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This is an issue that has changed over the years. Pursuant to the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act in 1988, and the adoption of federal HUD regulations to carry out the Act, it was originally believed that
multiple residential communities could not backtrack once they had decided to open up to an “all-age” status. However, under the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA), which amended the 1988 Act, regulations
established a transition period until 2000 to provide a mechanism for communities to become housing for older persons if they had abandoned or did not achieve such status before HOPA. Then, in 2006, HUD adopted a memo to clarify how communities that did not convert to housing for older persons before the 2000 transition period deadline could do so. If vacated spaces fill up with qualifying seniors (55 or older), and the park does not
discourage or discriminate against younger people from buying available homes when these vacancies occur, the park can be “built back” to a senior status. However, this is difficult to achieve and few parks, once they become family parks, have been able to go back to a 55-or-older status.

● Reverting to a senior-only park is allowable, but rarely achievable.

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