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Modular housing is getting a second look as Colorado confronts a lack of affordable homes

BUENA VISTA — Charlie Chupp deflects the perceived perfection of his timing.  As housing and construction costs skyrocket in Colorado, creating a labor crisis that threatens tourism and building industries in mountain communities, Chupp is six months from opening a modular housing production facility capable of churning out two fully-built, ready-to-assemble homes a day. The […]

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Coronavirus dampens debut of program to give mobile home owners a fighting chance in disputes

Nearly a week ago, the long-awaited mechanism designed to level the playing field for mobile home owners in their beefs with the park owners who control the ground beneath them finally went live — May 1, right on schedule.  Some expected that, after years of pent-up frustration, residents would quickly send a flood of complaints […]

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Colorado’s mobile home owners are about to get more leverage in disputes with park owners

New rules have begun to take shape to help Colorado mobile home owners at odds with their park-owning landlords, with the first phase outlining thousands of dollars in potential fines for parks that violate the law and providing protection for home owners from landlord retaliation. The rules, part of last year’s revamp of the Mobile […]

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Parked: Colorado towns are taking action to preserve their remaining mobile-home parks

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Jeff Morehead’s cat slips through the small, square door carved into his wooden fence, a gateway from Morehead’s mobile home lot to a serene landscape of blooming flowers and shade trees.  On the other side of the wall is the Yampa River Botanic Park, a public garden that hugs the edge of […]

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Parked: New state law brings hope to Colorado’s mobile-home residents

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park owners who control […]

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Parked: Ouray woman watches a mobile-home investment evaporate with her mother’s death

For many Coloradans, the purchase of a single- or double-wide trailer represents their variation on the American dream of home ownership and a slice of financial equity, even in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. But in Ouray, Lillian McMurrin’s experience stands as a cautionary tale of how the relationship between mobile-home park resident […]

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Parked: Delta mobile-home resident poisoned by carbon monoxide; rental company denies anything is wrong

Editor’s note: The subject of the story has asked her real name be withheld out of fear for her safety due to a previous violent relationship. When Joanna first moved into her new home, it seemed like a step in the right direction. She had just gotten out of jail and had spent some time […]

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Parked: Aurora considers how to preserve mobile-home parks after park’s closure

More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters. Now, Aurora lawmakers, like so many across the state, are struggling again with whether and how to preserve the dwindling stock of affordable housing. When Aurora City Council members approved a 10-month […]

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Parked: One of the wealthiest counties in Colorado owns four mobile-home parks, an effort to hold on to affordable housing

While the existence of five mobile-home parks in Colorado’s wealthiest county might come as a surprise to some, they are actually an integral part of Pitkin County’s affordable housing system. In fact, the city of Aspen first took steps in the early 1980s to preserve a mobile-home park in the middle of town that still […]