Revised Above Ground Storage Tank Rules went into effect August 15. Brochures and more information are available from the VT Fuel Dealers Assocation:
The Department provides the forms and notices park owners need to sell their mobile home park, raise the rent, or register a park, and has authority to impose penalties for violations of the mobile home park law, bring suit in civil court, or refer such violations to the Attorney General or State's Attorney. Our staff can answer questions and help with compliance with the law and rules.
Park registration - The registration and lot fee of $12 per occupied leased lot are due annually on September 1. Online registration for 2017 is open. To register by mail, please contact us for a Registry and Lot Fee Invoice. In 2016, 74% of parks registered online, a percentage we hope to increase. For 2017 registration progress updates see Facts and Park Registry.
Lot rent increases – Vermont law requires 60 days' notice to each Leaseholder and the Commissioner on the Mobile Home Park Lot Rent Increase form and Worksheet provided by the Department. Any increase of more than one percent above the one-year change in CPI-Housing as determined by the Department is eligible for mediation. The mediation threshold for 2017 is 3.6%. The percent and updated notices for 2018 will be available in early October.
Fillable rent increase form: File will open in a new window. If necessary click View, Edit Document to complete this form. "Save As" when finished.
Printable rent increase form:
2017 Notice of Lot Rent Increase and Worksheet (pdf)
Owner's Affidavit for Capital Improvements Surcharge (pdf) - Required for any increase that includes a surcharge for capital improvements, which is defined as the replacement or repair of any major infrastructure system that costs more than $2,500.
Park sale – Vermont law requires 45 days’ notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to each mobile home owner and the Commissioner before selling a mobile home park. (* With exceptions for sales or transfers among family members, through foreclosure, to a trust solely benefiting a park owner’s family members, among partners who are owners, incidental to financing, among owners as joint tenants or tenants in common, pursuant to eminent domain, or pursuant to a municipal tax sale.) The law also requires a sale notice before closing a mobile home park unless you are not selling the land for at least five years.
Forms effective April 12, 2013 (updated 6/8/17). Failure to use the current forms may render a Notice of Intent to Sell invalid, requiring a re-notification. Notice of Intent to Sell must be sent by Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested. If refused or not deliverable the notice must be re-sent by First Class mail to the mobile home owner's last known mailing addres. The Department will be happy to review any notices to ensure they are complete and accurate before mailing them to the residents.
Notice of Intent to Sell a Mobile Home Park forms and Instructions (doc) If necessary click View, Edit Document to complete this form. "Save As" when finished.
Park closure - Vermont law requires 18 months' notice by certified mail to each affected resident or leaseholder before closing a mobile home park. Notice of Intent to Sell is required before issuing a closure unless the land owner files a restriction in the land records stating that the property will not be sold for a period of five years from the closure notice. Contact us for the required forms and instructions.
Leases - Vermont law requires written leases in mobile home parks. The minimum requirements for lot leases are outlined in the Housing Division Rules. Park owners are required to provide a copy of the current lease to any leaseholder upon request.
Model MHP Lot Lease (doc) - meets basic statutory requirements. Updated June 2014. Developed by the CVOEO Mobile Home Program and reviewed by DHCD.
Rules - The Housing Division Rules govern many aspects of owning and operating mobile home parks in Vermont, including the Rules for Mobile Home Park Warranty of Habitability.
Are there Underground Heating Oil Storage Tanks (UST's) in your park that need removal?
Information on loans for removing, installating, and upgrading UST's is available from ANR's Waste Management Division.
What are the rules about discrimination?
The Rights of Households with Children and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Housing (pdf)
- Applies to the initial set up of new manufactured homes, effective May 1, 2016
- Installer licensing information and list of licensed installers
- Inspection information and list of qualified inspectors
- Mobile home retailer responsibilities and disclosures