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STUDY #1 - LAND RENTED FOR HOUSING CLICK HERE

STUDY #2 - MANUFACTURED HOME PARK LANDLORD RISK STUDY - CLICK HERE


STUDY #3 - ASSIGN AND SUBLET OF MANUFACTURED HOME TENANCIES - 2012 CLICK HERE


CONSULTANTS REPORT ON MANUFACTURED HOUSING 2007 - CLICK HERE

STUDY #1 - LAND RENTED FOR HOUSING

Active Manufactured Home Owners Association has prepared a Discussion Paper on Land Rented for Housing intended for use in meetings with the Provincial Government. The Paper outlines the need for a more comprehensive Act than the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, the benefits of change as well as some interim measures to protect this vulnerable segment of affordable housing and those owning it.

This Paper has been circulated to both the Liberal and New Democratic Parties and is being made available to the general public through this website. For your information, this is the message that accompanied the package sent to the politicians:

The loss of affordable housing in manufactured home parks is a common problem across Canada. BC has always been a province that looks to the future providing modern legislation that can be a model for other provinces. Unfortunately, our Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act does not fall into this category. To assist in remedying this flaw, our Association has put together the attached Discussion Paper on Land Rented for Housing. Those who rent land for housing have a civic responsibility to deal fairly with those persons they have encouraged to become co-investing partners in this type of affordable housing business. Since this social conscience appears to be missing, it is the responsibility of government to provide legislation to protect the vulnerable. The type and value of homes in modern parks as well as the financial, emotional and medical issues faced by all manufactured home owners losing or threatened with the loss of their homes makes it imperative to undertake this legislation immediately.

The attached Discussion Paper is intended to facilitate a dialogue between government and manufactured home owner Associations that will lead to a modern Act dealing with Land Rented for Housing but also proposes some interim measures. In order to keep the Paper to a reasonable length, we have only touched the surface of issues. More research and discussions with us will bring to light additional information. We suggest a series of meetings to discuss the various aspects of the problems and arrive at solutions.

Any legislation being proposed should be given to home owner Associations dedicated to improving conditions in British Columbia's home parks before finalization and introduction into the legislature. We realize it is a Ministerial Prerogative to make a surprise presentation of legislation in the legislature but in cases like this one, it could lead to problems not foreseen by those not living and experiencing life on Land Rented for Housing.


Download a PDF copy of the whole Discussion Paper HERE

This a large pdf file of 100 pages and 3 megs in size, but well worth the read.
We welcome comments from readers of this site regarding this discussion paper.

BC Liberal Response   HERE
BC NDP Response   HERE
BC Conservative Response   HERE

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RICH COLEMAN REPLIES

Download a PDF copy of Rich Colman's response HERE

At first read, we find this reply sadly insufficient. We are currently preparing a reply and will post it here, after it has been completed.

In the meantime, we welcome comments from readers of this site regarding the Provincial Government Ministry brief letter in response to our long detailed Discussion Paper.


TENANCY BRANCH REPLIES

If you read Rich Coleman's response, you will have noted that he refered our question about SAFER inequities to Suzanne Bell, Executive Director of the Residential Tenancy Branch. We did just that with supporting example documentation.
Today, August 1st, 2009, we received the Tenancy Branch's response from Judith Dyrland, A/Executive Director. Upon receiving this reply, we again, have found their lack of understanding, and their avoidance in discussing this issue, quite distressing. We invite you to download the documentation and decide for yourselves. As usual comments are welcome.


2009 SAFER Letter to Tenancy Branch   HERE
Actual Case Examples which accompanied letter   HERE and   HERE
Tenancy Branch Reply   HERE

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STUDY #2 - MANUFACTURED HOME PARK LANDLORD RISK STUDY 2010

After many months of research and hard work AMHOA has prepared and submitted their latest paper addressing (at Rich Coleman's request) a perceived deficiency in discussing the park owners have in owning and operating manufactured home parks.

AMHOA feels that this study/assessment should have been done in 2007 before Park Owners were awarded an annual 2% rent increase unique to Manufactured Home Parks in British Columbia.

The following is the communication accompaning this submission.

October 27, 2010

Honourable Rich Coleman
Minister for Housing
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC

In case you did not get this important Study last week when we sent it to you and the Premier, we are resending it and expanding the list of recipients. Below is the message from the original email.
Sincerely yours

Joyce Klein

Secretary Treasurer
Active Manufactured Home Owners Association
Box 1000,
Saanichton, BC Vl8M 2C5

Copies
Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier
Carol James, MLA - Leader of the Opposition
Shane Simppson, MLA - Housing Critic
John Horgan, MLA
Leonard Krog, MLA

 

 

October 19, 2010

Honourable Rich Coleman
Minister for Housing
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC

As you noted in your last email, you mentioned that our 2009 study on land rented for housing did not address the financial risk and investment that park owners have in owning and operating manufactured home parks. To address this perceived deficiency, we are attaching our latest paper on Landlord Risk. We believe this study illustrates the answer answer to the question "Why does British Columbia have so many multi manufactured home park owners who are investing in yet more of these parks if the risk is so great?".
If there is any other area that needs to be clarified or gone into in more detail, please let us know.
Thank you for your ongoing concern with manufactured home parks and manufactured home owners.

Sincerely yours

Joyce Klein

Secretary Treasurer
Active Manufactured Home Owners Association
Box 1000,
Saanichton, BC Vl8M 2C5

Copies
Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier

We invite you to download the documentation and decide for yourselves. As usual comments are welcome.
Download PDF copy of this Risk Study   HERE 5 megs

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STUDY # 3 - ASSIGN AND SUBLET OF MANUFACTURED HOMES 2012

Here is a copy of the letter to the Housing Minister that accompanied our Study.

Download here


CONSULTANTS REPORT ON MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS - 2007
Download PDF CLICK HERE

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