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Organizing MHPs

Manufactured Home Park organizing is a challenge because laws are skewed towards park operators and residents are "stuck" with homes they can move
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Barriers to successful organizing in MHPs

Bad laws in Ohio

MHPs have a bad reputation

"Mobile" Homes don't move

 What's news?

The Community And Shelter Assistance Corp. has helped residents purchase 13 mobile home parks in Oregon since 2008. In April, Michael Fallert and the other residents of Warrenton Mobile Home Estates received notice that the owner was looking to sell. The park includes 37 spaces for low-income residents over 55 years old, many on fixed incomes. 'We were facing a pretty stiff rent increase here, especially if another owner bought this,' Fallert said, adding he and his wife already had their rent hiked twice since moving to the park in 2013. 'There was a rumor that a mobile home park was for sale, that the residents would be moved out.' ”

January 26, 2016 Legal Services reports: 
1. legal wrangling continues: The park operator failed to show up for his deposition and failed to file an answer to the complaint. At the hearing judge continued the TRO that prevents the water shut off and put the park operator on notice (again) that he was being sued for damages. The delay will give the park residents more time to flesh out the damages being sought.
2. In the meantime, the City has filed a tax foreclosure against the park operator, but failed to name the tenants as parties. We plan to press to have the tenants added as parties.
3. Residents are beginning to move out of the park, I assume mostly leaving their old mobile homes behind. Two of our four clients have already moved. Legal aid is exploring options that would preserve this affordable housing for low-income people.
more here.

 Notes & Links

In 2016, RHINO members voted to make MHP organizing tools a new activity.