Legislators Fight to Protect Mobile Home Residents Across Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Feb. 26, 2020 — State Reps. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek), Angela Witwer (Delta Township), Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and a group of House Democrats unveiled a comprehensive package of bills today to improve consumer protections for residents in Michigan’s mobile home communities, a group that is too often overlooked and taken advantage of under current law.
“As elected officials, it is up to us to ensure there are measures in place to keep all Michigan residents safe,” said Witwer. “However when it comes to our mobile home communities, we are still not doing nearly enough to get that done. The residents of these communities deserve to have their input considered when public safety reports are submitted, and that is what my bill would mandate.”
Among other vital issues, this 8-bill bill package would allow for increased resident representation on the Mobile Home Commission, prevent unfair and sudden surges in lot rent, and increase transparency and legal recourse for residents who currently have few options in large part because of the way the law is currently written.
“Not only does this package take proactive steps to protect the safety and well-being of mobile home families, it gives residents the opportunity to be active participants in their communities while allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Haadsma. “These bills also provide us the tools we need to address blighted parks while creating a path for residents to share in ownership of the places they live.”
“Michigan is one of the weakest states when it comes to consumer protection, and the way we regulate mobile home communities is no exception,” said Camilleri. “We have residents who own their mobile homes but see their lot rent rise year after year, and many of these people are on fixed incomes. We need to close the loopholes that allow wealthy management companies to take advantage of low-income residents across our Downriver community and around our state, and that’s exactly what this package would do.”
Among other vital issues, House Bills 5562-5569 would allow for increased resident representation on the Mobile Home Commission, prevent unfair and sudden surges in lot rent, and increase transparency and legal recourse for residents who currently have few options in large part because of the way the law is currently written.
A brief description of each bill in the package can be found below: