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CHAPTER 592-H.F.No. 1829 An act relating to housing; requiring copies of evacuation plans for residents of manufactured home parks; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 290A.19; 327C.01, by adding a subdivision; and 327C.02, subdivision 5; Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, section 327.20, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 290A.19, is amended to read: 290A.19 [OWNER OR MANAGING AGENT TO FURNISH RENT CERTIFICATE.] (a) The owner or managing agent of any property for which rent is paid for occupancy as a homestead must furnish a certificate of rent constituting property tax to a person who is a renter on December 31, in the form prescribed by the commissioner. If the renter moves before December 31, the owner or managing agent may give the certificate to the renter at the time of moving, or mail the certificate to the forwarding address if an address has been provided by the renter. The certificate must be made available to the renter before February 1 of the year following the year in which the rent was paid. The owner or managing agent must retain a duplicate of each certificate or an equivalent record showing the same information for a period of three years. The duplicate or other record must be made available to the commissioner upon request. For the purposes of this section, "owner" includes a park owner as defined under section 327C.01, subdivision 6, and "property" includes a lot as defined under section 327C.01, subdivision 3. (b) The certificate of rent constituting property taxes must include the address of the property, including the county, and the property tax parcel identification number and any additional information that the commissioner determines is appropriate. (c) If the owner or managing agent fails to provide the renter with a certificate of rent constituting property taxes, the commissioner shall allocate the net tax on the building to the unit on a square footage basis or other appropriate basis as the commissioner determines. The renter shall supply the commissioner with a statement from the county treasurer that gives the amount of property tax on the parcel, the address and property tax parcel identification number of the property, and the number of units in the building. (d) By January 31 of the year following the year in which the rent was collected, each owner or managing agent shall report to the commissioner on a form prescribed by the commissioner the net tax pertaining to the rental residential part of the property, the total scheduled rent, and the fraction computed under section 290A.03, subdivision 11. A copy of the property tax statement for taxes payable in that year must be attached. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, section 327.20, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [RULES.] No domestic animals or house pets of occupants of manufactured home parks or recreational camping areas shall be allowed to run at large, or commit any nuisances within the limits of a manufactured home park or recreational camping area. Each manufactured home park or recreational camping area licensed under the provisions of sections 327.10, 327.11, 327.14 to 327.28 shall, among other things, provide for the following, in the manner hereinafter specified: (1) A responsible attendant or caretaker shall be in charge of every manufactured home park or recreational camping area at all times, who shall maintain the park or area, and its facilities and equipment in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. In any manufactured home park containing more than 50 lots, the attendant, caretaker, or other responsible park employee, shall be readily available at all times in case of emergency. (2) All manufactured home parks shall be well drained and be located so that the drainage of the park area will not endanger any water supply. No waste water from manufactured homes or recreational camping vehicles shall be deposited on the surface of the ground. All sewage and other water carried wastes shall be discharged into a municipal sewage system whenever available. When a municipal sewage system is not available, a sewage disposal system acceptable to the state commissioner of health shall be provided. (3) No manufactured home shall be located closer than three feet to the side lot lines of a manufactured home park, if the abutting property is improved property, or closer than ten feet to a public street or alley. Each individual site shall abut or face on a driveway or clear unoccupied space of not less than 16 feet in width, which space shall have unobstructed access to a public highway or alley. There shall be an open space of at least ten feet between the sides of adjacent manufactured homes including their attachments and at least three feet between manufactured homes when parked end to end. The space between manufactured homes may be used for the parking of motor vehicles and other property, if the vehicle or other property is parked at least ten feet from the nearest adjacent manufactured home position. The requirements of this paragraph shall not apply to recreational camping areas and variances may be granted by the state commissioner of health in manufactured home parks when the variance is applied for in writing and in the opinion of the commissioner the variance will not endanger the health, safety, and welfare of manufactured home park occupants. (4) An adequate supply of water of safe, sanitary quality shall be furnished at each manufactured home park or recreational camping area. The source of the water supply shall first be approved by the state department of health. (5) All plumbing shall be installed in accordance with the rules of the state commissioner of health and the provisions of the Minnesota plumbing code. (6) In the case of a manufactured home park with less than ten manufactured homes, a plan for the sheltering or the safe evacuation to a safe place of shelter of the residents of the park in times of severe weather conditions, such as tornadoes, high winds, and floods. The shelter or evacuation plan shall be developed with the assistance and approval of the municipality where the park is located and shall be posted at conspicuous locations throughout the park. The park owner shall provide each resident with a copy of the approved shelter or evacuation plan, as provided by section 327C.01, subdivision 1c. Nothing in this paragraph requires the department of health to review or approve any shelter or evacuation plan developed by a park. Failure of a municipality to approve a plan submitted by a park shall not be grounds for action against the park by the department of health if the park has made a good faith effort to develop the plan and obtain municipal approval. (7) A manufactured home park with ten or more manufactured homes, licensed prior to March 1, 1988, shall provide a safe place of shelter for park residents or a plan for the evacuation of park residents to a safe place of shelter within a reasonable distance of the park for use by park residents in times of severe weather, including tornadoes and high winds. The shelter or evacuation plan must be approved by the municipality by March 1, 1989. The municipality may require the park owner to construct a shelter if it determines that a safe place of shelter is not available within a reasonable distance from the park. A copy of the municipal approval and the plan shall be submitted by the park owner to the department of health. The park owner shall provide each resident with a copy of the approved shelter or evacuation plan, as provided by section 327C.01, subdivision 1c. (8) A manufactured home park with ten or more manufactured homes, receiving a primary license after March 1, 1988, must provide the type of shelter required by section 327.205. (9) For the purposes of this subdivision, "park owner" and "resident" have the meaning given them in section 327C.01. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 327C.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 1c. [RESIDENT COPY; SHELTER PLAN ATTACHED.] Beginning with rental agreements signed on August 1, 1994 or after, the park owner shall give a copy of the signed rental agreement to each resident with a copy of the evacuation or shelter plan attached. In addition, for existing leases, by August 15, 1994, the park owner shall provide each resident with a copy of the park evacuation or shelter plan. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 327C.02, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. [WRITTEN NOTICE REQUIRED.] A prospective resident, before being asked to sign a rental agreement, must be given the following notice printed verbatim in boldface type of a minimum size of ten points. The notice and the safety feature disclosure form required under section 327C.07, subdivision 3a, must be posted in a conspicuous and public location in the park: "IMPORTANT NOTICE State law provides special rules for the owners and residents of manufactured home parks. You may keep your home in the park as long as the park is in operation and you meet your financial obligations, obey state and local laws which apply to the park, obey reasonable park rules, do not substantially annoy or endanger the other residents or substantially endanger park personnel and do not substantially damage the park premises. You may not be evicted or have your rent increased or your services cut for complaining to the park owner or to a governmental official. If you receive an eviction notice and do not leave the park, the park owner may take you to court. If you lose in court, a sheriff may remove you and your home from the park within seven days. Or, the court may require you to leave the park within seven days but give you 60 days to sell the home within the park. If you receive an eviction notice for a new or amended rule and the court finds the rule to be reasonable and not a substantial modification of your original agreement, the court will not order you to leave but will order you to comply with the rule within ten days. If you do not comply within the time given or if you violate the rule at a later time, you will be subject to eviction. All park rules and policies must be reasonable. Your rent may not be increased more than twice a year. Changes made in park rules after you become a park resident will not apply to you if they substantially change your original agreement. The park may not charge you an entrance fee. The park may require a security deposit, but the deposit must not amount to more than two months rent. You have a right to sell the home in the park. But the sale is not final until the park owner approves the buyer as a new resident, and you must advise in writing anyone who wants to buy your home that the sale is subject to final approval by the park owner. You must also disclose in writing certain safety information about your home to anyone who wants to buy it in the park. You must give this information to the buyer before the sale, in writing, on the form that is attached to this notice. You must completely and accurately fill out the form and you and the buyer should each keep a copy. Your rental agreement and the park rules contain important information about your rights and duties. Read them carefully and keep a copy. You must be given a copy of the shelter or evacuation plan for the park. This document contains information on where to seek shelter in times of severe weather conditions. You should carefully review the plan and keep a copy. By February 1 of each year, the park must give you a certificate of rent constituting property taxes as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 290A.19. For further information concerning your rights, consult a private attorney. The state law governing the rental of lots in manufactured home parks may also be enforced by the Minnesota Attorney General." In addition, the safety feature disclosure form required under section 327C.07, subdivision 3a, must be attached to the notice. Presented to the governor May 5, 1994 Signed by the governor May 6, 1994, 11:59 a.m.