to Expire Dec. 31

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A Superior Court judge’s ruling that rent controls established in 1984 for the Tricia Meadows land lease community of Mount Laurel, New Jersey will expire Dec. 31 has led to a lawsuit opposing the action. The mostly senior low and moderate-income residents believed their $224.50 monthly rent would continue because it was supported by the state supreme court’s affordable housing ruling, according to philly.com. Forty-six residents of the 400 manufactured homes in the community filed a class-action suit in Superior Court in Burlington County alleging expiration was not included in their leases, and a rent increase would violate consumer-protection laws. MHProNews has learned the landlord, Davis Enterprise, notified them in March their new rent would rise to the market rate of $447 a month.

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TJT Files Suit, Alleges Wrongdoing by Former Officials

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Axle maker T.J.T., Inc. announced today that it has filed suit against four former management employees on the grounds of the alleged wrongful use, disclosure and acquisition of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties and tortuous interference with third-party relationships. The suit names Fred Amen, Doug Strunk, Mike Gentry, and former President, CEO, and Chairman of T.J.T., Inc. Terrence Sheldon. Established in 1977, T.J.T., Inc. is a major provider of recycled axles and tires to the manufactured housing industry. It operates recycling facilities in Idaho and California and serves ten western states. In addition to the recycling business, T.J.T., Inc. also sells aftermarket products to manufactured housing, recreational vehicle, and residential markets.

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