Measure Outlines MHC Closure Rules

Following up on a post we published Oct. 26, 2012 regarding legislation Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed to protect residents of MHCs that close, LehighValleyLive informs MHProNews the drive for this measure began in 2006 when 50 families of the Barbosa Mobile Home Park in Northampton County were given 30 days to vacate with no required relocation expense. Ashley Development Corp., which had planned condominiums for the site, ended up providing $250,000 for relocation expense although they did not have to. The newly-signed legislation, scheduled to take effect this Dec., requires MHC owners to inform residents within 60 days of a decision to close; allows residents six months to leave; pays them up to $4,000 relocation expense for a single section and $6,000 for a multi-section home; and pays $2,500, or the value of the home, whichever is the highest amount for those unwilling or unable to relocate. The site of the former Barbosa MHC has yet to be developed.

(Photo credit: DoylestownPatch—Penn. House of Representatives)

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