Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers Association
Code of Ethics
Editor's Note: The following was taken directly from the Western Manufactured Communities Association website (www.wma.org). We have made bold the important passages.
The residents of mobile home/ manufactured housing communities, as homeowners, can expect recognition of their rights to privacy, respect, courtesy and dignity. The responsibility of management is to serve the needs of the community, and to provide safe and well-maintained common areas and community services. Mutual respect and concern are the governing principles of management-resident relations.
In order to provide for responsible relationships between resident and resident, and between residents and management, and to protect the investment of residents and management, reasonable rules and regulations shall be established in writing and be available to all residents. Management pledges to enforce rules and regulations in an equitable and forthright manner.
Communications are essential to all interpersonal relations and to the successful operation of all businesses. Management pledges to be available to residents, to be receptive to their constructive suggestions and to provide factual information.
Contentment, security and peace of mind are the desires of residents and the goals of management. To this end, management pledges that residents shall be free of worry of arbitrary or unlawful termination of tenancy. Management further pledges to operate the community in a manner consistent with established business practices and procedures which assure long-term economic stability for residents and investors.
Management recognizes its business responsibilities to the community, state and the Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers Association, and pledges full support of those laws and activities which encourage the growth of manufactured housing community living and the Association.
Revised on September 12, 2013
BY-LAWS OF THE
MOBILE HOME PARK OWNERS - DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I - Name
Section1. Name: The name of this organization shall be the Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers Association.
ARTICLE II— Objectives
The objectives of the Association are:
Section1. To unite the Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers of North Carolina for the purpose of exerting a beneficial influence upon the profession and related interests.
Section2. To provide a unified medium for Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers whereby their interests may be safeguarded and advanced.
Section3. To further the interests of Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers.
ARTICLE Ill -Jurisdiction
Section1. The territorial jurisdiction of the Association shall be Goldsboro, Wayne County and North Carolina.
ARTICLE IV - Membership
a. Anyone who owns or manages a Mobile Home Park in North Carolina may apply to be a member of the Association.
b. Every approved member of the Association shall be entitled to attend any meeting of the Association and vote in Association activitiesand pay annual dues.
c. Membership in the Association shall not be transferable.
d. Each member must agree to the standard business Code of Ethics pertaining to the arbitration of disagreements & disputes among its
members and tenants.
e. A written application for membership shall be required and the name of each member, along with other pertinent information, shall be entered into a Register of Members by the membership committee. See Article VII for addition information on fees & dues of members.
Section 2. Affiliate Members. An affiliate member is an individual that does not own or manage a Mobile Home Park in North Carolina but has like business interests and shares sympathy with the objectives of the Association. Affiliate members have a vote in Association activities and pay annual dues.
Section 3. Public Service Members. Public Service Members shall be individuals who are interested in the mobile home park ownership profession as employees, or is involved in providing public utilities and services to mobile home parks or who is involved in city or county government or other similar organizations. A public service member does not pay dues and has no vote in the affairs of this Association.
Section 4. Honorary Members. Honorary Member shall be individuals not engaged in the mobile home park ownership profession who have performed notable service for the mobile home park ownership profession, for the Association or the public. No annual dues and no vote.
ARTICLE V — Application for Membership
Section 1. Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall review all written applications for membership, determine membership eligibility, identify the type of member and if the applicant wishes to have an active role (pay dues, attend meetings, hold office, work on various committees) or wishes to have only a passive role (i.e. pay dues, vote).
Section 2. Membership Application. See Attachment 1.
ARTICLE VI- Obligations
Section 1. Obligations. It shall be the duty and responsibility of every member of the Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers Association to abide by its by-laws.
ARTICLE VII- Application and Dues
Section 1. Application Fee
A written application along with annual dues is required.
Section 2. Dues. The annual membership dues shall be as follows:
$50 Ten or less mobile homes and/or lots
$100 More than 10
$50 Affiliate Member
ARTICLE VIII- Officers
Section 1. Officers. The elective officers of the Association shall be:
b. 1st-Vice President
c. 2nd Vice President
Section 2. Officers shall be elected for a term of two years. The secretary and treasurer may be the same person. Officers may be reelected for additional terms if they wish to run.
Section 3. Duties of the Officers. The duties of the officers shall be such as their title, by general usage, would indicate. It shall be the particular duty of the Secretary to keep the records (current membership list, meeting minutes, etc.) and carry on all correspondence of the Association. The Treasurer shall keep track of all funds received and expenditures of the Association. The Treasurer will also be responsible for the payment of all association bills with the approval of the Association President and Secretary.
Section 4. Election of officers. At least two months before the bi-annual election, a nominating committee of three Association members, appointed by the President, shall select two candidates for each office, place into nomination and be voted on by the general membership.
Section 5. Annual Meeting. The election of Officers shall take place at the annual meeting in January. Election shall be by majority vote and each vote shall be cast in person. The names of all candidates, confirmation of their willingness to serve, and the office for which they are nominated shall be announced by the
Nominating Committee and/or Association President at least one month prior to
the election. In case of a tie vote, lots shall determine the issue.
Section 6. Vacancies. Vacancies in leadership will be filled by a new election within 90 days of the vacancy.
Section 7. Removal of Officers. A majority vote of the Association Officers can remove any officer deemed to be unable to fulfill the duties for which elected, but will not resign voluntarily. A replacement will be determined in accordance with Section 6 above.
ARTICLE IX. Meetings
Section 1. Meetings.
a. During the initial Association development phase (Nov 2011-Nov 2012), there will be a monthly Members meeting. The meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm at a location determined by the Association President.
b. After the Association development phase (Nov 2011-2012), the annual meeting shall be during the month of January. The location, date and
time will be reaffirmed by the Association President and each member will be advised at least two weeks prior the annual meeting.
c. Every member shall have one vote, regardless of the number of mobile home parks owned, and there shall be no proxy voting.
d. Special meetings of the members may be held at such other times as the President may determine necessary or upon the written request of at least 50 percent of the Members eligible to vote.
e. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of fifty percent (50%) of the members eligible to vote at the meeting.
f. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Officers and members may conduct business by electronic means.
ARTICLE X- Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees. The President shall appoint from the Association Members, the following standing committees:
a. Membership Committee. Includes membership application, identification of members and working on internal issues involving fees, dues, and budget.
b. By-laws Committee. Draft by-laws, work with attorney in developing the documents required by the N.C. Secretary of State.
c. Research Committees. Several may be required depending on the issues that the Association decides to research (i.e. Landfill Fees, county permits/fees, 15-year rule, etc.)
d. Nominating Committee. Identifies willing candidates to fill vacant positions within the Association.
e. Public Relations/Liaison Committee. Represents the Association at various governmental meetings that are of interest to the Association. Keeps Association President & general membership informed.
Section 2. Special Committees. The President shall appoint such special committees as deemed necessary.
Section 3. President. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees and shall be notified of their meetings.
ARTICLE XI — Fiscal and Calendar Year
Section 1. The reporting period for the association will be based on the calendar year.
ARTICLE XII — Rules of Order
Section 1. Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be recognized as the authority governing the meetings of the Association wherein its provisions do not conflict with these By-Laws.
ARTICLE XIII — Amendments
Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended by a 51 percent vote of the Mobile Home Park Owners - Developers Association Members present and qualified to vote at any meeting at which a quorum is present.
Section 2. When such amendments are to be considered, every member will be notified at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE XIV — Dissolution
Section 1. Upon the dissolution of this Association, the officers of the Association, after providing for payment of all obligations, shall distribute any remaining assets
to any non-profit tax exempt organization.
Draft 6. Revised & Voted on August 17, 2015