Moving on. Updates to the city's mobile home ordinances, to address residents' reports of park owner interference in trying to sell their homes.
I don't think I can improve on staff's presentation for explaining what these are, or the history of Boulder's other mobile home ordinances, so won't try.…
"Home buyers and home sellers are often unaware of their rights," says Crystal Laudner. One of the new rules: That park owners include info on that and city resources to residents.
Wallach: I want mobile home residents to be eligible for assistance under NEWR.
Carr: It's on the queue. We're working on it. That's what I told you last time.
LOL the men of this county/city are just the sassiest.
Only 5 ppl signed up for this public hearing.…
Mark Robbins: "While the improvements in state law have helped considerably to level the playing field, there are still gaps and gray areas that park owners have taken advantage of."
"When someone is trying to sell a home, mobile or not, it's usually their largest asset. ... When a park owner interferes in the sale of a home," it can lead to the home being abandoned — a financial "windfall" for park owners.
Robbins urges adoption of the rules. "This may well become a template for state law," as have many of Boulder's others pioneering protections.
Robbins was with the Orchard Grove HOA, FYI.
Aimee Bove: "The communities need a little bit of breathing time" because of all the new regulations, which create a "hindrance" to operation.

She's an attorney for mobile home communities, including Boulder Meadows.
She has said the same thing in the past:…
Renee Hummel clarifying some of Bove's comments RE: timing. One of the changes is giving park owners 10 BUSINESS days to deny or approve a buyer, a change from 10 days.
Hummel actually correcting multiple statements from previous speakers. Get on with your bad self.
Tawny Peyton, of the Rocky Mountain Home Association, says these regulations are a "happy medium" between park owners and residents.
Swetlik makes a motion to pass. Wallach seconds. No discussion (though I wouldn't be surprised if Young makes a speech)
Swetlik: This is another area I'm super happy we can be a part of.
Wallach: "I think this is a good common-sense set of amendments."
He campaigned in part on additional protections for mobile home residents. Well, maybe not campaigned, but mentioned it in his election interview with me.
Brockett: "This is a great step in preserving the rights of our mobile home residents."
Young: "It's been a long road, and instrumental to that" is city attorney Tom Carr, who "back in 2014" a lot of residents began asking for help paying for lawyers to solve these issues they were having with park owners.
Carr pushed to organize mobile home residents so that their issues could be addressed by the city, via new protections, Young says. That's what started all of this.

"It all started with Tom's idea."
Another unanimous vote.
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