Thiele to Hold Forum on Mobile Home Park Resident Rights

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. will be holding an informational forum for manufactured home park residents regarding the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Suffolk County Center Evans K. Griffing Building at 300 Center Drive in Riverhead.

Mr. Thiele will be joined by RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Housing, and a representative from the New York State Attorney General’s office.

In June, the State Legislature enacted sweeping housing reforms which were intended to protect tenants in permanent residential housing. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 is an omnibus affordable housing and rent regulations bill, whose authors aim for it to “provide long-overdue protections for manufactured home residents, including a legal remedy for unreasonable rent increases,” according to Mr. Thiele’s office.

According to Mr. Thiele, “manufactured homes are a critical source of affordable housing for residents in New York State, particularly for senior citizens on fixed incomes seeking to remain in their communities. This new law provides protections that address the uniqueness of home ownership in manufactured home parks.”

These new provisions went into effect on July 14.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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