This webinar looked more closely at the scenario where a resident, homeowner, or farmer owns the buildings that they live in and use, but only rents the land that those buildings sit on. This is called a “ground lease” and is often a part of the Community Land Trust model, but can be used in other situations as well, for example farmers who rent farmland but own the agricultural structures that they build. It is a model that is also used in many mobile home communities, often with negative repercussions for the “mobile” home owners who are captive to rent increases because they cannot actually move their manufactured home; so, we will also take a look at this challenge, and at the growing movement towards “resident-owned [manufactured home] communities.”
This webinar featured guest speakers Don Zasada & Bridget Spann from Caretaker Farm and Sarah Marchant from ROC-NH.
View future webinars in the series, including Webinar 3: Webinar: Cooperatives, LLCs, and Other Shared Ownership., on Tuesday January 31 (register here).
You can view the recording of the webinar below. If you missed this webinar but are planning to attend future webinars in the series, watching the recording is not required (webinars should be able to stand alone) but is recommended (as they are deliberately sequenced to build on one another.)
Slides from the webinar are below as well, including the examples of community land trusts, both local and national, that were mentioned throughout the webinar. Two additional resources that may be of interest to you are:
- Additional resources that may be of interest to you are:
- More information about Caretaker Farm’s land access arrangement is available on their website and in this profile written by CAFS @ VLGS.
- Additional information about ROCs nationwide can be found at ROC-USA
- There were several questions on the call about the state of ROCs in Vermont; as a starting point, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has a mobile home park registry that includes 5-year lot rent history, as well as a listing of nonprofit and resident owned parks.