NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


April 18, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

GARRETT COUNTY MOBILE HOME PARK OWNER AGREES TO LET RESIDENTS REMAIN THROUGH APRIL 2003

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that the owner of a mobile home park at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County has agreed with Curran's Consumer Protection Division to allow residents to remain in the park through April 2003.

Glen Acres Family Limited Partnership, the owner of the Glen Acres Mobile Home Park, had sent a notice to owners of homes in the park in January that the park was closing and homes would have to be removed by May 1, 2002. Under the settlement reached with the Division, Glen Acres agreed to provide the mobile home owners with a one-year notice of the park's closing. The 48 owners now have until April 13, 2003 to move their homes from the park.

Curran said that Maryland's Mobile Home Parks law requires that mobile home park residents be given a year's advance notice if a park is going to close. "While we can't make the park owner keep the park open forever, the settlement ensures that owners of mobile homes receive time to make alternate arrangements," Curran said.

Curran said that the Mobile Home Parks law is intended to offer some stability to residents who are in the difficult position of owning their homes but renting the land upon which those homes are located. Although Glen Acres agreed to give the year's advance notice of the park's closing, it denies that the law applies to its mobile home owners, whose homes are only used seasonally.

Curran encouraged mobile home park residents or consumers considering moving to a mobile home park to obtain a consumer publication about their rights under the Mobile Home Parks law by calling the Division at (410) 576-6500 or toll-free 1-888-743-0023 or visiting the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.md.us.

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