Age discrimination hits home

Law of the Land

Lucille Williams owns a 1960-model mobile home, for which she had leased a space in Bay City Mobile Home Park since 1971. Williams’ lease agreement included a term providing that in the event of a transfer of the lease, the mobile home could only stay on the premises if it met Bay City’s mobile-home standards.

One of these standards was that the manufacturer placed a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department seal certifying compliance with federal standards on the mobile home at the time it was manufactured; HUD seals are not placed on mobile homes manufactured prior to 1976.

Williams’ daughter desired to be added to the lease in 2005. Bay City refused Williams’ request to partially "transfer" the lease to her daughter, on grounds that the mobile home did not comply with the Park’s standards in that it had neither sufficient square footage nor the required HUD seal.