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Carlyle Group is one Resident Away from Updating Coastal MHC in CA

January 16th, 2016 Comments off

Calif___Pacific_Skies_Estates_CRP_slashPSE_Seaside_Pacifica_Venture__creditMHProNews published a story Sept. 22, 2015 regarding private equity firm The Carlyle Group’s collaboration with Pacific Skies Estates, a 93 site manufactured home community (MHC) on the Pacific, and investing $42 million to upgrade the community with new, high-end MH that will be rented. The plan includes building a 1,000 foot boardwalk along a cliff overlooking the Pacific.

The community is mostly vacant as construction crews remove the abandoned homes, according to smdailyjournal, having offered $10,000 to $15,000 to residents in relocation expenses. One resident, Susan Burwell, 69, has refused the offer saying it will do her little good because she receives $1,296 in monthly SS payments, and her monthly rent is $1,200.

While the community is subject to a rent control ordinance, it only applies to those who own their homes, and Pacific had steadily bought the majority of the homes in the community over several years.

While the city of Pacifica had agreed to the renovation, the California Coastal Commission called it a “complete redevelopment” which requires a permit from the commission to proceed. Burwell, now with the assistance of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, says the work being done is illegal because the community has not been issued a permit.

The average rent in San Mateo county for a one-bedroom apartment is now $2,516, having increased over 50 percent in four years.

Burwell has been given until the end of January to vacate. In the meantime, a friend has started a GoFundMe page to help fund Burwell’s move. ##

(Image credit: CRP/PSE Seaside Pacifica Venture)

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CA County Issues Ordinance to Ban Manufactured Home Community Closure

November 18th, 2015 Comments off

san_mateo_ca_mhc__smdailyjournal__creditThe San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in California adopted an temporary urgency ordinance to prevent eight manufactured home communities (MHCs) from closing or converting for the next 45 days in an attempt to keep affordable housing available in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is one of the most expensive housing regions in the nation.

The initiative was spurred by the Carlyle Group’s acquiring an interest in Pacific Skies Estates, an MHC overlooking the Pacific where Carlyle intends to site luxury manufactured homes, as MHProNews reported Sept. 22, 2015.

According to a report by County Manager John Maltbie, the ban on the unincorporated areas of the county could extend for two years in order for staff to develop logistics for relocating MHC residents. While state law requires community owners to submit relocation impact reports to municipalities prior to closing, the condition of the home and the reluctance of some communities to accept older homes can stand in the way of relocation efforts.

The eight communities have 850 home sites but only 350 are occupied by MH. Recreational vehicles (RVs) occupy a number of the sites, according to smdailyjournal, but there are long waiting lists for communities that accept them. They would be covered by the moratorium as well. MHCs in San Mateo County are also covered by rent control.

Housing attorney Daniel Saver, with Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, noting the importance of being proactive in such situations, said, “This is a potential threat to affordable housing and could be a displacement disaster. It’s good to address this in advance.##

(Photo credit: smdailyjournal–San Mateo County manufactured home community)

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