- February 04, 2021
- All Washington Issuing Offices
- UNDERWRITING - Underwriting the Sale or Conversion of Mobile Home Communities
The Washington State legislature finds that mobile home communities provide a significant source of homeownership opportunities for Washington residents. However, the increasing closure and conversion of manufactured/mobile home communities to other uses, combined with increasing lot rents and the extremely high cost of moving homes when manufactured/mobile home communities close creates living insecurity for manufactured/mobile home tenants. Per Statute RCW 59.20.300.
(1) A landlord must provide a written notice of sale of a manufactured/mobile home community by certified mail or personal delivery to:
(a) Each tenant of the manufactured/mobile home community;
(b) The officers of any known qualified tenant organization;
(c) The office of mobile/manufactured home relocation assistance;
(d) The local government within whose jurisdiction all or part of the manufactured/mobile home community exists;
(e) The housing authority within whose jurisdiction all or part of the manufactured/mobile home community exists; and
(f) The Washington state housing finance commission.
The notice is to be in the form as outlined under RCW 59.21.030 which includes but is not limited to the requirement that the notice along with the required attachments be sent to the Director of the Office of Mobile/Manufactured Home Relocation Assistance within the Department of Commerce, and be recorded in the records of the county in which the community is situated.
Any commitment or report issued to insure the sale of a Mobile Home Community must include an exception along the lines as follows:
Rights of tenants or tenant organization to purchase the mobile home community as set forth under RCW 59.20.300. This exception will be deleted upon confirmation of compliance with the terms of the Statute in addition to a completed owner’s affidavit.
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