Manufactured Housing

Manufactured housing is a critical component of our nation’s housing stock. The team at Cozen O’Connor has been representing manufactured housing community owners, developers, and investors for more than 30 years, and our attorneys have experience with all aspects of the industry.

We work collaboratively with clients to maximize the value of their properties. We advise on acquisition and sale, refinancing, state and local governmental approvals, community relations, entitlements, and operating documents. We also represent community owners in rent control negotiations and litigation, failure to maintain claims, and dispute prevention activities.

Cozen O’Connor is a go-to firm for owners seeking to subdivide, close, or redevelop their communities. We advise and assist with all aspects of entitlements, contracts, and deal structure.

Cozen O’Connor’s Manufactured Housing Practice is unusual in that we offer deep knowledge of the patchwork local and state regulations that govern this industry, as well as general land use, in the context of a full-service national real estate practice.

As part of our commitment to excellence, we stay current on state and local politics, legal and regulatory shifts, and broader marketplace events that may affect our manufactured housing clients. Our team leaders are often invited to speak at industry events on business and legal strategies.


Mobile Home Parks, Rental Property and COVID-19 Government Orders

August 06, 2020

Thomas Casparian provided an update for the Manufactured Housing Educational Trust —Mobile Home E-Series, to answer some questions MHET has posed that are plaguing community management, and help explain the web of emergency rules and restrictions.

Rent Control for Manufactured Housing Communities - CPI Systems

October 01, 2019

Thomas Casparian published an article to MHInsider Magazine explaining inflation-factor rent control systems, their various forms, and how small details can make big differences.

Vacancy Control the Most Onerous Form of Rent Control [MHInsider Magazine]

August 01, 2019

Thomas Casparian contributed an article to MHInsider Magazine explaining some of the most common elements of MHC-specific rent control systems.

Expanded Rent Control Dead — For Now [Alert]

November 07, 2018

Richard Close, Thomas Casparian, Duane Montgomery, Spencer Isaac Eldred, and Susy Forbath discuss California voters rejection of Prop.10, which would have expanded the ability of local governments to implement more comprehensive rent control.

High Calif. Demand for Affordable Manufactured Housing – Great Opportunity

April 09, 2018

Manufactured housing operators are purchasing parks in spite of their perceived high cost. Whether for redevelopment of the property, adding new manufactured housing, or upgrading the property, the real estate market indicates that there is great upside potential.

Carson Finally Amends Rent Control Rules

March 26, 2018

The amended ordinance, which will become effective April 5, grants an annual increase of 75 percent of the difference in the CPI from the date of the last rent increase. The ordinance also includes an 8 percent ceiling and no floor.

Los Angeles County Rent Control?

February 16, 2018

Richard Close and Thomas Casparian discuss the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors' plan to establish rent control in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Coastal Commission Approval

February 15, 2018

Richard Close and Thomas Casparian discuss Cozen O’Connor's approval from the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Dan Guggenheim’s Rancho Mobile Estates in Goleta for the subdivision/conversion of the 150 space park.

California Landlord Victory

January 12, 2018

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses AB 1506's failure to pass in the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.

Tax Changes Affecting Real Estate Investments [Manufactured Housing Alert]

January 11, 2018

Tom Gallagher discusses the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its impact on the real estate industry.

In The News

State Governments Push Hard for Rent Control

July 24, 2019

Thomas Casparian was quoted in MHInsider discussing his thoughts on statewide rent control and how it affects the industry.

Beware of Rent Control Coming to Northern California

February 05, 2018

Richard Close, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses why the damage caused by mudslides, flooding, heat waves, and wildfires to homes and infrastructure throughout Northern California could ultimately lead to a need for rent control in Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.


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