January 15, 2015 — Issue Brief

This guide is a resource for anyone interested in safeguarding the rights of homeowners in manufactured home communities through state policy. Although there is a broad array of consumer protections that can improve the life of manufactured home community residents, this guide specifically focuses on those protections that lay the groundwork for resident purchase transactions. It is based on a careful review of existing and proposed state-level legislation, as well as the National Consumer Law Center’s (NCLC) experience working with advocates in various states.

This guide:
■ Identifies the four most critical protections of fundamental freedoms, which pave the way for asset building in manufactured home communities.
■ Specifies key elements of strong policies to protect homeowners.
■ Lists state precedents for policy adoption.

The appendices include suggested policy language for each issue.