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Teen, Adult Charged in Troubling Tragedy Involving MH Community

December 7th, 2018 Comments off

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Deputies investigated…and prosecutors charged Walter Kenneth Baldwin, 69, 1916 Happy Hollow Road North, West Lafayette, with conspiracy to torture or mutilate a vertebrate animal, torture or mutilating a vertebrate animal, conspiracy to killing a domestic animal and killing a domestic animal,” per the JCOnline, part of the USA Today network.

 

Local media said that a teen posted a video on social media showing him kick a caged cat into a pond, drowning the animal (see below).  The teen is potentially a “helper” at the community, per JC Online. “Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said the 17-year-old boy faces similar charges in juvenile court.”

The alleged incident took place on Thanksgiving Day.  Sources say that “Baldwin told detectives he didn’t want to shoot the cat because it would create a “bloody mess,” according to the affidavit” that the suspect signed. Baldwin drove the teen to the lake, where the alleged incident took place.

 

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You Ready?

You ready?” the teen asked in the fuzzy video posted to social media.  “Yeah, go for it,” a man in an SUV replied.

The video pans down to a meowing cat, that is kicked into the pond, and instantly sinks. “Perfect” is heard on the video from the man in the SUV.

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You can click on this image above to see it full sized from local animal shelter, which provides some additional details to this case which involves criminal charges.

 

Animal advocates have reportedly tried “for years to work with Baldwin to reduce the feral cats around the mobile home park,1 said Jessica Smith, director of Paws Swap and Lost and Found Pets of Lafayette. They’ve offered to trap, vaccinate and neuter the cats with no expense, and they offered to relocate the cats after they’ve been treated.”

Baldwin reportedly declined, per Smith. “If they would have called animal control, they would have picked it up and taken it to the animal shelter.” Smith also said the collar on the cat indicated the cat is abandoned, not feral.

 

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The entire incident is certainly tragic on the surface, and no balance is seemingly available to this report from other sources. A posted comment on Instagram adds to the harsh scenario, “don’t blame him [alleged cat killer] blame the people who don’t pay rent for months and leave it there.”

The Journal and Courier said that they attempted to call the published number for “the 52 Mobile Home Park1 in West Lafayette,” but got no answer.

This disturbing report will be connected to a broader upcoming report, and is part of the mix found further below about media and manufactured housing.  Watch for our upcoming special report on the Daily Business News on MHProNews.We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

Footnote 1)    The name of the business appears to be 52 Mobile Home Estates, and the homes visible from Google Street view are of a HUD Code manufactured homes, not mobile homes.

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City Weighs Repair Assistance Options for MH Community Residents

December 14th, 2016 Comments off
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Residents discuss their options in light of rent increases. Credit: East Bay Times.

Residents of a San Leandro, California manufactured home community are facing rent increases next month, but they may get assistance from city leaders through a proposed minor home repair program.

According to the East Bay Times, the proposal was presented by San Leandro staff at the City Council meeting on December 5th, and suggests partnering with nonprofit Rebuilding Together in nearby Oakland to exclusively help residents in the Trailer Haven Mobile Home and RV Park.

The program would be funded by $150,000 in city tax revenues from the 8.23-acre property and would focus on three key repair categories:

  • deferred maintenance,
  • health and safety fixes or upgrades,
  • and energy efficient upgrades, such as new windows or energy-efficient appliances.

 

The program’s goal is to cut key expenses for some residents and address potentially expensive fixes to their homes,” San Leandro Community Development Director Cynthia Battenberg told the council.

This is a way to assist owner-occupied mobile home [sic] units in taking care of their property and keeping their value.

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Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park (marked.) Credit: Google.

The proposal comes after Trailer Haven residents approached the city, stating that rent increases set to take effect in January are excessive and may force some of them to move out.

The East Bay Times reports that the increases were imposed by the property’s new owners, San Leandro Mobile Home & RV Park LP, but property management representatives have said the increases are needed to offset deferred maintenance costs as well as taxes and fees that rose when they bought the site.

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Cascade Corporate Management, a Sacramento, California-based manufactured home community and RV park management company that oversees the Trailer Haven operations, notified residents of the rent increase in September, which averages about $117 per site, along with a $45 sewer and water charge.

Based on the response and the communication between our resident meetings, I can understand the impact that it’s going to have,” said Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny to the city council.

I think it’s going to be nominal compared to some of the public concern. I think some of the concern was amplified with residents who weren’t even residents of our mobile home community.

Councilwoman Corina Lopez believes that a 15 to 25 percent rent increase is excessive and hopes the park’s new owners will adjust it.

Bring that amount down and smooth your increases over time so it’s more bearable for the people who are residing there,” said Lopez.

I understand that you have managing expenses and you’re looking to do some capital improvements, but this is quite significant for a population that we understand to be encumbered by poverty.

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Trailer Haven residents Maxine Ventura (right) with her daughter. Credit: East Bay Times.

San Leandro Mobile Home & RV Park LP is planning to extend a 10 percent discount on rent to income-eligible renters in the Trailer Haven community. Eligible households must not have incomes that exceed 50 percent of the area’s median income, or $32,200 for a single person, $36,800 for two people, and $46,000 for four people.

I support the city’s home repair program proposal,” said Councilman Ben Lee.

But I’m particularly concerned about those residents whose incomes are below those thresholds. I worry that rents may not be affordable for some residents even with a 10 percent discount.

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Let’s face it, even 10 percent off a 25 percent increase, if it was that, is still a 15 percent increase, and there’s going to be some of our long-term San Leandro residents who are going to be forced out of their homes,” said Councilman Jim Prola.

I’ve seen this too often in San Leandro lately, where people come in from outside, buy up property and then put the rents up to such an extreme level that our own homeowners can’t afford to stay here.

City staff plans to bring a formal grant program for the Trailer Haven community to the council in February or March. If approved, it could start as early as spring 2017, but it would take about a year for city staff to review residents’ applications and start improvements.

The Daily Business News recently covered resident protests at Trailer Haven, including the push for rent control as a solution. That story is linked here.

For an industry legal commentary on why rent control is the wrong move for local governments to enact, please click here. ##

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Utility Shutdown Could Lead to MH Community Being Condemned

November 10th, 2016 Comments off
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Residents of the Prince Mobile Home Park in Tucson, Arizona lost power – and it seems there’s nothing that they can do about it.

There’s no power in this place at all. None of the trailers [sic] here got power,” said resident David Vaughn.

According to Tucson News Now, Tucson Electric Power said that they provided the community owner multiple warnings that if the outstanding bill was not paid, they would cut off the power.

Local media said the owner declined to pay the bill.

We can’t have food in our refrigerator because the refrigerators not working so we have to eat out,” resident Angel Luna said.

We can’t even take hot showers because we have no electricity. Can’t do anything. Can’t wash dishes in hot water or give my daughter a shower,” said another resident.

The manager of the community, who declined to speak on camera, told Tucson News Now that his hands are tied because the owner pays the bills.

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He also shared that he lives in the community and has also been affected by the lack of power.

They’re talking about maybe closing down the trailer park [sic] because of all this so that means everybody will be out of a place,” said Vaughn. “I’ve paid, I’ve paid up full and I’m just irritated with the whole situation.

According to the Pima County Assessor, California based Talazera Holding Group, LLC is the owner of the community.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of cases involving mismanagement of information and property recently, including a similar case in Pennsylvania. ##

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Manufactured Home Community Bankruptcy Puts Residents in Limbo

November 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Residents of Valley View Estates in Archibald, Penn. are in a state of limbo. On the surface, the culprit is bankruptcy. Digging deeper, what caused the bankruptcy appears to be a case of mismanagement.

According to The Times-Tribune, park owners Margaret Mary Barrett and Egan Enterprises, Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in February. Barrett inherited the business and the community — which is populated with aging pre-HUD code trailers and mobile homes — when her husband died; but according to her attorney, she has never seen any profit from it. Her son, Eugene Egan, had been in charge of operations.

From my review of the finances, it doesn’t look like the park’s been managed well,” said Barrett’s attorney, John DiGiamberardino.

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John DiGiamberardino. Credit: CDL Law.

Residents told The Times-Tribune they had never met Barrett, having paid rent and made maintenance requests exclusively to Egan.

The community was in the news in September 2015, when Egan failed to pay the community’s water bill and Pennsylvania American Water Co. suspended service. A temporary water tank was set up in the middle of the park until the issue was resolved.

It turned out the issues were much deeper.

A few months prior to the issue with Pennsylvania American Water Co., residents received letters from the Lackawanna County tax office. The letters warned if they didn’t pay thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes for the homes, which are separate from the land, their homes would be sold via a tax upset sale.

I don’t believe any of the trailers have proper titles,said Robert H. Holber, a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice. “Many residents moved in with rent-to-own agreements, but they never received bills of sale and were unclear on who should be paying the taxes.

With the condition of the homes, officials say it is unlikely that they would be purchased at auction.

“Unless the county tax claim office gets express permission from the bankruptcy court, [the homes] may not be sold before the bankruptcy case concludes,” DiGiamberardino said.

According to The Times-Tribune, about 45 homes in the community are sagging and aged, patched together with plastic and plywood, and have junk piled up high around them.

As the trustee, Holber now pays the water, garbage collection and sewer bills. He says the rent checks that come in are the only revenue to keep resources going.

In fact, the failure to pay rent has a direct, unfortunate relationship to any repairs that I might be willing to make,” he said. “There’s just no money.

 

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A resident at Valley View Estates in September 2015. Credit: The Times-Tribune.

For residents of Valley View Estates, actions – and reactions – vary.

Ronald James told The Times-Tribune that he happily continues to pay his $280 monthly rent.

He says he’s lived at the park since 1972. His father, a plumber, installed the park’s first water lines.

You don’t live nowhere for free, do you?” said James. “Where else are you going to go for $280?

Others like James agree and say they appreciate a low-cost residence and work to keep their lots and homes clean, but say others in the community bring bad elements, such as drugs and other problems.

It’s not a bad place,” said resident Joe Hager. “There’s a lot of nice people in here, but there’s a lot of not-nice people in here.

Resident Becky Pidich, who like others has an uncertain future at Valley View, freely admits that she stopped paying her rent some time ago.

Holber said that he could evict residents who don’t pay rent, but is sympathetic to their situation.

I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “People should pay their rent, but I understand it’s a tough situation.

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A Valley View Estates resident using the temporary water system, September 2015. Credit: The Times-Tribune.

After an upset sale conducted in September of 2015 resulted in no homes being sold, Lackawanna County tax claims Director Ron Koldjeski negotiated deals with individual residents, the borough and Valley View School District to offer residents their homes in a private sale.

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Ron Koldjeski. Official Photo.

Residents could pay $500 and watch the tax liability disappear,” said Koldjeski.

Some took the offer, but the program halted amid the bankruptcy proceedings.

What’s Next?

While residents remain in limbo, Archibald borough manager Jack Giordano says that he’s received interest from buyers, and hopes that any buyer would have experience operating a manufactured home community.

There’s a need for that type of housing,” Giordano said. “If they’re willing to make sure the people bring their properties up to code and run the park appropriately, it would be great.

The Daily Business News has covered similar situations in Manassas, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas recently. ##

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Plans Move Forward on New Canadian MH Community

June 10th, 2016 Comments off

canada_bc__Sage_Creek_MHCFrom eaglevalleynews in southeast British Columbia, Canada MHProNews has learned Sicamous, BC developer Darrel Trouton is seeking municipal approval to site manufactured homes in an area targeted to affordable housing, but requiring rezoning from R1A, urban single-family home to include CSA-approved Z240, which is for manufactured homes (MH), but would include single-family.

Community planner Mike Marrs said the R1A zone was created to provide smaller lots for affordable housing, part of the conditional exclusion the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) agreed to in 2009. The proposal was then redesigned with 102 home lots and a site for a 45-unit apartment building.

Coun. Jeff Mallmes expressed concern over the inclusion of MH. Marrs replied that is not under the jurisdiction of the district, that usually the developer or property have restrictions and standards that must be met.

Town Planner Evan Parliament, noting some conditions would have to apply to maintain an R1A zone, said, “That’s why you have first reading tonight. You have to go to the referrals, but we also want an opportunity to sit down with the owner and our legal team to bring in some tools to insure the integrity of the R1 is maintained, even though we’re adding this permitted use – so the form and character, the feel of the subdivision meets the integrity of an R1A.”

The council voted in favor of the first reading with one councillor opposed. Sicamous is in southeast British Columbia. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News May 22-May 29, 2016

May 29th, 2016 Comments off

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NeighborWorks, Clayton Homes Partner with Next Step Homes in Waco, Texas

How a Professional Couple saved $100,000 on a New Home in Tennessee

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

MH Communities closing in Minnesota, New York. Cavco stock closes above $100. New home, pending home and existing home sales all rise. Grant will help repair MH in NC. Modular home dealer jailed. MH community charged with violating state, federal Fair Housing laws. Investors alter s takes in Sun, Patrick. Affordable housing shortage could crimp senior lifestyle. Vertical gardens rise in self-sustaining community. Keiser closing leaves jobs undone. Patrick completes acquisition. Much, much more in news, views and tips you can use.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

North Carolina Grant will help MH Residents Repair Homes

Friday, May 27

Former MH Community Property will Host Modular Homes for Homeless

Minnesota MH Community Closing, Consultant Helping with Relocation

Cavco’s Stock Gains 4.76%, closes at $100.23

Drew Declares Quarterly Dividend

New Home Sales Spike; Pending and Existing Home Sales also Rise

Modular Home Dealer Ordered to Jail on 21 Theft Charges

Thursday, May 26

Investors Alter Stakes in Sun Communities and Patrick Industries

Skyline Advances the most on Otherwise Quiet Trading Day

Lawsuit Charges Eviction from MH Community is Discriminatory

Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing

MH Community Closing, Residents trying to Stave off Displacement

Wednesday, May 25

Cavco Industries Releasing Quarterly Numbers May 26

VA MH Community Charged with Violating the Fair Housing Law

Northstar, Skyline Advance over Four percent

New Home Sales Surge in April, especially in the Northeast

MH Industry Leaders Pursue New Marketing Strategies

Shortage of Affordable Housing Could Severely Impact 40% of Boomers

Tuesday, May 24

Ireland Dealing with Severe Affordable Housing Shortage

Self-sustaining Community Features Vertical Gardens

All MH-related Stocks, except one, advance; Dow gains over 200 Points

Lippert Celebrating 60 Years in Business

Strong Dollar Driving Down Foreign Home Buyers in Miami

The Tesla of Housing” Claims Dutch Architect Knijtijzer

Monday, May 23

Modular Apartment Builder Seeks Replacement for Keiser

Patrick Completes Acquisition of Cana Holdings

MHCV Edges Up, Third Avenue Value Gains +0.86%, Major Indices Slip

Inventory of New Homes Continues Falling

Manufactured Home Community in New York set to Close

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News May 15-May 22, 2016 ##

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$1,000,000,000+ Property Damage in North Bay Earthquake, most Manufactured Homes Survive

August 25th, 2014 Comments off

nbc-bay-area=credit-napa-earthquake-august2014-manufactured-homes-survive-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The north bay area, near Napa, CA was rocked Sunday August 24 by a 6.0 magnitude earth quake, followed by over 50 aftershocks. NBC Bay Area TV’s Vicky Nguyen tells MHProNews

that some 33 buildings were red tagged by inspectors in Napa, while newer and more earth quake resistant city hall was still safe to enter. Tanya Mahaphon, a business owner, said how critical it was for her building’s survival that the building be properly anchored down.

A state of emergency was declared by Governor Jerry Brown in the wake of an estimated billion dollars or more in property damage.

Some news outlets reported that 4 homes in a “mobile home park” where destroyed when the homes’ concrete block supports gave way, apparently causing gas lines to rupture, catch fire from sparks which in turned burned those houses. Some neighboring homes had vinyl siding melt from the heat of the flames. But as local media’s own images demonstrate, surrounding homes that were better installed to modern standards did not suffer similar catastrophic loses. nbc-bay-area=credit-mhome-fell-off-blocks-gas-ruptured-burned-neighboring-homes-okay-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com- Mahaphon’s point about anchoring multi-million dollar commercial buildings properly clearly applies to manufactured homes or to those pre-HUD Code mobile homes that didn’t have modern installation standards in place when they were sold decades ago. The melted siding would have melted on conventional houses, as well as on manufactured homes.

NBC Bay Area’s Bob Redell reported that no one was seriously hurt or killed in the MH community. Meanwhile hundreds of North Bay Area residents poured into local healthcare facilities for treatment of injuries. The quake is said to be the worst to hit in about 25 years. ##

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Free Manufactured Housing Finance, Business Seminars and Forecast

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

standing-room-only-2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-seminar-room-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-Some 2100 +/- manufactured housing industry professionals from all segments of the industry are expected at the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Registrations have come in from states coast to coast.

The Tunica Show features more homes and exhibitors than any other industry trade show in North America. Networking and free luncheon’s are part of the show line up.

Popular finance and business building seminars are offered free to industry attendees. General information about the finance and business building seminars are found linked here.

Tunica offers popular free manufactured and modular home finance panels, which features top industry lenders as well as MH Community commercial lending panels, both moderated by MH finance expert, Dick Ernst..

Business Building CRM, Marketing and Sales building programs and a Manufactured Home Community Lesson’s Learned panel discussion are on the schedule. A guest column by Brad Nelms on Why Retailers and Community Operators should Go Tunica, is linked here.

A possible program change may occur in the MHC Lessons Learned panel, which is being moderated by the National Community Council’s VP, Jenny Hodge. Rick Rand has advised seminar management that he may not be able to attend, but seasoned veteran and MHC-MD.com consultant, L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be available as an alternate panelist for that session. Featured MHC panel experts include Tammy Fonk with CBRE who has years of experience in a family owned community, as well as Maria Horton, a respected executive from west coast MHC powerhouse Newport Pacific. Seminars will be held in the Harrah’s Convention Center exhibit hall.

Video interviews are planned at the show, such as the ones linked here.

The current forecast for the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show is a sunny on Wednesday 3/26/2014 with a low of 43 degrees and a high of 55. Thursday’s forecast is partly cloudy, with a 10% chance of rain, low of 54 and a high of 63. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny, but 40% chance of rain, with a low of 43 and a high of 69.

This is an industry trade show, and is not open to the general public. Industry professionals are reminded that they can typically gain free admission by bringing their photo ID and business card. ##

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High Demand for Manufactured Homes in Manitoba, but limited spaces in MH Communities

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

credit-cbc-news-Demand for Canada’s version of manufactured housing is rising rapidly in Manitoba, at the very time spaces in provincial land lease communities are scarce. With single family home sales in the region averaging $285,000, a new manufactured home in Manitoba for $115,000 looks very reasonable. So it is no surprise that sales rose 11% in 2012 over 2012, and sales are up some 20% in 2013 over 2012. However, the sad reality of the impact of rent control measures are playing out here in a dramatic fashion. Manufactured home community (MHC) owners are limited in their options for development due to laws that place a 1% annual caps on rate increases. Choking off return on investment options for MHC owners causes some to sell their property for other uses, which then displaces residents who are unable to find a space in another land lease MH Community. One such community is Kingsway Kort in Brandon, where resident Colleen Weisbrodt is one of 140 households forced to move due to the park’s closure. Weisbrodt can’t find a vacancy in another community, which Glendale MHC owner Kenny Choy, explains to CBC News is common. Choy’s community has 230 home sites on 30 acres of land and has been full for 10 years. Current law creates disincentives to develop, in spite of the market demand for affordable manufactured homes. ##

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Time to Support H.R. 1779 is Now

August 20th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute reminds industry members that the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (H.R. 1779) has 50 co-sponsors and needs more support. The measure would preserve access to those seeking financing to purchase manufactured housing. Congress is on recess until Sept. 9, and MHProNews understands many representatives are in their home districts where they may be readily contacted. MHI suggests manufactured housing (MH) industry stakeholders invite their representative and staff to tour a factory in their district or an MH community to witness the importance of affordable housing. Another idea: Include them in a board meeting of the state association, or host a roundtable discussion with the representative and local industry leaders.

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