Register December 2013 No. 696
Chapter ATCP 125
MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITIES — FAIR TRADE PRACTICES
Tie-in sales; separate or discriminatory charges.
Rental agreement; requirements.
Rental agreement; limitations.
Changes in rental terms or manufactured home community rules.
Sale of manufactured home; transfer of tenancy.
Manufactured home relocation.
Termination of tenancy.
Prohibited practices; general.
Ch. ATCP 125 Note
Chapter Ag 125 as it existed on May 31, 1976 was repealed and a new chapter Ag 125 was created effective June 1, 1976; Chapter Ag 125 was renumbered chapter ATCP 125 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, April, 1993, No. 448
Ch. ATCP 125 Note
This chapter is adopted under authority of s. 100.20 (2)
, Stats., and is administered by the Wisconsin department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. Violations of this chapter may be prosecuted under s. 100.20 (6)
, 100.26 (3)
, Stats. A person who suffers a monetary loss because of a violation of this chapter may sue the violator directly under s. 100.20 (5)
, Stats., and may recover twice the amount of the loss, together with costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.
Ch. ATCP 125 Note
Landlord-tenant relationships in manufactured home communities are subject to ch. 704
and s. 710.15
, Stats., this chapter and ch. ATCP 134
, (Residential Rental Practices). Trade practices related to certain sales of mobile homes are subject to ch. Trans 141
, (Manufactured Home Retailer Trade Practices, Facilities and Records).
ATCP 125.01 Definitions.
As used in this chapter:
“CPI" means the annual average consumer price index — all urban consumers, as calculated and published by the United States bureau of labor statistics.
A unit designed to be towed or transported and used as a residential dwelling, but does not include a unit used primarily for camping, touring, or recreational purposes.
“Manufactured home community" means any tract of land containing 2 or more sites.
means any person engaged in the business of renting sites in a manufactured home community to tenants. “Operator" includes officers, representatives, agents, and employees.
“Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, business organization or entity.
“Rental agreement" means an agreement between an operator and a tenant for the rental of a site.
“Security deposit" means the total of all payments and deposits given by a tenant to the operator as security for the performance of the tenant's obligations, and includes all rent payments in excess of one month's prepaid rent.
means any plot of land that is rented or offered for rental for the accommodation of a manufactured home used for residential purposes. It does not include a plot of land rented for the accommodation of a manufactured home that is:
means any person residing in a manufactured home and renting a site from an operator.
Liquified petroleum gas other than liquified petroleum gas in portable containers;
Fuel oil supplied through a permanent central system in the manufactured home community; and
ATCP 125.01 History
Cr. Register, May, 1976, No. 245
, eff. 6-1-76; renum. from Ag 125.02 and am., cr. (intro.), (6) and (8), Register, February, 1987, No. 374
, eff. 3-1-87; CR 13-027: renum. (1) to (1s) and am., cr. (1e), (1m), am. (2), (3), (7) (intro.), r. (8), am. (9), (10) (a), (c), (d) Register December 2013 No. 696, eff. 1-1-14.
ATCP 125.02 Tie-in sales; separate or discriminatory charges.
No operator shall:
Require, as a condition to the rental of any site, the purchase of a manufactured home from the operator or any dealer, manufacturer, or agent named by the operator.
Represent to any person that the purchase of a manufactured home from the operator or any dealer, manufacturer, or agent named by the operator will give the purchaser an advantage over others in the rental or continued occupancy of a site.
Discriminate or threaten to discriminate in rental charges or in any other respect against a tenant for failure of the tenant to purchase a manufactured home from the operator or any dealer, manufacturer, or agent named by the operator.
Solicit or receive any payment or other thing of value from any seller of a manufactured home for agreeing to rent a site to the purchaser of such manufactured home.
Solicit or receive any payment or other thing of value from any person upon the representation or understanding that such consideration will give that person an advantage over others in the rental or continued occupancy of a site.
Use a manufactured home site to display a manufactured home offered for sale, or rent a site to a manufactured home dealer for purposes other than accommodation of a manufactured home occupied as a residence, if the use or rental of the site results in there being no site in the manufactured home community available to a prospective tenant who does not purchase a manufactured home from the operator or renting dealer.
ATCP 125.02 History
Cr. Register, May, 1976, No. 245
, eff. 6-1-76; renum. from Ag 125.02 and cr. (6), Register, February, 1987, No. 374
, eff. 3-1-87; CR 13-027: am. (1) to (4), (6) Register December 2013 No. 696, eff. 1-1-14.
ATCP 125.03 Rental agreement; requirements. ATCP 125.03(1)(1)
Every rental agreement shall be in writing. A copy of the rental agreement shall be furnished to the tenant at the time the rental agreement is executed. If a manufactured home is purchased from or through the operator, a copy of the rental agreement shall be furnished to the tenant before the tenant signs the manufactured home purchase contract. The rental agreement shall conspicuously set forth all terms and conditions affecting the rental of the site, and shall include:
The amount of rent for each rent paying period and all property, services, and facilities provided by the operator and included in the rent. Except as provided in sub. (5)
, the amount of the rent shall be expressed in a dollar amount.
The amount of any security deposit, installation charge, or other charge payable by the tenant under the rental agreement but not included in the rent, including charges for utility services provided through the operator's facilities. If utility service charges are based on the amount of utility service used, the rental agreement shall set forth either the specific rate or the method by which the charges are to be computed.
Rules and regulations shall be included in or attached to the main body of the rental agreement.
The approximate size of the site and its location in the manufactured home community.
The amount of the monthly municipal permit fee assessed by local units of government and payable by the tenant. If the monthly fee is not known, an approximation shall be given.
The amount and due dates of fees assessed by local units of government for waste hauling, recycling, or similar services payable by the tenant. If the amount and due dates are not known, an approximation shall be given.
Notice that the operator reserves the right to screen the purchaser of a tenant's manufactured home before renting a site to the purchaser, subject to s. 710.15
A disclosure as to whether the manufactured home community contains an emergency shelter, and, if the community has an emergency shelter, the location of the emergency shelter and procedures for its use.
A copy of the manufactured home community rules and regulations.
ATCP 125.03 Note
Under s. 710.15 (5m)
, Stats., an operator may terminate a tenancy if the tenant refuses to sign a rental agreement.
The initial, and each succeeding rental agreement shall be for a term of no less than one year, unless a shorter term is requested in writing by the tenant and agreed to by the operator. Under any agreement for a rental term of 2 months or more, rental payments shall, at the option of the tenant, be payable in equal monthly installments.
The operator shall, at the time the rental agreement is entered into, and throughout the term of the rental agreement, make available to the tenant the name, address, and telephone number of a person who may be contacted concerning the maintenance of facilities and services provided by the operator. Such information shall be included in the tenant's copy of the rental agreement or in a separate written notice furnished to the tenant.