Manufactured Housing

In most states, a manufactured housing community can be sold out from under the residents without giving the residents any advance notice or any opportunity to purchase the community themselves. A few states require the residents to be given advance notice and an opportunity to purchase the community, but in most of these states there are significant gaps in the law.

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Policy Analysis

Local Policy Advocacy (Policy Guide),  Dec. 2009

Resident Ownership of Manufactured Home Communities

First Steps Toward a Resident Purchase Opportunity (Policy Guide), August 2011

Promoting Resident Ownership of Communities (Policy Guide with model law and full text of existing laws), November 2011

Promoting Resident Ownership of Communities (Policy Brief)

Summary of State Purchase Opportunity Laws for Residents of Manufactured Home Communities, July 2012

Compendum of Existing Manufactured Housing Park Laws That Foster Resident Ownership of Manufactured Home Communities , July 30, 2012

Fundamental Freedoms in Manufactured Home Communities

Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Communities (Policy Guide with model law) and Appendix (full text of state laws)

Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Communities (2-page Policy Brief)

Titling and Financing of Manufactured Homes

Accessing Public Resources for Homes and Communities (Sept. 2010)

Financing Homes in Communities (Policy Guide) (Sept. 2008)

Financing Homes in Communities (Policy Brief)

Titling Homes as Real Property (Policy Analysis)

Titling Homes as Real Property (Policy Brief) 

Comprehensive Model Law

AARP: Manufactured Housing Tenants: Shifting the Balance of Power, June 2004

Testimony

Comments to the FHFA Regarding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Enterprise Duty to Serve Underserved Markets, July 22, 2010

Comments to the FHFA on the Duty to Serve, September 18, 2009

Testimony before the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives regarding H.B. 1673, September 3, 2008

Letter to Environmental Matters Committee regarding H.B. 1382, March 13, 2008

Testimony before the Environmental Matters Committee of the Maryland General Assembly regarding H.B. 1382, March 12, 2008

Administrative Agency Comments

Group Comments to the Federal Reserve Board, the CFPB, FDIC, FHA, NCUA, and OCC re: Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, Sept. 9, 2013

Additional Comment of the National Consumer Law Center on behalf of its low-income clients Regarding Manufactured Housing, July 22, 2011

Resources for Attorneys

Consumer Warranty Law
A comprehensive guide to consumer warranty claims, including a chapter on manufactured homes.

Repossessions
A detailed analysis of consumer protections against repossession, including lengthy subsections on manufactured home repossessions.

Foreclosures
A guide to defending consumers from foreclosure, including a chapter on manufactured homes.

Background Information and Resources

NCLC Guide to Mobile Homes

Materials from Homes on Land of Another Symposium, November 8, 2007, Washington, D.C.