A view of Arbordale Acres Mobile Home Park where you can see there is plenty of room to park
Landlord Kingsley Management Corporation manages mobile homes across the country and has recently gained media attention for their treatment of tenants who rent the land that their mobile homes sit on. Some tenants have reported as far back as 2012 that the landlord uses intimidation tactics to gain possession of mobile homes. Our own Lafayette’n Tom Macurdy spoke to The Daily Camera about this in 2012.
Citizens in other towns across the country are mobilizing to ask their councils to do something about Kingsley Management Corporation’s actions:
On Tuesday, President of Arbordale Acre’s Mobile Home Park HOA Tom Macurdy spoke for 10-minutes to our local Lafayette City Council in a room packed by mobile home residents about arbitrary fees, rent hikes, questionable water rates, and random rule changes. Lately, our neighbors have come home to find their previously authorized fences ripped out while they weren’t home and their guests harassed by predatory towing practices. See testimony here by fellow Lafayette’ns at the Lafayette City Council Meeting:
If our neighbors lose their mobile homes, there is no replacement they can go to in Lafayette at that level of affordability. We all see the doubling of rent and soaring home prices. Unfortunately, greed for more profits, which are within landlords’ right, are leading to 19th-century Dickens-esque treatment of our most vulnerable population.
The city of Boulder passed legislation last fall protecting mobile home residents from retaliation. Broomfield officials committed to taking action after residents went to Broomfield City Council about the actions by Kinglsey management company there.
State Senator John Kefalas, who has been advocating for mobile home owners, says homeowners need better protections and a better job needs to be done enforcing The Mobile Home Park Act which states that leases “cannot be arbitrary” and “must serve a purpose to protect the safety and welfare of the community.”
Lafayette City Council is clearly concerned and wanting to do something to protect our neighbors in Arbordale Mobile Home Park. As City Manager Gary Klaphake points out the city must operate within the law. The City Attorney will be updating the standing city memo on what the city can do to protect Arbordale mobile home owners. See discussion at the end of the council meeting here:
If you have any information to add or ideas, please add it by replying to this topic in the forum we just started to empower our town. You can also report your experiences with Kingsley Management Corporation to firstname.lastname@example.org.