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Manufactured Homeowners Legislative Association of Michigan

Welcome to the MOLA Website!

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MOLA was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens who joined together to provide residents a better understanding of their rights as homeowners.

Realizing that there are approximately 900,000 residents in manufactured housing communities throughout the State of Michigan, MOLA continues to work diligently to assist in developing services and programs for manufactured home residents. This includes assisting in establishing associations in manufactured home communities.

MOLA leads the fight in getting laws passed at the State level, and helps protect and enhance the rights of manufactured home residents. MOLA is working hard to improve communication between residents and park owners, and to resolve disputes with home manufacturers.

 

WE HAVE THE POWER! to understand the importance, of forming and participating in a homeowners association, form a solid foundation, and build an organization that has the power to make changes. Every association member needs to actively participate.

Membership is the heart and soul of your organization; you develop and evolve by addressing issues and problems that violate our rights and freedoms as homeowners.

We target areas of our community, by working with the laws, homeowners learn their rights, learn how to enforce their rights, how to work through problems and get real changes. We can actively make a difference in our park and help produce new laws and changes in legislation that will protect us and put us on equal ground with every homeowner in Michigan.

Our voices are strong, and we are seriously hindered by substantial losses to our houses, our rights and our image as homeowners. The changes we make are important, we are here, there and everywhere, working for us, our neighbors, and our community. Join the multitudes of park held homeowners that are starting associations allover the State and millions across the country.

HOW WE DO IT…..We review the current laws, teach our members where the laws are and how associations can use these laws to their advantage. We review city and local ordinances, and instruct on how to make local & State contacts to discuss the laws and enforcement. We review the local and State complaint process and provide useful information to all members such as links and addresses and telephone numbers and email addresses

What have you done?  Do you have a homeowners association where you live?  Do you participate with your association? Are you going to help form an association in your community? We must band together, speak with one voice together to have an impact. The change has to come from each of us, willing to sacrifice a little time and speak to our neighbors and get them to join the cause. We need to get serious about making a difference. MOLA now has a solid foundation to build upon and we must get to work.

 

Why form a homeowners association

Residents of any manufactured home park should join together with their neighbors to form a homeowners association (also known as an HOA). The concept is simple: there is great strength in numbers. Homeowners associations give structure and legitimacy to any group of neighbors who want to organize to protect and improve their community. Homeowners associations strengthen the voices of mobile/manufactured homeowners in negotiation, and help them to: preserve property values, create safe neighborhoods, and ensure that park management complies with the law. In short: they are assets to the parks, and the community as a whole!

One of the services MOLA provides is helping communities form a home owners association. The benefits include:

Keeping residents better informed on local and state issues.

Arranging meetings that include speakers to help educate residents about current issues and resources their rights and laws.

Help draft issue forms and ways to present to manager/owner.

Help foster a sense of unity among the neighborhood.

Open and/or improve communications with management.

Give residents a voice in their neighborhood.

Help with changes that can arise with a new manager or landlord.

Show others you are an organized community that cares.

Most asked questions about starting a homeowners association:

If I become a board member of a home owners association, how much of my time will be needed?

It depends on the size of your community and the number of members elected to your board. It can take time for the first board to set up by-laws and establish the protocol for future boards. This takes place after the first election by the community. It is then up to the community to decide how often you need to meet. What commonly happens is the first Board meets 3 or 4 times before the 2nd membership meeting to decide on the by-laws, how to handle any community problems, and let the community know that there is an association. Most communities have meetings every three months after the first 6 months of formation. The association should meet every month the first 6 months as the reason the association was formed was to handle certain issues which need their input. . Many invite someone with the local police department to establish a community watch, or learn about issues that effect their area. Most communities offer a newsletter every three months to let residents know about a future meeting and other news that affects them. It can take up as much, or as little, time as the board members feel is needed or are able to give to the association.

Can I be evicted for helping to form an association?

No, there are State of Michigan  laws that protect the residents.  If a manager or landlord would harass board members or members in  anyway, there are many avenues that can help stop this. Residents of the community have the right to decide if they want an association. Once organized, management and residents can work together to maintain a neighborhood that will attract new home owners, while maintaining a neighborhood that enhances the value of the homes.

What if we start an association and management will not meet with us?

There are some communities that will not let their managers meet with board members. This does not mean that you can not improve your community. Your local association can still foster a sense of unity and stay educated on both local and state issues that affect your chosen lifestyle. In time maybe your landlord/manager will understand that working together will help all involved.

What is the hardest thing to deal with once an association is established?

Once you have established an association and time has passed, many of the problems your community had have been worked out. Now you find there is no sure cure for your local problems until a state law has been passed. Or, due to your success, residents may no longer feel a need for an association. You may find most residents are now happy with the way things are going. Some associations have dissolved once immediate problems were addressed only to find themselves re-forming again 2 or more years later. Reasons for reforming an association include: there is no longer a voice for the residents; or a new landlord/manager has become involved. An association can help smooth the way for changes that can occur in a community. There are many community activities that the time and energy involved in dealing with problems can now be used to maintain and better a community.

He who remains silent gives consent

If you are interested in information about forming a community homeowners association or  to learn the laws that govern manufactured housing and the residents that live in them, contact Carole Elliott at 734-483-9749 or email carkathelliott@AOL.com

              MOLA CONTACT INFORMATION

                 

    
President of MOLA

     Carole Elliott

     6988 McKean #252

     Ypsilanti, Mi. 48197

     President of Swan Creek HOA

     Appointed Commissioner  to the Manufactured Housing Commission

     734-483-9749

     carkathelliott@AOL.com

 

Secretary of MOLA

Carolyn Susan Miller 

     5229 W. Michigan # 289
     Ypsilanti, Mi. 48197
     734-572-8995
     President Arbor Meadows HOA

Legislative Liaison representing MOLA

Former State Representative

Former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor  and Treasurer

 Ruth Ann Jamnick

rajamnick@sbcglobal.net