Homeowners testified that park owners threaten with eviction anyone who goes door to door seeking to organize homeowners associations, saying it violates rules banning soliciting. They also say park owners threaten anyone making waves with eviction for such things as eating or drinking outside, parking on streets or walking on streets after 9 p.m.
"When you move into a manufactured-housing community, you have just stepped into the threshold of a dictatorial country," said Ken Parker, president of the Utah Manufactured Homeowners Action Group, at a rally before the hearing. He complained there that most Republicans would not listen to them but would meet with lobbyists for park owners.
Fisher said the bill is needed because "the rights of Utahns who live in mobile home parks are being trampled," and said, "It is a communications bill."
Park owners opposed it. Rick Bills, part-owner of the American Heritage Retirement Community, said it infringes on the rights of property owners to run their parks as they wish and is seen as a step toward imposing rent control which he said early versions of the bill contained.
Rep. Sue Duckworth, D-Magna, said lawmakers are "tired of this bill," seeing versions of it every year. She told park and homeowners, "You get together and fix this problem."