Statutory changes were enacted this year in Act 8 (2015) which affect the mobile home park law. The changes include expanding the Department of Housing & Community Development’s enforcement authority to include administrative penalties, changes to the warranty of habitability specifically concerning park roads, and changes to the eviction process that will require mobile homes to be removed or sold after an eviction. To implement these changes the Department is amending the Housing Division Rules for Mobile Home Parks and Mobile Home Park Warranty of Habitability. The State rule making process includes four “Filings” with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules, The Secretary of State, a Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, and a final filing of the Adopted Rules. We anticipate the rules will go into effect on approximately April 15, 2016. To maximize public input, the Department has created a special webpage for the rule making process where you can access the proposed amendments and submit comments or plan to attend a public hearing: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/housing/rules/housing_division_rulemaking. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:30PM at the Department of Housing & Community Development located at 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620. For more information see the link above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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