of Manufactured Homeowners Association"
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE
Your Community Representative: Helen Novella
When you finish reading this article, I hope you will
realize it is in your best interest to support The
Federation of Manufactured Homeowners Association.
You might be year-round residents, a U.S. snow-bird or a
Canadian snow–bird. We here at Lake Fairways enjoy the good
life: golf association, entertainment committee, men’s club,
women’s club, aqua babes, bowling, bridge, craft show,
Christmas parade, soft ball, tai chi, shuffleboard, bocce
and much more. We come we enjoy and take part and then go
home relaxed and invigorated. But what is required to
protect your asset of the good life? When the season ends
and you return to your everyday life are you sure what you
left will be here next season? Like any asset you have to
protect it. What is protecting your asset? You have two
guard dogs. One is our Home Owners Association, active here
in the community, the other is the Federation of
Manufactured Home Owners Association, protecting you in
Tallahassee. The community residents are always strong
supporters of L.F.H.O.A. In the past the community was a
strong supporter of the F.M.O. but over time the support has
dwindled. I hope to re-educate the community of the
importance of the F.M.O.
I will start by sharing how the F.M.O. began and how
important it has been to help us maintain the life style we
so much enjoy. In 1962, the St. Petersburg City Council
planned to enact an ordinance mandating that mobile home
owners install tie-downs, a very expensive proposition
then. Peggy Johnstone, upset by the impending mandate,
contacted fellow mobile home owners and, on March 26th,
77communities came together to defeat the ordinance. The
F.M.O. was founded that day with a clear vision in place:
protect the interest of manufactured/mobile home owners in
Florida. Through the years since then the organization has
protected us over and over, but that is past history that
you can read at another time. I will share some of the more
recent successes: 2009-Prevent repeal of the existing sales
tax exemption on mobile home lot rentals; 2011- Prevent
deregulation legislation that proposed to abolish the
Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes; 2012-
Defeat legislation to require a new prospectus at resale;
2013- Negotiated with Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and
pass legislation to require Citizens to reinstate coverage
of your attachments and appurtenances if insured with them.
It is so important what the F.M.O. has accomplished in our
behalf. But, the organization has to have a presence in
Tallahassee, watching and questioning what is going on in
the Legislature that affects our life style. The F.M.O. is
the only organization in the State of Florida that watches
over the interests of the people living in manufactured
The Florida Mobile Home Act (Florida Statute 723) was
enacted in 1984, in part to address the relationship between
the Park Owners and the Homeowner. The Legislature
recognized that the mobile home owners have certain basic
property rights, which must be protected. The legislature
also recognized that the park owner had certain rights that
needed to be protected. They also are included in the law.
In order to operate the F.M.O. we must have the financial
support of the home owners, and the membership count to have
clout with the legislators in Tallahassee. The officers of
the organization are all volunteers. But there are operating
expenses that cost money. There is our lobbyist, Nancy Black
Stewart, our lawyer, Lee J. Collins on retainer, the
building/office located in Largo, Fl., the office staff, the
F.M.O. News our bi-monthly magazine, the Tech Service for
the web page. These are expenses that have to be paid on a
regular basis. Our U.S. banking system was “too big to
fail”, but it did and look at the price we paid. Your F.M.O.
“is too important to you to fail”. Let’s not let that
The annual membership is $25.00 or three years for $65.00.
There is a copy of the F.M.O. Membership Application
included in this month’s Informer for your convenience. I
will also have applications and a self addressed envelope
with me at Saturday Coffee and the Home Owner’s monthly
meetings. Feel free to call me and I will drop off an
application at your home. For Our Canadian residents be
sure to include your e-mail address. The post office does
not forward the magazine to Canada.
Please take action, join or renew your membership.
The F.M.O. needs you and you need the F.M.O.
Lake Fairways F.M.O. Representative