Pennsylvania residents of "manufactured housing" (a.k.a Mobile Homes) have certain rights established and protected by the Mobile Home Park Rights Act. Park owners must post a copy of the Act in a conspicuous place in their parks. They are also required to proved each residents that enters the park a written notice that explains their rights under the law.
It would be pointless for me to outline the entire law here, but here are some of the things that residents of mobile home parks should be aware of:
- Rents and all fees must be disclosed to you in writing before you make your initial payment.
- Rents and fees cannot be increased without a 30 day notice to all park residents. Rents cannot be increased during your lease term.
- Any rules that the park managment wishes to enforce must be posted conspicuously and provided to each resident.
- Rules must be uniformly enforced
- While park owners may require certain types of underskirting or other amenities, they cannot dictate who you purchase those things from.
- Park owners cannot charge an entrance or exit fee.
- You can be charged an "installation fee" but this fee cannot exceed the operators actual cost. Additionally, this fee must be refunded if the operator recovers your space within a year of installation, unless you fail to pay rent, repeatedly violate the rules of the park, or if the park's zoning changes, or the park is terminated altogether.
- Unless you have a separate written agreement, the park cannot claim any fee in connection with the sale of your mobile home unit, nor can they prevent you from selling it. The mobile park owner may, however, reserve the right to approve the purchaser as a resident of the park.
- You can only be evicted for the following reasons: non-payment of rent; two or more violations of park rules in a six month period, zoning land use changes, or termination of the park.
- The park opperator cannot evict you by moving your home or by locking the home while you are away without a court order.
- The park owner must notify you in writing by certified or registered mail before beginning any eviction proceedures.
- You cannot be charged "unreasonable fees" such as additional charges for overnight guests.
- Your rights, and the duties of the park owners cannot be waived by any written or oral agreement.
If you have any questions about these rights, contact your local Bureau of Consumer Protection Office. There are regional offices located in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Pittsburgh and Ebensburg.
For a free Consumer Protection Booklet provide by the Attorney General's Office, click here.
Also, to learn more about Manufactured homes, read the blog Manufactured vs. Modular Homes - What's The Difference?