THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED FOLLOWING THE REGIONAL STATE MEETING, held Sept 24, 2011.
RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO DOWN-LOAD AND OBTAIN SIGNATURES. PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH AS MANY NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE...
...completed signatures to be forwarded to PAMHOA to be attached to the "resolution" for submission. Please contact PAMHOA if a question. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
TO THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
TITLE: A resolution calling on the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) to enforce Manufactured Housing (MH) law, and advise THE LEGISLATURE on the need for urgent law reform.
PREPARED BY: Attendees [MH owners and residents, citizens of the Commonwealth, living in land-leased communities (LLC)]; attending the “PA Coalition of MH Residents” (PAMHOA) “Regional Meeting” held in Bethlehem, PA on Sept 24, 2011, (and representing ¾ million PA citizens residing in 2000 communities statewide.)
SUBMITTED TO: The Attorney General and the “Bureau of Consumer Protection”
Whereas, residents living in land-lease communities (LLC), and owners of substantial property - manufactured homes (MH), have found many times that the law does not provide just or effective protection against abuses (many complaints made to the office of the “Bureau of Consumer Protection”); and
Whereas, the legislature should be advised and informed of the need for (MH) law reform by the office of the AG; and
Whereas, residents are subjected to unfair and unjust procedures and practices by the owners and operators of LLC, against which citizens have NO reasonable defense or effective recourse; resulting in actions and conditions imposed by community owners that often and frequently deny the provisions of existing MH law, and damage and encroach upon the interests and rights of PA's citizens; and
Whereas, the office of the AG published a report in 1993 noting concern for MH housing and home-ownership in PA – stating among other things:
Homes are NOT MOBILE and special rules needed
A mechanism is needed to deal with EXCESSIVE lot fee increases
Community Rules RESTRICT basic FREEDOMS.
… situations that have worsened in the intervening years and caused significant additional damage and harm to residents; including but not limited to:
undue high risk of displacement and the financial ruin of residents
unreasonable community rules and guidelines
unsubstantiated, unaffordable, and excessive lot fees
and other unfair conditions arbitrarily imposed by community owners infringing upon resident rights; and
Whereas, it is the complaint of residents that agreement to excessive lot fees and unreasonable leases terms is extracted from leaseholders (residents) under duress; and
Whereas, many if not most MH residents are retirees, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and low-income families - with no financial resources or exercisable options; and
Whereas, the failure to have in place sufficient laws and protections as needed has result in resident's welfare being endangered, including the loss of homes , personal equity, and security; and
Whereas, the circumstances described herein are seen as representing a monopolistic scheme resulting in defrauding residents living in what is intended as “affordable housing” promoted by the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth's housing policies; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the office of the Attorney General
Take immediate action to protect residents by implementing the full intent of (PA) MH law, to provide residents the needed protection from abuses; and
Effectively communicate the many needs for LAW REFORM to the legislature; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the office of the AG institute immediate and measurable change in how resident's complaints are responded to; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the office of the AG ensure needed changes in PA law to sufficiently, responsibly, and rightly, protect resident's property, and maintain the rights of the Commonwealth's citizens residing in LLC.
The PA Coalition of MH Residents - PAMHOA
(with offices at: 134 Greentree Court, Bath, PA, 18014.)
The undersigned endorse this “resolution” calling for prompt attention - and immediate remedial action as needed - to end the stated abuses, and to establish legal reform.
The undersigned is a resident and/ or “home-owner” living in a land-leased community (LLC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Signature: Name (print): Address (print):
A) RESIDENTS SHOULD DOWNLOAD THIS RESOLUTION AND OBTAIN SIGNATURES TO FORWARD TO THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. IT IS RECOMMENDED THOSE ORGANIZING SIGNATURES CONTACT PAMHOA TO COORDINATE EFFORTS. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT PAMHOA.
B) WHERE NEEDED ADDITIONAL SIGNATURE PAGES MAY BE PRINTED.