Finally, a long awaited answer to a problem that we all have faced at one time or another. Abandoned Mobile Homes.
For 25 years, I have managed manufactured home communities, and have repeated run up against the issue of abandoned homes, more so in the past year or two. My community owners have been held "hostage" by tax offices, who won't allow us to remove or destroy the homes unless we pay taxes. Sure, Act 74 allows us to "move the home to storage", but how many of us have storage to place old abandoned mobile homes. How many times has a bank refused to pay lot rent and/or even do anything with the home... they've written the home off, but refuse to release the lien unless you pay them thousands of dollars...
WE NO LONGER HAVE THIS PROBLEM, Act 74, which specifically addresses the issue of abandoned homes in our communities, has finally been repealed, and in it's place we will have a new Act. Governor Corbett recently signed House Bill 1767, which goes into effect December 23, 2012. The new law will allow community owners to get title to these homes, destroy the homes, move the homes...And NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES OR LIENS......
It is very important that you read and become familiar with the new law... IT'S A HUGE STEP for the industry. It will take a while to educate ourselves, the District Justices and the tax offices. PMHA is working to make the District Courts aware of the new law. I have personally sent a copy of HB 1767, along with a letter explaining the law, to each District Justice I work with. The reason it is so important that they are aware of the law is, the District Justice now has to make a determination of if a home is '"abandoned"... Once he makes that determination on your behalf... you can move forward with doing whatever you'd like to do with the home... Without the tax or lien responsibility.
Please review HB1767, I have put the House Bill on our website, where you can review it and print it. I am also following this letter, with a copy of the letter we sent to our District Courts.
New Laws like these, are a great reason to have A. Hunter Property Manage your community, we are on top of these laws. The law goes into effect December 23rd and as of November, all of our staff members had been to a training class on the law. We stay on top of the laws, we fight to get laws changed, and we make sure you are in compliance with the laws... You don't have to do a thing.
If you have questions regarding the new law, you can discuss this with PMHA or contact your attorney. Either can help you understand HB 1767.