Representatives of mobile home park owners oppose the bill, saying it would hurt small homeowners. Rent increases are needed to pay for community improvements, they argue.
“This bill makes it impossible to successfully operate a mobile home park. It will also foster an adversarial relationship between park owners/operators and resident landlords,” Tawny Peyton, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Home Association, said in a statement.
Boesenecker acknowledged that it’s an important bill for a freshman lawmaker to sponsor, but he said it’s especially important for the northern Colorado region he represents. The bill is co-sponsored by State Representative Edie Hooton of Boulder County and State Senator Faith Winter from Adams County, all Democrats.
Meanwhile, business interests in other housing sectors are watching closely. Lobbyists for the Colorado Apartment Association and the Colorado Association of Home Builders have filed for “oversight” of the bill, while the Colorado Association of Realtors is asking for changes. The Colorado Bankers Association has also signed up to oppose it.
A slew of nonprofits and low-income advocacy groups support the bill.
The bill would also give local governments the power to intervene in the sale of a park; if they can match the best offer, they could buy the park on behalf of the residents.
Other provisions of the bill would require landlords to pay tenants who are displaced by development and would make it easier for park residents to try to buy parks for themselves.