Mission Statement
The purpose of the Federation is to promote the general welfare of its members and protect the rights and interests of manufactured/mobile home owners and to be a consumer advocate for manufactured/mobile home owners
 
     
About FMO
     
  What is FMO?       Accomplishments      Who We Help      Services  
     
What is FMO?
The Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc., (FMO) is a statewide, consumer advocacy association dedicated to protecting the rights and interests and enriching the lifestyles of manufactured home owners. Formed in 1962, the FMO has a membership of approximately 60,000 manufactured home owners. FMO operates with more than 1,200 volunteer officers from around the state who serve members by answering questions, assisting with problems, organizing district meetings and workshops, and linking them to the Board of Directors and the administrative staff at the Largo business office.

In 1962, the St. Petersburg City Council planned to enact an ordinance mandating that mobile home owners install tie-downs, a very expensive proposition then. Peggy Johnstone, upset by the impending mandate, contacted fellow mobile home owners and, on March 26th, 77 communities came together to defeat the ordinance. The FMO was founded that day with a clear vision in place: protect the interests of manufactured/mobile home owners in Florida.
       
     

Accomplishments
It's one thing to recognize a problem exists; it's quite another  to take action to solve it. Every year, FMO members submit suggestions for legislative action; the Board of Directors reviews these suggestions and decides what FMO's legislative priorities will be for the next year. Then we marshal our resources to push for the suggestion to become law.

FMO's accomplishments for manufactured home owners span its extensive history. In fact, FMO was founded specifically to organize manufactured home owners to defeat, ironically, a mandatory tie-down ordinance that the St. Petersburg City Counsel had planned. Years later, FMO fought for and won legislation to secure funds to assist homeowners in retrofitting their homes with tie-downs.

In 2001 we celebrated the passage of legislation that creates a trust fund to compensate manufactured home owners displaced because of a change in land use, a well-deserved victory after a hard-fought battle.  
For a full list of accomplishments click here!

 
       
      Services?
The Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc. is the only nonprofit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of over 1.2 million manufactured home owners in the state of Florida.

While many of our resources target Florida legislators, making them aware of the problems that face homeowners and persuading them to affect positive legislation that will protect our members, we also offer personalized, individual assistance to members who need us.

Please scroll down to read more about each of our services.
     
  • Legislation
     

Survey results reveal that 71 percent of FMO members joined FMO because of the clout it gives them in the Florida legislature.

Every year, the FMO Board of Directors identifies areas that may make manufactured home owners vulnerable and then formulates a legislative agenda that is aggressively pursued by our legislative counsel, lobbyist, and members.

       
     
  • Litigation
     

When the situation demands it, the FMO Board of Directors will direct our legislative and/or corporate counsel to jealously defend and protect the rights and well-being of FMO's members.

       
     
  • Legal Counsel
     

FMO's Legal Counsel litigates specific cases and provides advice to the Board, the Largo staff, and to members through the LegalEase column in FMO News.

       
     
  • Lobbying
     

FMO's lobbyist works diligently to progress legislation that affects seniors, families, and the other mix of people who comprise our membership.

Count on FMO to look out for your best interests in Tallahassee.

       
     
  • Research
     

Board members, officers, staff, and legal counsel work behind the scenes to help you find the information you need to set up a homeowners' association, run an effective meeting, set up acquisition committees or file an official complaint. Members have the collective resources of the FMO at their disposal when they need assistance.

       
     
  • Education
     

Another popular benefit of joining the FMO is the many workshops held throughout the year. Workshops for those living in rental communities cover topics like negotiating with your park owner, organizing a successful homeowners' association, and purchasing your park.

For those in resident owned communities, workshops cover topics like managing your community.

       
     
  • Public Service
     

"People Helping People" is one of the founding principles of FMO, and our members prove it every day. In addition to the volunteer work they do assisting other manufactured home owners, many of them band together to organize collection and recycling events and then donate the proceeds to area schools. Other FMO members brush off the skills they honed for years before their retirement and volunteer as consultants and tutors.

       
      Who We Help
Because there are all types of manufactured home owners—those that own their home and land, those that rent land, those that live in family communities, just to mention a few—the FMO has diversified to assist homeowners in whatever situations they may find themselves. Please scroll down to read more about who we help.
       
     
  • Rental Communities
     

Residents of rental manufactured home communities own their homes and rent the lot  on which the home sets. The FMO helps residents of rental manufactured/mobile home communities prepare for negotiating with their park owners regarding rent increases.

The FMO also provides information about Chapter 723, Florida Statutes (FS), which governs unique park owner/lot renter issues.

In addition, the FMO offers workshops on negotiating with a park owner and resident purchase of a community.

 
         
     
  • Resident Owned Communities
 
     

The FMO has pushed for and won many rights for resident owned communities (cooperative and condominium forms of ownership),  including clarification of homestead exemption requirements so cooperative manufactured home residents could claim the $25,000 exemption from taxation enjoyed by other Florida residents.

Working with other organizations, the FMO has also succeeded in getting the Florida legislature to lower the annual fees for registering a not-for-profit corporation with the state.

 
       
     
  • Family Communities
     

The FMO is aware of the unique challenges faced by families. As working parents with small children or working adults without children, those who live in family communities are consumed with many activities during the day and don't have time to worry about new local or state laws that could affect their lives. The FMO monitors these issues for them.

 
   
     
  • Subdivisions
     

In the early 1990s, FMO members who lived in subdivisions began  asking the FMO for assistance with some problems they were having with community developers. In 1995, the FMO successfully pushed legislation specifically for mandatory homeowners' associations, which include subdivisions.

     
 
 

 

 





         
 
 
 
 
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