December 12, 2012

Mobile Home Owners Air Grievances

The cesspools have been overflowing. There are potholes all over, so severe that one resident allegedly broke two bones after falling in one. The community pool has been closed for years. The electrical system is outdated. Tenants say they are being charged for chores the owner is supposed to take care of. Yet, the rent goes up each and every year.

Thus is their plight, said residents of the East Hampton Mobile Home Park, who have banded together to address the issues. And, they have two powerful politicians in their corner.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Ken LaValle attended a meeting hosted by the tenants at the park Friday.

The owner of the complex is RHP Properties, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company did not have any representatives at the meeting.

Representatives from the Mobile/Manufactured Home Owners Association of Suffolk attended Friday's meeting. They advised the locals about the legal steps necessary to form a tenant's association. "It would be like stirring up a hornet's nest," LaValle said.

Thiele offered his legal services pro bono to help with the process, he said.

"In some other states tenants have access to the courts for rent gouging if the increase exceeds the cost of living," Thiele noted. He said a similar bill has passed in the assembly but stalled in the senate, a victim of landlord and real estate lobbyists.

This isn't the first time residents of the mobile village mobilized. About eight years ago The Independent published a series on the matter. The manager at the time, Barbara Schellinger, was accused of, among other things, forcing trailer buyers and sellers to pay her a broker's fee, which is illegal in New York State.

At the time RHP, whose spokesman was Jay Weston, denied the allegations and supported Schellinger. Weston, in fact, said he wasn't aware the residents were unhappy. But several residents said they had contacted him, and at least one produced certified letters of complaint he had mailed to Weston. After The Independent investigation intensified Schellinger was not only removed as manager but was ordered to leave the premises. She reportedly left the state after at least one resident contacted police with allegations that Schellinger sought kickbacks from workers she hired to perform chores at the site. However, it should be noted police never formally charged her with wrongdoing.

The most egregious complaint currently, Thiele said, is that the sewer system is inadequate. Potholes are a concern, and speed bumps installed a few years back caused considerable damage to some of the cars residents drive.

The residents of the park own their mobile homes but must pay rent for the space and the services provided – snow removal, garbage removal, and security. There are almost 200 units, and the annual rent is $1.7 million. It should be noted the current complaints are not lodged against the facility's on site manager but its management company, a subsidiary of Newbury Management Company.

Thiele said he is hopeful that the bill to control rents will pass when LaValle submits it again. "Once the park owners know someone is looking over their shoulders" the complaints are usually addressed, he said.

A call to RHP was not returned by press time.

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    The Real Villain!
    June 24, 2013 | 03:20 PM

    I'm quite familiar with RHP's antics and I can tell you that Jay Weston is not the actual villain in this scenario. Ross Henry Partrich the CEO of RHP is!. Jay is really a good guy and most likely an unfortunate pawn in the game of scum elitism. Mr. Weston is most likely giving the answers he has been instructed to give in order to save his job in this broken economy. He has seen the fallout from those who have attempted to do the right thing in the past. Mr. Partrich's cowardice is as apparent as his unethical methods. He does not seem to give a rat shit about his tennants. His main concern seems to be lining his already overflowing greedy little pockets! Poor Jay.

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    Amen to that!
    June 24, 2013 | 03:25 PM

    Agreed. I don't blame Jay at all. That damned owner is the one who doesn't give a damn. I guess if his rich spoiled snot nosed kids lived in of the shitholes he owned he'd get off his sorry ass and get things in order. What a jerk!

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    Former Employee
    June 25, 2013 | 07:28 AM

    I used to work for the company and I have no doubt that Ross the rat is most likely to blame. I hated working for that greedy little weasle. He's a prime example of a pompous rich asshole who cares more about money than people. Isn't it ironic that his name is Partrich as in Part Rich? What better name for a greedy little fuck like him? It would be hilarious if RHP went bankrupt and Ross was forced to move his family to a slum tenement in the middle of the ghetto. Talk about poetic justice. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.

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    What's in a name?
    June 25, 2013 | 07:31 AM

    There's no way in hell I'd put my name on a company that offered up shitty service like that. What a fool.

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    RHP is a cesspool!
    June 28, 2013 | 05:20 PM

    RHP sucks! I wonder if that Ross Partrich worshipping brown noser Bob Rogala still works for the company. Man that dude was pathetic the way he used to kiss corporate ass. I guess he had no life outside that place. Dude straight looks like Homer Simpson with hair. I doubt he has a wife and kids to go home to looking like that. But on the real RHP needs to get their shit together. Still the same shady asses as always. Same shit, different day.

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    shit company
    January 23, 2014 | 01:53 PM

    worst career move ever the ceo brad said i was nothing more than a monkey

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    RHP Sucks
    April 26, 2015 | 08:04 AM

    Brad Valka is a moron and a puppet. Yes, brown nose Rogala still works there and he still looks like Homer Simpson.

    Hard to believe someone that homely had the audacity to inquire as to if my friend, who looks like Vanessa Williams(Miss America) and is as kind as mother Theresa had a boyfriend. He said he couldn't imagine kissing someone whose breath smelled like poo. Well Mr. Rogala, you LOOK like shit! Bad breath can be changed. You were born looking like that! You're hardly a chooser so should you be acting as if you're Brad Pitt? I think NOT!!! Honey, it's YOU no one can imagine kissing.

    My BEAUTIFUL friend has a HANDSOME, KIND, BLUE EYED HUSBAND! Beautiful women who have it going on the inside to don't have a problem getting handsome men. Bob Rogala is obviously gay and racist. That's the only reason he attacked that sweet girl.

    Anyway, RHP sucks. They're all about money, they don't care for their employees or their clients. That's why they hire people like Bob Rogala. And if my friend complained about his abuse toward hers(one day he verbally attacked her because she had to answer the phone while he was asking her a question), SHE would have been fired! Talk about a network of jerks!! I hope they go belly up!!!

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    March 06, 2017 | 10:15 AM

    Is there any way being one of his residents of getting myself out of his crap hole? We are still buying the trailer but I want out and away from all this. Too much stuff to list.

    Delicia Sims
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    RHP terrible corporation
    January 17, 2018 | 07:43 AM

    Just got a letter from rhp warning that if my dogs don't stop barking I will be removed from the park, My dogs are INDOOR DOGS & when i went to speak to the manager i was told this wasn't about the barking dogs, it was about pet registration. I'm pretty sure this is called "Deceptive business practices" & is ILLEGAL! Next, in my investigation of this, it was only the majority of the Americans in the park who have dogs that got this warning as 95% of this park are from Mexico and I'm pretty sure this is called Discrimination as a means to get the Americans out of this park in Thornton Colorado. RHP are a terrible company and need to be put in check!

    Illegal Alien, welcome here, no dogs allowed
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