To The Daily Sun,
I have just completed 19 years as a tenant at Briarcrest and feel the need to join the fray. After learning about the owner's retirement and plans to sell I felt that everyone deserves time to really enjoy life. Change is usually difficult for all involved. Some can find it an adventure, others too scary to contemplate.
The sale to an Orlando firm saddened me and then the Hometown America firm out of Chicago was even more frightening, with the vastness of their holdings and once the Internet was consulted, most especially Hometown America.com/complaints. It also appeared that they did not have any mobile home park rent less than $500 per month.
I was relieved that we had an alternative and that the State of New Hampshire had an organization that would help us acquire the park. My belief is that organizations governed by people living in close proximity to the area and owners with a vested interest would care more about our well being than anyone else could. If anyone in the park had a problem, large or small, our neighbors would be our first to help. We have many single tenants, some elderly, with a fixed income that find rising costs in every area of life reaching a point that they can no longer keep up. The burdens continue to grow unabated. The caliber of the tenants in Briarcrest is such that it is hard to envision our park in deep decline as some have suggested.
To have the ownership and the governing body in charge made up of intelligent caring individuals working hard for themselves as well as the other tenants at Briarcrest as well as the fact that the monies generated by the park will stay in our park, our city, our county, our state makes a lot of sense to me. Our governing bodies will benefit as well as our schools, city government, stores, businesses, professionals and the environment. Within a few years the monthly rents will level and possibly stay the same for a while. This you will never see with outside ownership. Their only concern is profits.
The owner's organization has been busy gathering information for all the services now provided, estimates have been provided and bids have been received. These officers are doing all this work free of charge on their own time because they are concerned for all of us. We should all be willing to spend a small amount of time to ascertain what is best for all the tenants of Briarcrest. With this much of our lives at stake, a second opinion needs to be researched. An informational meeting is scheduled outlining the many benefits of tenant ownership of the Park and financial viability. We can all respectfully agree or disagree, having the facts should help the process.