Act 156 of 2012 creates new notice requirements for owners of manufactured home communities that are selling, leasing, or closing communities. The Act requires owners of manufactured home communities to provide written notice to residents and tenants upon the sale or the lease of a community. Owners must send a notice of sale or lease within thirty (30) days of a community's sale or lease, and must also post a copy of such a notice in the same conspicuous and readily accessible place that the community's rules and regulations are posted.
The Act also requires owners of manufactured home communities to provide written notice to residents and tenants prior to closing all or a portion of a manufactured home community. Owners must provide the notice of closure to at least one adult resident or tenant in each manufactured home in the community within sixty (60) days of deciding to close the community. A notice of closure must also be posted in the same conspicuous and readily accessible place that the community's rules and regulations are posted. A notice of closure must contain an estimated date of closure and an estimated date by which residents and tenants will be expected to vacate the community, at least one hundred and eighty (180) days after the date of the notice.
Under the Act, owners of manufactured home communities must also provide copies of notices of sale, lease, or closure to PHFA by certified mail. These notices should be mailed to:
Rebecca L. Peace
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
211 N Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
The Act charges PHFA with compiling a list of people interested in receiving copies of notices that the Agency receives. If you provide PHFA with your contact information, the Agency will forward to you a copy of any notice of sale, lease, or closure of a manufactured home community within ten days of receiving such notice. To be added to the list of people interested in receiving copies of sale, lease, or closure notices, please provide your contact information in a letter mailed to the address above or by emailing PHFA's Legal Department.
The Manufactured Home Community Rights Act (68 P.S. § 398.1, et seq.) provides residents and tenants of manufactured home communities with certain rights and protections. If you feel that your rights under the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act have been violated, you may file a complaint with your local District Attorney or the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Complaint forms are available on the Bureau of Consumer Protection's website, or you may call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1.800.441.2555.
The information on this page has been revised as of May 30, 2013.