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Oak Leaf mobile home residents win reprieve from eviction
The 65 residents of the Oak Leaf mobile home park may win a reprieve from an eviction threat, after the California-based owner agreed Thursday to accept a purchase offer for the complex in Portlands Cully neighborhood.
CASA of Oregon, a Sherwood nonprofit, agreed to accept the offer Thursday night on behalf of tenants, said Chelsea Catto, CASAs manufactured housing cooperative development director. Now CASA needs to do due diligence, various steps to assure the buyout can proceed, as well as arrange subsidies to make the buyout pencil out.
The 34-space mobile home park, owned by Van Tran, is at 4556 N.E. Killingsworth St. Tran failed to initially report that the complex was being put up for sale and redevelopment, as required by state law. Tenants sought help from Legal Aid attorneys, Living Cully and faith groups, and connected with CASA.
CASA, Living Cully and Oak Leaf residents expect to ask the Portland City Council next week for up to $1.5 million or more to help finance or subsidize the buyout. On Thursday, June 16, the City Council is expected to approve a new city construction excise tax, as permitted under a new law passed by the Legislature earlier this year. Oak Leaf residents and CASA will seek aid from the city from that new funding source.
If the deal goes through, this would mark the 10th mobile home park in Oregon that CASA has helped convert to a tenant-owned cooperative form of ownership. That brings mobile home owners relief from anxiety that the land will be sold out from underneath them and that space rental rates will rise too quickly.