VIDEO Introducing MH/OSTA

Breaking News Coalition Bill SB 294

The coalition bill, SB294, was signed by the Governor and became law on June 23, 2011.

Senior Resource Directory

I recently discovered that Jackson County publishes a very valuable Senior Resource Directory (46) page, 22,000 issues, with names and phone numbers from almost every organization that offers help for seniors in Jackson County. A small sample of the listings includes:  Access, American Red Cross, Food Stamps, Legal Assistance, Housing Assistance, Medicare Information, Disability Services, and many, many more.  

People living in Jackson County can find their copy at no cost in Rogue River, Central Point and Medford Senior Centers. Pick up additional copies at Providence Lifeline/Medivan, 753 Spring St., Medford, or call 541-732-5466. I would expect other Counties to have similar publications.

Board President

Terry Smith

Tenant Rights as to Rule Changes

The question that I am asked quite often by tenants (residents) of mobile/manufactured home parks has to do with Rules and Regulations. Some residents don’t have a copy of the rules and regulations, and don’t know how to get them. Some residents don’t know that it is okay to have rules and regulations that are not the same for all residents. Some residents don’t know they have a right to vote for or against changes in the rules and regulations.

Every landlord who rents a space shall provide a copy of the Statement of Policy; rental agreement; rules and regulations; and remedies before the prospective tenant signs an agreement. If you don’t have all of these, you should get them from the landlord.

 When new tenants move into a mobile/manufactured home park they may be given rules and regulations that are different from yours. This is okay. You are only responsible to follow your R&R’s and not theirs, and the same goes for the new tenants.

If the landlord wants to change or add to the rules and regulations, including changes that make a substantial modification of the landlords bargain with the tenant  the landlord must notify all residents with a 60 day notice and unless tenants of at least 51% of the eligible spaces file an objection within 30 days of the date the notice was served, the change shall become effective for all tenants of those spaces on a date not less than 60 days after the date that the notice was served by the landlord. Title 10 Chapter 90 (90.510) page 53 and (90.610) page 63 & 64.

Be sure to get several more signatures than the required 51% because some tenants may change their minds.

--Terry Smith, MH-OSTA president

OSTA chapter at Lee's Mobile Home Park in Eugene has been reactivated.

I'm pleased to announce that the OSTA chapter at Lee's Mobile Home Park in Eugene has been reactivated with E.J. Ross serving as president, Mark Prever as vice-president, and Marita Ruiz as secretary-treasurer. Three former members re-joined. Lee's is an older park along the beltline in the Santa Clara area of Eugene. The houses are well kept, and residents help each other, even painting the homes as needed. The gardens are beautiful. I was pleased to be invited to the meeting and hope to go again next time when maybe there'll be cookies and lemonade and more of the neighbors to get to know!
--Jane Capron

ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM - Briarwood in Eugene

The Adopt-a-School project at Briarwood in Eugene is going well. Katherine Barnes is continuing her work on the knitting for the children at Danebo School. I am working on collecting Box Tops for Education and have sent over around 40 or 50 dollars worth so far. Newest project is Bunko as a fund raiser for money for shoes for the kids. We have had 3 Bunko sessions so far and I have $34 collected for that project. We are having Bunko bimonthly and $1 goes into the kids fund for each person who plays. We have had 12 people the past 2 times and hope to get another table going next month. We are playing the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Having fun and helping the kids too....Can't get any better than that!
--Nancy Robinson

Planning State Annual Meeting

The Salem area committee that's planning the  MH-OSTA state annual meeting will make further plans on June 22. Committee members include, June Abbott, Trudy Kenny, Karon Gilmore, Marilyn Davis, Jim Harless, Nan McWillams, and Kay Strobel. Call me for details on time and place of this second planning session for the October 22 meeting at the Keizer Elks Lodge.
--Susan DeLateur, Salem Area District Director


Senate Bill 294, our coalition bill that you read about in the current OSTA Review, passed both Houses with its amendments yesterday, June 10, and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. We owe a big round of applause to John Van Landingham, moderator of the coalition and MH-OSTA board member, for his untiring efforts to move this bill.

The latest manufactured home park to adopt a school is Madrone Hill in Central Point. The park will be helping the children at Patrick Elementary in Gold Beach during the up-coming school year.  Now is the time for all you wonderful people to choose your schools and start your plans. Do keep us informed. Just send an email to your district director and we’ll post the information on this new blog.
--Gary Walters

Feel Good News

News that makes me feel good is I've gotten more feedback on this current OSTA Review than on any other issue. People like the aging-in-place article.