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January 8, 2008

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CAPE  - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 5 Letter to the Citizens of Delaware There is currently "rent control" legislation being proposed for the State Of Delaware that will place controls on the rents being charged at all mobile home parks in the state, as well as giving the tenants the right of first refusal to purchase our parks. We own two parks that are both located on bodies of water with marinas and pools. These are vacation homes for a large portion of our ten- ants. For seventy percent of the tenants in one of our parks, this home is a second home. Every lot in both parks is occupied, and we have a waiting list for the next phase to be developed. Does this sound like a situation that needs government intervention? Two years ago, the tenants association and the manufactured housing association worked on a compromise bill that would provide monetary relief for those tenants that could not afford to pay their rent. There is currently a law in place that provides a state formula that determines the amount of rents we can charge individuals that meet the established criteria of need. If the state wants to have an affordable housing program, there is nothing to stop them from doing so. The State could easily purchase property inland, away from the cities and resort areas, where the cost of land is not so high, and develop mobile home parks and charge whatever they determine to be "affordable rents". If this law passes, what's next? The possibilities are endless. Maybe you own a restaurant and the government tells you how much you can charge for food, regardless of how good your food is or what the market thinks it is worth. Maybe you are a landscaper and the government limits how much you can charge for your work, regardless of how good you are or what the market thinks you are worth. Maybe you own a rental house and the government limits how much you charge for rent, regardless of how much the market thinks your house is worth. These are the effects of the govern- ment intervening with you and your property. Our great nation was founded on the principles of a free market. Some of our legislators in the State of Delaware don't seem to agree with this principle. If we all sit idly by and let our government slowly erode our freedoms, what legacy will we be leaving our children? If you agree with me that what is being proposed is an unjust law, I need your help. Please contact your legislators at (302) 744-4171 or (302) 744-4048 to vote against the rent justification bill currently being proposed, House Bill 258 and Senate Bill 122. And please remember the next time you find yourself in a voting booth, to vote for candidates that will uphold the principals of free enterprise. Thank you for your help! The Hudson Family MANAGEMENT 30045 Eagle Crest Road Office-: (302) 645-9464 Milton, DE 19968 Fax: (302) 645-2333 PAID ADVERTISEMENT