Some park owners seek to convert senior mobile home parks to all age parks. Such changes can disrupt senior neighborhoods and hurt the value of mobile homes.

     The key law is the federal Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issues regulations implementing the Act. The regulations allow a "housing for older persons" exemption from the federal Fair Housing Act for senior manufactured home parks. Without this exemption, mobile home sellers may be vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.

     Federal, state, and local laws seldom prevent all age conversions. How can residents prevent conversions? Homeowners should consult an attorney about "breach of contract."

     To qualify as a senior park, the park owner must adhere to policies that demonstrate his/her intent to operate a senior park. The Older Persons Act requires it. Such policies include:

  • How managers describe the park to mobile home buyers;
  • Any advertising and park brochures;
  • Space lease provisions
  • Written rules, regulations or other restrictions;
  • Actual practices of the park owners/managers;
  • Signs and notices posted in common areas.

These policies document the park owner's pledge to provide a senior living park. 

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March 27, 2014

Carl Leivo