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Mobile homes provide an important source of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income consumers. Contrary to their name, however, "mobile homes" tend not to be mobile at all. Once located, mobile homes almost always stay in place. Despite this, mobile home pads --the property on which a home is located-- is usually rented. Leases are often one year in length. Consumer abuses of mobile home tenants are, unfortunately, common.

FSC's mobile home work has addressed:

The closure of mobile home parks and their conversion to non-housing uses;

The imposition of transfer fees or other non-cost-based charges on consumers who wish to sell their mobile home in place;
The regulation of mobile home rents;
The tying of mobile home sales to mobile home pad rentals.

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The Problem of Mass Evictions in Mobile Home Parks Subject to Conversion
Challenging Entrance and Transfer Fees in Mobile Home Park Lot Rentals
Expert report on geographic and product market definition in Vermont mobile home tying case
Mobile Home Rent Control: Protecting Local Regulation

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