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Manufactured Home Owners Catch a Break

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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A manufactured home in Colorado Springs. Credit: Factory Homes.

In Colorado, House Bill 17-1354 is music to the ears of manufactured home owners and residents throughout the state.

According to the Reporter Herald, the bill would help prevent residents from losing their homes over delinquent tax bills they didn’t know were unpaid, and is one step closer to becoming law.

The Colorado House Local Government Committee unanimously passed the bill this week.

The bill, introduced by Rep. KC Becker, (D-Boulder), would change the process for county treasurers when collecting delinquent taxes on mobile homes (pre 1976, in a permanent location) and manufactured homes by giving treasurers flexibility on collection.

It will also allow county treasurers to declare tax liens on the homes as county-held to try to address title issues with the homes and prevent them from being sold to investors.

The current law requires county treasurers to collect delinquent taxes by court action or putting mobile homes up for a tax lien and potentially being sold, leading to the eviction of the residents.

Some of the issues have stemmed from residents who are either renters or not the first owners of the home who receive the tax bills in the previous owners’ names,” said Becker.

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KC Becker. Credit: Denver Post.

They don’t open the mail or don’t realize a notice left at the residence is for them. It’s not about people evading taxes or even not wanting to pay their taxes. Then, their homes are put up for tax liens, sold for thousands of dollars and the residents are evicted.”

 

A Potentially Predatory Issue

The proposed bill also addresses another problem in an indirect way.

In what appears to be a predatory practice, investors were waiting to purchase mobile and manufactured homes via tax liens, and then reselling them at much higher rates to residents who didn’t know that they owed taxes.

Boulder County real estate broker Jill Grano became aware of the activity, and when she found out about the next tax lien sale, she bought as many liens as she could. That included 40 percent of the manufactured homes.

Then, she turned around and worked to help those same people to clear their delinquent accounts.

A lot of times, we hear a lot about problems and coming to us for solutions, and I think there is a solution here that needs to happen,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, (D-Longmont), thanking Grano for her efforts.

But you actually came up with a good short-term goal as a solution, so thank you for that — working with the community to stave this off for a little while.”

For more on manufactured housing in Colorado, including the case of Denver Meadows Mobile Home and RV Park owner Shawn Lustigman and the community’s residents at odds, click here. ##

 

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Colorado County Seeks Federal Funds to Assist MH and Mod Residents

May 28th, 2014 Comments off

Boulder County (Colorado) Commissioners gave final approval to a $7.25 million federal funding application for several housing assistance programs to help people impacted by last year’s devastating floods, according to timescall.com. Part of an overall $62.8 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery award the U. S. Department of Housing has made to help Colorado communities, $4 million of the grant will help people in modular homes relocate to a site outside the floodplain, as well as repair damaged single-family homes.

Boulder County’s program for repairing and/or removing flood-damaged housing must give priority to people directly impacted by the flood living in manufactured housing (MH), MHProNews has learned. The application also includes $250,000 for removal of manufactured homes damaged beyond repair in the flooding. The grant would provide countywide housing assistance services and projects outside the city of Longmont, CO which is applying for assistance on its own. ##

(Photo credit: John Wark/Associated Press–South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado)

Flooded Manufactured Home Victims Deal with Destruction

November 27th, 2013 Comments off

The flooding that ravaged Colorado in Sept. destroyed 154 manufactured homes (MH) and damaged 901 additional MH, displacing thousands of residents in the 11 manufactured housing communities (MHC) in the flood zone, according to Kerri Nelson, the state’s deputy chief recovery officer. Some communities may spring back to life with new or renovated homes, but entire neighborhoods in Lyons, Longmont, Evans and Milliken will be history if planning officials decide there are better uses for the properties and safer places to resettle. The loss of affordable housing in northern Colorado communities has been so extensive town fathers are challenged by lack of resources and solid ideas of what to do. In the town of Evans, over 1,000 people lost their homes, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) refused to help pay the estimated $800,000 tab to remove debris from the MHCs, an expensive undertaking for a town of 20,000 people. The denverpost.com also says the waste water treatment plant needs to be repaired or replaced. In addition, MHProNews has learned families having to relocate are finding the demand for new sites and replacement homes has driven up prices in neighboring communities.

(Photo credit: John Wark/Associated Press–South Platte River flooding)