Social Security benefits should be going up, not the land-rent for seniors

“Residents of the Greenbriar Village development say owner Equity LifeStyle Properties has been unjustly increasing their land rents, and there’s nothing they can do about it. Equity is the largest manufactured home community company in the United States and in some cases has increased land rents more than 100 percent in a year, said Randy Schaffer, the president of the Greenbriar homeowners association.” [Read more…]

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A positive, but partial, step for manufactured homes in Pennsylvania

“Some of the Barbosa residents had lived decades there, with everything they owned tucked between the prefab walls of a 60-foot-long trailer. Under previous rules, they had 30 days to vacate and no required help in paying to move.” [Read more…]

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Same American story, this time in Wisconsin

“News coverage of the park’s final exodus was predictably depressing: Hickory Lane residents without the means to rent apartments were faced with living in their cars, at a campground or in a homeless shelter.” [Read more…]

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The state of the American Dream in Stonegate and Sunset Village

Here’s a story from the Chisago County Press. That’s Chisago County, Minnesota — north of the Twin Cities and south of Duluth. The county is home to about 54,000 people, including the 50 households of a neighborhood called Stonegate in Lindstrom, Minn. The Press’ Denise Martin tells us about those families and their impressive battle [Read More…]

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WWGBD? In a political war over trailer parks, nobody wins

I’ve written a lot here about trailer parks. That’s the common, somewhat derogatory, term for manufactured housing communities in which residents own their houses, but not the land beneath them. The problem with mobile homes is that they’re not really mobile. They’re anchored to a particular site, and detaching them to transport them elsewhere is [Read More…]

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Equifax, Experian and TransUnion await their asbestos moment

If you watch late-night television, you’re bound to see plenty of commercials for law firms soliciting clients for their big class-action suits involving asbestos and mesothelioma, or targeting those who’ve suffered side effects from a wide array of popular medicines. I will take it as a sign that America is getting better when I start [Read More…]

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Voters shoot down unlimited power for landlords

So the big news from the election that everyone was watching yesterday is cause for celebration. Oh, no, I don’t mean the Wisconsin recall. That’s awful. I mean the defeat of Proposition E in Oceanside, Calif.: In election returns updated early Wednesday morning, Oceanside voters rejected an ordinance that would phase out rent control in [Read More…]

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Another post about manufactured housing

I know I’ve written this same post every few months about manufactured homes (or “mobile homes” or “trailer parks”). But it keeps happening. It’s always happening. All that changes are the names of the towns, of the parks, of the councils and legislatures, and of the desperate homeowners explaining to reporters that they just don’t [Read More…]

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