On December 20, 2016, The Salt Lake Tribune highlighted the successes of the College of Law’s Mobile Home Park Helpline, an ongoing project of the Clinical program.
After 14 months of operating a specially created legal help line for residents and owners of manufactured-home parks, attorneys at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law have concluded the line should shut down — and be replaced by enforcement of laws already on the books.
Help-line calls revealed a host of problems that park residents face, including rent increases, hidden fees and confusing park rules. But, according to U. law professor Linda Smith, the callers also made clear that Utah’s Mobile Home Park Residency Act lacks the legal teeth to protect homeowners.
“It’s odd,” said Smith, supervisor of what was to be a two-year help-line program before she urged in November for it to be closed. “We have a pretty good act with a lot of procedures but no enforcement.”