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PRINTER'S NO. 4549
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2941
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY HANBIDGE, MADDEN, HILL-EVANS, FREEMAN, HOWARD,
GALLOWAY AND CIRESI, OCTOBER 19, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON URBAN AFFAIRS, OCTOBER 19, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of November 24, 1976 (P.L.1176, No.261),
entitled "An act providing for the rights and duties of
manufactured home owners or operators and manufactured home
lessees," providing for rent increases.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of November 24, 1976 (P.L.1176, No.261),
known as the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act, is amended
by adding a section to read:
Section 6.1. Rent Increases.--(a) A manufactured home
community owner shall:
(1) Post any proposed rent increase in a public area within
the manufactured home community at least 180 days prior to the
effective date of the rent increase.
(2) Notify the manufactured home residents and manufactured
home tenants of any proposed rent increase by certified mail or
hand flyer at their residences 180 days prior to the effective
date of the rent increase.
(b) If the proposed rent increase is higher than the most
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recent annual cost-of-living adjustment calculated by the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics using the percentage change in the
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for
Pennsylvania, a manufactured home resident or manufactured home
tenant may begin proceedings before a magisterial district judge
to review the rent increase within 180 days of the effective
date of the proposed rent increase.
(c) If a magisterial district judge determines that the rent
increase is unreasonable, the magisterial district judge may set
the rent increase at or below the most recent annual cost-of-
living adjustment calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics using the percentage change in the Consumer Price
Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Pennsylvania for one
year.
(d) In determining if a proposed rent increase is
reasonable, a magisterial district judge shall consider all of
the following:
(1) Increases in the community owner's operating expenses.
(2) Increases in the community owner's property taxes on the
community park.
(3) Increases in the cost of debt service that is directly
related to acquisition or capital improvements in the community
park.
(4) The return on the community owner's equity investment
over the past three years, and the reasons offered by the
community owner for seeking an increase in the return on the
community owner's investment.
(5) A sampling of current lot rents in the region in which
the community park is located.
(6) Any other costs asserted by the community owner that are
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relevant and probative of the need for an increase.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 180 days.
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