Focus on New Laws: Manufactured Home Park Policy Changes

The new law includes changes to local government public hearing requirements in the event of a manufactured home park closure.
(Published Aug 5, 2019)

A new law changing manufactured home park policy creates new local government public hearing requirements in the event of a manufactured home park closure. It also allows the placement of “modular homes” in a manufactured home park.

The new requirements were contained in the omnibus agriculture, rural development, and housing finance bill (First Special Session Chapter 1), which amends Minnesota Statutes, sections 327 and 327C. They took effect on July 1.

Notification requirements

Language in the new law amends Minnesota Statutes, section 327C.095 and modifies public hearing requirements for cities in the event of a manufactured home park closure. Affected cities must convene a public hearing within 90 days after receiving notice of a closure statement.

During the public hearing, cities must:

  • Determine a qualified neutral third party to act as paymaster and arbitrator to resolve any questions or disputes regarding payment to and from the Minnesota Manufactured Relocation Trust Fund.
  • Determine whether any city ordinance was in effect on May 26, 2007, that specified an amount of compensation to be paid out to displaced residents from the Minnesota Manufactured Relocation Trust Fund and provide that information to the qualified neutral third party.

Placement of modular homes

Unlike manufactured homes, modular homes (or prefabricated homes), are transported to the building site, assembled, and placed on a permanent foundation.

Article 6, section 4 of the law creates Minnesota Statutes, section 327.335, to allow the placement of modular homes in manufactured home parks with the following conditions:

  • Placement of a modular home is contingent on the written approval of the manufactured home park owner.
  • Any modular home must be assessed and taxed as a manufactured home.
  • Modular homes placed in a manufactured home park must adhere to zoning, subdivision, architectural, and aesthetic requirements outlined in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 394 and 462, which otherwise apply to manufactured homes.

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