An Act To Permit Disposal of Abandoned Manufactured Housing
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, legislation enacted last year inadvertently repealed the statutory process governing the disposal of abandoned manufactured housing or mobile homes; and
Whereas, this legislation provides mobile home park owners and operators a process for disposing of abandoned manufactured housing or mobile homes, including modular homes located on leased land; and
Whereas, immediate enactment is necessary to allow mobile home park owners and operators the ability to dispose of currently abandoned manufactured housing or mobile homes; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §9097, sub-§1-B is enacted to read:
(1) Condition the release of the property to the tenant or lienholder upon payment of all rental arrearages, damages, costs of legal fees and costs of storage;
(2) Sell any property for a reasonable fair market price and apply all proceeds to rental arrearages, damages, costs of storage, marketing expenses, legal fees and outstanding taxes. Any balance must be sent to the tenant's or lienholder's last known mailing address and, if returned to the sender, the balance must be forwarded to the Treasurer of State; and
(3) Dispose of any property that has no reasonable fair market value.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.