Posts Tagged ‘relocation expense’

California Land Lease Community on Track to Convert

October 18th, 2013 Comments off

The Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, California, currently home to 104 factory-built homes, and recognized in the city’s comprehensive plan as one of the largest sources of low-income housing, may be sold for over $30 million if owners Toufic and Eva Jisser’s plan is approved by the city. The Buena Vista Residents Association, with the help of state and local programs, offered to pay $14.5 million for the community but the Jissers denied the offer, preferring to pay homeowners $11,000 each in relocation expenses, $21,000 if their home could not be moved. The community is largely low-income Latino, and the main reason for not wanting to move is that Palo Alto Schools rank sixth out of 1,000 California school districts. According to its Regional Housing Needs Assessment, Palo Alto is obligated for 1,200 affordable housing units by 2014, and currently only has 200, and would lose more if Buena Vista is converted. Housing costs in Palo Alto equate to roughly four times that of living in Buena Vista. As informs MHProNews, the Jisser’s lawyer says her clients have a constitutional right to sell their property. The city has 30 days to make a decision.

(Photo credit: nbcsandiego–manufactured housing community)

Measure Outlines MHC Closure Rules

October 31st, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a post we published Oct. 26, 2012 regarding legislation Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed to protect residents of MHCs that close, LehighValleyLive informs MHProNews the drive for this measure began in 2006 when 50 families of the Barbosa Mobile Home Park in Northampton County were given 30 days to vacate with no required relocation expense. Ashley Development Corp., which had planned condominiums for the site, ended up providing $250,000 for relocation expense although they did not have to. The newly-signed legislation, scheduled to take effect this Dec., requires MHC owners to inform residents within 60 days of a decision to close; allows residents six months to leave; pays them up to $4,000 relocation expense for a single section and $6,000 for a multi-section home; and pays $2,500, or the value of the home, whichever is the highest amount for those unwilling or unable to relocate. The site of the former Barbosa MHC has yet to be developed.

(Photo credit: DoylestownPatch—Penn. House of Representatives)

Student Housing Set to Replace MHC

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

The WataugaDemocrat says residents of Clawson Mobile Home Park in Boone, North Carolina were notified April 3 they have six months to move because the owners are selling the property to developers who intend to build a multi-building student apartment complex on the 20 acres. The community owners and developer appeared before the Boone Town Council and Planning Commission to ask for rezoning of the property that now contains 37 manufactured homes. The MHC owners, who cited ill health as the reason for closing the community, have asked that funds be set aside from the sale of the property to give each home owner $4,000 in relocation expense, MHProNews has learned.

(Photo credit: Anna Oakes/Watauga Democrat)