The Spring issue of the OSTA Quarterly Review is now out of my hands and probably already printed and ready for mailing. Look for it soon in your mailboxes, if you get get a paper copy, or in your email inbox. Remember that sometimes your email server sends stuff to "junk," so you may find the Review there instead of in the inbox. I, of course, disagree with the email servers that consider the Review "junk."
This issue has a brief summary of the Landlord/Tenant Coalition issues, some of which may not wind up in the final bill, but I think it's very important for our readers to know what we're trying to do to help all of us who live in manufactured homes on rented land. There's a page on the "termination" issue, which asks for your opinion. It's not easy reading, but "termination" can mean the same thing as "eviction," so I urge you to read and discuss with your neighbors and let us know what you think. This affects YOU and your home, so it would be worth discussing in your park meetings. You can comment here on the blog or write a note to our P.O. box or email your district director (addresses on p. 2 of all Reviews).
I also want to encourage you to make use of mediation services. They are FREE! I also welcome you to send questions about disagreements and concerns between residents and landlords or between two residents to pass on to our new mediation columnist. You can send the questions to our P.O. box via snail mail or to our district director, or directly to me via email to forward to our mediation columnist.
We're also looking for Helping Hands grants. The whole program at this point is dependent on member donations, and since most of our members don't have extra money, we've been impressed at the generosity we've seen. The new OSTA Review will tell you that MH/OSTA has given over $13,000 to our members to help them fix up their houses and age in place. We need to find some corporate sponsors to help us out, maybe with reduced prices on building supplies if not actual cash awards. Feel free to share your ideas, as the the person you help could be yourself!
--Jane, OSTA Quarterly Review editor