Another year and another bill that tries to tackle the process behind manufactured homes rental increases. Manufactured homes are the double or single wide mobile homes that are placed semi-permanently on plots of land in a community. Think of the Park Place Mobile Home Community in Stanton or the Waterford Estates Mobile Home Park in Bear. Usually, there is a single owner of all the plots of land in a community, and they charge rent for you, an owner of a manufactured home, to place your mobil home on that plot of land.
House Bill 5 will provide process whereby, if a community owner proposes a rent increase that exceeds the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers in the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City area (CPI-U), then the Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority is mandated to hold a final meeting between the community owner and the affected homeowners, and the homeowners’ association to discuss the reasons for the proposed increase.
This Act allows the following to attend the final meeting: (1) the homeowners’ designee; (2) the homeowner’s attorney; (3) The attorney for the homeowners’ association; (4) A representative from the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association; and (5) Elected Delaware officials.
I guess this is better than not hearing a reason for the rent increase, but what is missing is what comes next after the ‘reasons’ are offered in this meeting. The rent increase just happens, even if the reason is arbitrary or not justified by facts?
Update: Mitch Crane answered my question: “Chapter 70 of Delaware Code already provides for a meeting whereby community owners explain to homeowners the reason why a rent increase above the CPI-U is being proposed. If, after that meeting, homeowners still oppose the increase, they may file for arbitration. HB 105 amends Code to state who may attend that meeting, nothing more”
|House Bill 5 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|K.Williams, Carson, Baumbach, Brady, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lambert, Longhurst, Lynn, Mitchell, Morrison, Osienski, Wilson-Anton|
|Walsh, Ennis, Lawson, Pinkney, Sokola|
|Current Status — House Manufactured Housing 3/9/21|