Subdivision 1. Terms.
When used in sections
, the terms
defined in this section have the meanings given them.
Subd. 1a. Closure statement.
"Closure statement" means a statement prepared by the park
owner clearly stating that the park is closing, addressing the availability, location, and potential
costs of adequate replacement housing within a 25 mile radius of the park that is closing and the
probable relocation costs of the manufactured homes located in the park.
Subd. 1b. Displaced resident.
"Displaced resident" means a resident of an owner-occupied
manufactured home who rents a lot in a manufactured home park, including the members of
the resident's household, as of the date the park owner submits a closure statement to the local
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.
Subd. 2. In park sale.
"In park sale" means the sale of a manufactured home owned by a park
resident and located in a manufactured home park, after which sale the home remains in the park.
Subd. 3. Lot.
"Lot" means an area within a manufactured home park, designed or used for
the accommodation of a manufactured home.
Subd. 4. Manufactured home.
"Manufactured home" and "home" have the meaning
specified in section
327B.01, subdivision 13
Subd. 5. Manufactured home park.
"Manufactured home park" and "park" have the
meaning specified in section
327.14, subdivision 3
, but do not include facilities which are open
only during three or fewer seasons of the year.
Subd. 6. Park owner.
"Park owner" means the owner of a manufactured home park and any
person acting on behalf of the owner in the operation or management of a park.
Subd. 7. Person.
"Person" means any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, incorporated
and unincorporated association, or any other legal or commercial entity.
Subd. 7a. Planning agency.
"Planning agency" means the planning commission or the
planning department of a municipality as defined in section
, the planning and zoning
commission of a town as defined in section
, or the planning commission of a county, as
defined in section
, or if the municipality does not have a planning agency, the governing
body of the municipality.
Subd. 8. Reasonable rule.
"Reasonable rule" means a park rule:
(a) which is designed to promote the convenience, safety, or welfare of the residents, promote
the good appearance and facilitate the efficient operation of the park, protect and preserve the park
premises, or make a fair distribution of services and facilities;
(b) which is reasonably related to the purpose for which it is adopted;
(c) which is not retaliatory or unjustifiably discriminatory in nature; and
(d) which is sufficiently explicit in prohibition, direction, or limitation of conduct to fairly
inform the resident of what to do or not to do to comply.
Subd. 9. Resident.
"Resident" means an owner of a manufactured home who rents a lot in a
manufactured home park and includes the members of the resident's household.
Subd. 9a. Resident association.
"Resident association" means an organization that has the
written permission of the owners of at least 51 percent of the manufactured homes in the park
to represent them, and which is organized for the purpose of resolving matters relating to living
conditions in the manufactured home park.
Subd. 10. Rule.
"Rule" means any rental agreement provision, regulation, rule or policy
through which a park owner controls, affects or seeks to control or affect the behavior of residents.
Subd. 11. Substantial modification.
"Substantial modification" means any change in a rule
which: (a) significantly diminishes or eliminates any material obligation of the park owner; (b)
significantly diminishes or eliminates any material right, privilege or freedom of action of a
resident; or (c) involves a significant new expense for a resident.
Subd. 12. Utility service.
"Utility service" means any electric, fuel oil, natural or propane
gas, sewer, waste disposal and water service by whatever means furnished.
History: 1982 c 526 art 2 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 179 s 1-3; 1992 c 511 art 2 s 32; 1994
c 592 s 3