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Feds Bring Charges Against Manufactured Home Community Owner

October 27th, 2018 Comments off

 

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In a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified the industry’s professionals of charges brought under the Fair Housing Act of discrimination against a Tennessee manufactured home community owner.

 

The HUD media release included a copy of the complaint, which redacted the names of two female residents and the name of the community. That legal complaint referred to the location as a 21 site “mobile home park.”

 

Perhaps for that reason, the HUD press release used the term “mobile home park*,” so the  * was added in the release by MHProNews, and a HUD PR spokesperson was advised to look for – and hopefully avoid that – in the future.

 

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The charges, which are linked here as a download, contains sexually explicit language and suggestions.

HUD’s full release, including the aforementioned *, is as shown below.

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HUD CHARGES TENNESSEE LANDLORD WITH SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today charged Chad David Ables, the owner of a mobile home park* in Lexington, TN, with discrimination for allegedly pressuring two female tenants, a same-sex couple, to perform sexual favors for him instead of paying rent. Read HUD’s Charge.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits sexual harassment of tenants and other forms of housing discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion and familial status.

“No one should have to submit to unwelcomed sexual advances as a condition for remaining in their home,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “Today’s charge sends a clear message to all landlords that HUD is committed to taking action against landlords whose behavior violate the Fair Housing Act.”

HUD’s charge alleges that Ables showed the couple sexually explicit pictures and videos of women he identified as tenants, boasted that he had engaged in sexual acts with multiple female tenants, and asked the couple to give him nude photos or videos in exchange for rent.  HUD’s charge further alleges that the owner disconnected the water to the couple’s unit after they rebuffed his advances.

The couple and their children eventually moved out after the owner accused them of paying their rent late and issued them a notice to vacate the property.

“Subjecting female tenants to sexual harassment is illegal, and HUD will continue to enforce the Fair Housing Act against property owners who engage in such misconduct,” said Paul Compton, HUD’s General Counsel. “HUD is steadfastly committed to protecting the right of tenants to be free from sexual or other discriminatory harassment by their landlords.”

HUD’s charge will be heard by a United States Administrative Law Judge unless any party to the charge elects to have the case heard in federal district court. If an administrative law judge finds after a hearing that discrimination has occurred, he may award damages to the complainant for harm caused by discrimination. The judge may also order injunctive relief and other equitable relief, as well as payment of attorney fees. In addition, the judge may impose fines to vindicate the public interest. If the matter is decided in federal court, the judge may also award punitive damages.

In July, HUD and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of housing-related sexual harassment The goal of this campaign is to make it easier for victims all over the country to find resources and report harassment. Watch the public service announcement (PSA). HUD and DOJ are also providing training materials [shown below] on preventing and addressing harassment in housing to public housing staff, private landlords who accept housing vouchers, and residents of public housing and voucher housing.

Last April, HUD marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, joining local communities, housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country in a coordinated campaign to enhance awareness of fair housing rights.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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MHProNews for several years carried articles by the Fair Housing Lady, Nadeen Green, JD, which provided tips and training on avoiding the sorts of things that can result in fair housing complaints.  Green retired over a year ago, which ended that series.

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Mobile and Manufactured Homes Dropped from HOME Program

November 26th, 2014 Comments off

Josh-Cross-GallatinNewsExaminer-Tennessean=credit-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The Tennessean  tells the tale of the HOME program, $250,000 in federal grants going to each of three TN counties, Gallatin,Portland and Westmorelan. The program is designed to repair – or in the past, even replace – homes that had update needs, up to $40,000 per qualifying resident.

Deemed a lifesaver to those who get the funding, among the changes this year is the fact that mobile and manufactured homes will no longer be eligible.

Yet Gallatin resident Teresa White is among those who lament that their conventional house is so cold, they pile on blankets in the winter to stay warm.

(The house) needs to be up to code,” White said. “The reason why I initially built it was so we could all be together.

Housing rehabilitation funds are limited to a maximum of $40,000 per structure. In a market like theirs, that could pay for a new, green and energy efficient manufactured home that would come with a warranty. Homes that need more than $40,000 in repairs will no longer be eligible for their HOME Program.

No reason was evident why the manufactured home solution was no longer being considered. ##

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Even with Thunderstorms, Tunica Pre-Show Estimates Exceeded

March 30th, 2014 Comments off


2014-tunica-manufactured-housing-show-entrance-south-central-manufactured-housing-institute-harrah's-convention-center-tunica-msWhile weather and other factors kept some potential attendees away, preliminary figures from Show Ways Unlimited and the registration company indicted that a total of 2195 professionals attended the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.  Pre-Show estimates on total professionals expected at this year’s event were for 2100 total.

The timing of Ceasar’s Entertainments public announcement on March 26 that their Harrah’s Tunica property would be closed may have confused some potential attendees.

Sources close to the Show speculated that the property may still be sold prior to the June 2 planned closing date for the casino and hotels.  If indeed the property closes, a few ideas were floated for new potential locations for the show, including a new all indoor location in Nashville, TN.

One way or another, this March Manufactured Housing Show is expected to continue on.

Post show commentary and videos are expected in April’s Featured Articles on MHProNews, on the Industry Voices guest blog and on the Cutting Edge blog. ##

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UMH bags 3 in Tennessee, MHCs that is

September 9th, 2011 Comments off

UMH_Properties_LogoCostar reports that UMH Properties, Inc. acquired three manufactured home communities.  Trailmont is located at 1341 Dickerson Pike in Goodlettsville, TN; Shady Hill located at 1508 Dickerson Pike in Nashville, TN; and Countryside Village at 200 Early Rd. in Columbia, TN, for $13.3 million, or about $19,200 per home site. The three manufactured home communities consist of 110 acres and total 693 combined home sites. The properties are located in the West, Rivergate/Hendersonville, and Maury County submarkets.

(Editor’s note: UMH Properties is a publicly traded company tracked by the market reports in our Daily Business News here at MHProNews.com.)

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