House Substitute 2 for House Bill 212
152nd General Assembly (Present)
Senate Housing & Land Use 6/28/23
Awaiting consideration in Committee
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING.
House Substitute No. 2 to House Bill 212 prohibits manufactured home community owners from increasing rent if the rent was increased by 5 percent or more the previous year or rental period, instead permitting an increase capped at 3 percent. This Act does not prohibit a community owner from increasing rent to market rent in phases as called for in current law, even if doing so would otherwise violate the prohibition on increasing rent after a 5 percent or more increase. It also allows a greater increase where more than 50% of the homeowners use the property as a second residence. This Act clarifies that penalties of rent reduction and repayment of excess rent will be imposed for a community owner who increases rent in violation of any provision of Title 25, Chapter 70. It also requires community owners to annually provide certain information relating to the lot rental assistance program to its homeowners and to certify to DEMHRA its compliance with the program requirements, and allows DEMHRA to request further information about the program as needed. It requires enrollment in the lot rental assistance program to remain open year-round. It requires community owners to provide specified contact information to DEMHRA within 60 days of taking ownership, possession, or control of a manufactured housing community. This House Substitute No. 2 requires the Manufactured House Ombudsperson Office to hold 2 meetings in each county per year where it offers information about lot rental assistance and other programs and services homeowners may be eligible for.
Takes effect upon being signed into law