What is a mobile home park?
Vermont law defines a mobile home park as any property with three or more mobile homes or mobile home lots. There are limited exceptions for seasonal parks and housing for farm employees.
Mobile Home Park Registry
Mobile home park owners are required to register their park(s) with the Department and pay lot fees annually on September 1. The lot fee is $12 per occupied leased lot. The department has authority to enforce the registration under 10 V.S.A. § 6205.
2021 Registrations Submitted
Parks registered: 39
Lot fees: $11,436
2020 Mobile Home Park Registry - park address, contact information, lot availability, lot rent
2020 Mobile Home Park Detail - 5 year lot rent history, services
2020 Summary Sheet - parks and vacant lots, county data, lot rent increases
2019 Mobile Home Park Registry (Included in 2019 Mobile Home Parks Report below)
2019 Mobile Home Park Detail
Registry and Mobile Home Parks Reports - periodic report that provides an update on the status of mobile home parks in Vermont over a three-year period based on the findings and statistics of the annual registration, and includes the corresponding Registry List of Parks.
2019 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report
2016 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report
2013 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report
2010 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report
2007 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report
Mobile Home Park Risk Assessment Tool
The risk assessment tool provides comprehensive information about mobile home parks in an Excel spreadsheet and includes selected park registry data, flood hazard information, water and wastewater systems, state permits and water system violations, and lot rent increase and vacancy trends. File will open in new window. Click Enable Editing to sort and filter. Now updated with 2020 registry data, 2018 public water supply violations, and municipal water source.
Risk Analysis Tables (.xlsx)
Email Mobile Home Park Update for any updates or corrections. Please include your name, MHP ID and name of park, and source of the information you are providing.
What are the laws governing mobile home parks?
The mobile home park law is found in Chapter 153 of Title 10 of the Vermont Statutes. DHCD is authorized to enforce this statute in court, impose administrative penalties of up to $5,000, or refer violations to the Attorney General or State’s Attorney.
The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources regulates water and septic systems under Chapter 64 of Title 10, and public water systems that serve mobile home parks. Design, layout and general requirements for mobile home park development may be regulated by local zoning ordinances, and by Act 250 in some cases.
Is a mobile home the same as a "manufactured house"?
Under Vermont law the terms mobile home and manufactured home are used inter-changeably. Strictly speaking, homes built under the HUD-code since 1976 are correctly called "Manufactured Homes", while homes built on a permanent chassis before the HUD-code was established are commonly referred to as "mobile homes". Most people no longer use the term "trailer" when referring to this type of housing.
The term "mobile home" is often considered a misnomer because most mobile/manufactured homes are not moved after the first time they are set up for residential occupancy. In Vermont, only about one percent of mobile homes in parks are moved in any year.
What is the average lot rent?
In 2020, the median monthly lot rent was $355. The median measures the midway point, meaning half of all mobile home park lots in the state had rent higher than the median and half had rent lower than the median. Rents vary in different regions of the state and park to park.
Is there a limit on rent increases?
There is no cap on mobile home park lot rent or rent increases, but leaseholders can dispute any increase that is more than the "mediation threshold" of one percent above the annual change in "CPI-Housing", as determined by the Department. For 2021 the mediation threshold is 3.1%.
In 2020, 122 parks increased the monthly lot rent by an average of about $13 and one eligible increase was disputed and went to mediation.
Do most mobile home park residents own their home?
Almost 90% of mobile homes in parks are home owner units. The "dual ownership" of owning a home, but renting the land it sits on is one of the reasons states have adopted laws to balance the rights of park owners and residents.
Who owns Vermont's mobile home parks?
The majority of Vermont's mobile home parks are owned by private for profit investors. Under Vermont law, mobile home owners are entitled to notice and an opporunity to purchase before it is sold to anyone else. Since 2011, 14 MHPs have converted to resident owned cooperatives - or ROC's. Since 1989, nonprofit housing agencies have acquired or built 47 mobile home parks. In total, Vermont has 65 mobile home parks owned by cooperatives and nonprofits, with a total of 3,206 lots. This equals more than 27% of Vermont's mobile home parks and 45% of all mobile home park lots in the state.
How many Vermonters live in mobile homes?
In 2017 there were an estimated 19,094 occupied mobile homes in Vermont with 14,491 owner households and 4,603 renter households, meaning approximately 44,642 Vermonters lived in mobile homes in 2017. Mobile homes make up about 7.2% of residential housing units in Vermont. (Source: HousingData.org) Almost 6,700 or just over one-third of Vermont's mobile homes are located in mobile home parks.
Why do mobile home parks close?
Many of Vermont's mobile home parks were built more than 50 years ago before most state permits and local zoning. Some of the reasons parks have closed include water or septic problems that were unfeasible to repair, sale of the property for development or change of use, or because the owner decided to retire, or sell the land. Flooding in 2011 damaged 17 parks, destroyed more than 125 mobile homes in those parks, and caused two of the flooded parks, with 6 and 11 lots each, to close.
Park closure can cause considerable hardship for those affected. Vermont has adopted laws providing 18 months' advance notice of any park or lot closure, and in some cases requiring the owner to offer the park for sale to the residents before closing.
Are any new parks being built?
Eighteen new mobile home parks with a combined total of 214 lots have been built in Vermont since 1990, but only three new parks with a total of 20 lots have been built since 2000. Three of the new mobile home parks that were built in the early 1990's were constructed by non-profit housing organizations to provide affordable housing in Brattleboro, Rutland, and Williamstown. Existing mobile home parks have also been expanded.
Are there any lots available?
The statewide vacancy rate for 2020 was 5.0%, however, six out of ten mobile home parks continue reporting no vacant lots.
For information on available mobile home park lots see our page of nonprofit and resident-owned mobile home parks and park registry listing.