Pa. AG sues Centre County mobile home park owners

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 8, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced a lawsuit Monday against the owners of a Centre County mobile home park who allegedly violated several state laws.

Kane's Bureau of Consumer Protection alleged that Kenneth Mayes II and his sister Sharon Mayes, the owners of the State College-based Hilltop Mobile Home Park, engaged in violations of the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. Hilltop Mobile Home Park closed on February 28 after Kenneth Mayes II and Sharon Mayes entered into a conditional sales agreement with Trinitas Ventures LLC, a student housing developer, causing park residents to relocate.

The Manufactured Home Community Rights Act requires that the Mayeses pay relocation expenses to the residents of the Hilltop community. The law requires that the Mayeses pay $4,000 in relocation expenses to residents who relocate a single section manufactured home to another location and buyout the manufactured home of residents who are unable or unwilling to find a suitable replacement site.

Under the terms of the law, residents are not required to remove a manufactured home and are not held liable for the costs of removing or disposing of a manufactured home after the closure of a community.

The Mayeses allegedly provided relocation expenses to some mobile home park owners without providing the expenses to all residents.

The lawsuit requests that the court require the defendants to pay or restore money to the residents who were forced to move as a result of the park's sale and impose an injunction to prevent the dissipation of the defendants' assets after the park's sale.

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