Appeal in Manufactured Home Community Closure Case Denied


An attorney representing the City of Schofield, Wisconsin says an appeal to keep the Northern Housing Community open, has been denied, WSAW tells the Daily Business News on MHProNews.


Residents and the owners of the community have both opposed the closure.

Last April, the Schofield City Council revoked the license for Northern Housing Community, citing several safety violations. As part of that decision, residents were asked to be out of the community by August 1st, 2018.

In July, the owners of the park filed appealed the City’s decision to Circuit Court. As part of the appeal, the ruling that residents had to be out by August 1st was delayed.

The City of Schofield’s attorney, Lee Turonie, said they filed a Motion to Dismiss the property owner’s appeal, which was granted. Turonie argues that means the ruling that residents need to be out of the community – that’s located on a high-traffic road – can now be enforced again.


However, Turonie admits the community can appeal the Circuit Court decision to a higher court, if they choose.

Mark Hazelbacker, an attorney representing the owners of the Northern Housing Community, says he has not had a chance to speak with his clients about what they plan to do next. He hopes to have that conversation tomorrow, said WSAU.

Hazelbacker says his primary concern is making sure no one becomes homeless as a result of this decision.

Among the issues for the broader industry is the growing pattern of undermining community owners rights to maintain their property, in the face of pressures by others to close.

There have also been cases where manufactured home owners on privately owned land have also been threatened – or in fact, forced – off land based on arbitrary economic or other factors that seemingly target owners of older mobile homes or manufactured homes.

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