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Speakers Address Rights of Manufactured Home Community Residents

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

Over 150 residents representing 30 manufactured home communities (MHCs) attended an informational seminar in Pismo Beach, California hosted by Golden State Manufactured Home-owners League (GSMOL), San Luis Obispo Mobilehome Residents Assistance Panel and North Santa Barbara County Manufactured-Homeowners Team. David Loop discussed the steps involved in attaining community ownership status, while Bruce Stanton, GSMOL’s corporate counsel, addressed rental agreements, as well as rules and regulations within communities. As MHProNews has learned from, Carl Eric Leivo also spoke of the rights of MHC residents.

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Conversion Statute in the Legislative Mix

April 5th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on an earlier post concerning legislation that a California manufactured home owners association is promoting in the state legislature, santamariatimes informs MHProNews SB 510 addresses the conversion of MHCs to resident owned communities/sites and condos. The new measure gives local jurisdictions authority to determine by survey if at least a majority of residents support the conversion. In addition, the law would allow local government to adopt their own regulations to implement the measure.

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Legislative Agenda of Manufactured Home Owners

March 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The santamariatimes tells us the Northern Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team (NSBCMHT), which promotes the welfare of MHC residents, is linked to the legislative action arm of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL). This year’s legislative agenda includes AB1205, a measure that would provide mediation services to resolve disputes between homeowners and management, funded by a per-site fee. AB 692 provides grants and loans to residents whose homes need repair or accessibility features added. MHProNews has learned it is also funded by a fee imposed on manufactured home owners.

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MHC Closure Ordinance could Make MHC Owners Bleed Green

March 15th, 2012 Comments off

According to a new ordinance passed by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in California, before a manufactured community owner (MHC) can close a community, it must submit an impact statement, provide relocation assistance for residents, and submit a review of the process to the Planning Commission. The SantaMariaTimes tells the amendment to the County Land Use and Development Code and Coastal Zoning Ordinance offers two options: If the home can be moved, the MHC owner has to pay for relocation costs, as much as 30 nights of housing, and one year’s worth of rent differential, which could cost as much as $22,900 per home. If the home cannot be moved, the MHC owner must pay for 12 months rent and purchase the home at market value. The median home price in the county is $147,000. Proponents say the ordinance protects affordable housing. Opponents say it could lead to MH slums. David Evans of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMHCA) says the communities are not cash cows, and many are made financially stagnant by rent control measures. He says, “If they were cash cows investors would be building them. Owners will not be able to shut them down unless they are billionaires.”

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