As the housing crisis continues in New York, state lawmakers are taking steps to protect a particularly vulnerable group of homeowners: Those living in mobile home parks.
These parks, with their pre-existing infrastructure such as water and sewer systems and cleared acreage, have become attractive targets for developers, leading to an increasing number of mobile homeowners facing the risk of losing their homes.
Advocates say the plight of mobile home owners begins with the term “mobile,” noting these homes are not easily relocated.
This immobility creates a risk of homelessness for residents if the park land is sold.
To address this, New York state officials are introducing new legislation aimed at empowering the homeowners. The new law will provide them with the first right of refusal to purchase the land their homes are on, giving them a chance to match any offer made by potential buyers.
This right is significant for the residents, most of whom own their trailers and rent the space they occupy.
To support this initiative, the state is also creating financing and insurance assistance programs.
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