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Kashechewan First Nation Return Home, New Modular Housing Welcomes Them

December 7th, 2016 Comments off
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The two-and-a-half-year saga for the Kashechewan First Nation of Northern Ontario, Canada is finally over.

According to the CBC, four hundred evacuees have now started to return home after flooding in May 2014 of from the Albany River forced them to evacuate.

 

 

The evacuees have been staying in apartments, paid for by the government, while new homes were built to replace the damaged ones.

A total of about eight families have moved back and into new modular homes delivered over the summer. Families are expected to continue to return through the winter and spring months with all 104 modular homes full by August 2017.

The plan is to fly a handful of families back to Kashechewan every few weeks, with the goal of having everyone home by the end of the summer,” said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing.

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Flood damaged modular homes. Credit: CBC.

While the modular homes could be moved in the event of severe flooding in the future, some residents are thinking that they may have to leave again.

Some people are saying as they get on the plane, well, we’re going to see you again in the spring, because obviously the problems they have with flooding up the coast,” Desmeules said, “so, it’s always a roll of the dice for them.

Daily Business News writer Matthew J. Silver first covered the modular homes being delivered in a story linked here. ##

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Explosion at Manufactured Home Community Injures Resident

December 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Dorothy Czerniak, a resident of Sun Leisure Mobile Home Park in Penticiton, British Columbia is a lucky woman.

Czerniak narrowly escaped serious injury when what is believed to be an explosive device wrapped as a Christmas present exploded as she was opening it Wednesday morning.

She suffered minor burns and singed hair, but was not taken to the hospital.

It was on purpose, there was wires soldered to a nine-volt battery and a safety pin as a secondary clip,” said Don Czerniak, who is Dorothy Czerniak’s son. “I was just driving out of the park [sic] and dad phoned me up and I pulled over and dad goes ‘come home right away a bomb just exploded in my house.’ Now they’re just treating the site carefully, afraid it might have had some hazardous material. They said they had to treat it as a worst case scenario.

According to Penticton Western News, multiple ambulances and other emergency vehicles responded to the call around 10 a.m. at the manufactured home community located just west of the intersection of Channel Parkway and Skaha Lake Road.

Another community resident said she observed firefighters being sprayed with some material afterwards.

A young boy who lives nearby first saw the package on the ground in front of a cube van parked at his parent’s residence.

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He picked it up and took it to mom and dad. He figured, being older they just dropped it,” said Don. “Mom looked at it and couldn’t see anything and so she took the wrapping off to see if she could find something on it so she could return it and she went to open up the package and it blew up.

Don said that he didn’t know who would want to harm his parents, who were the previous caretakers at Sun Leisure.

They know everybody here,” said Don. “With the exception of the odd drug thing we never have any problems at this park [sic]. I told the cops this is just something you see on the news from Timbuktu, not Penticton. Mom is just glad it wasn’t a little kid.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, but details remained scant.

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Corporal Don Wrigglesworth. Credit: InfoCa.

We’re awaiting the arrival of our explosives disposal unit as well as our forensic IED section to examine the scene, so the matter is still under investigation at this time,” Corporal Don Wrigglesworth said. “We have one explosives disposal unit in British Columbia, and they’re coming up from Vancouver.

Wrigglesworth could not comment on whether or not there were any leads on who may have sent the package, which he said was left outside of the home, nor could he say whether the boy who allegedly left the package with Dorothy Czerniak had been interviewed.

At this time, our general investigation section is canvassing neighbors and they’re talking to witnesses,” he said. “We don’t know at this time who left the package outside of the residence.

Wrigglesworth worked to assure residents that this was an isolated incident.

At this time this is a solitary incident, I want the public to feel assured that our police and all our resources that we have available are on scene and we are investigating,” he said. “We have had no other reports of anything of this nature.” ##

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – November 6th – November 13th, 2016

November 13th, 2016 Comments off

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Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on Entrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead:

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State’s Manufactured Home Sales Soar

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Saturday November 12th, 2016

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Housing Summit to Address Workforce Housing, Showcase Manufactured Housing

 

Friday November 11th, 2016

 

Manufactured Housing CV Up 3.54 Percent, New Record High for Broader Markets

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Investor Sentiment Better than Expected for UMH Properties

Tribal Nation Wins Appeal in “Mobile” Community Case

Investors, Analysts Weigh in on Equity LifeStyle Properties

 

Thursday November 10th, 2016

 

Affiliated Managers Group Up, MHCV Down, Broader Markets Mixed, Dow Sets Record

President-Elect Transition Team, POTUS Obama, Mr. Trump Meet

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Utility Shutdown Could Lead to MH Community Being Condemned

Cavco Industries Reports Q2 Results 

Stocks Plunge & Surge – Unity and Protests

Ordinance Preventing Section 8 Discrimination Passes

  

Wednesday November 9th, 2016

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Skyline spikes, leads MHCV as Dow Swings 1000 Points On Trump Victory

“Amazing Future Homes” Video

TD Securities, Scotiabank Restate Positive Ratings for Killam Properties

Upset Win by Gracious President Elect, Donald Trump

  

Tuesday November 8th, 2016

Sun Communities, Universal Forest Products Up, MHCV Down, Broader Markets Steady

Money Missing from MH Cooperative, President Arrested

Trump has 32-25 lead in NH, Brits say Election for “Soul” of America 

Residents Forced to Move Due to Rezoning

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Status Quo or Time for a Big Change? Election 2016

  

Monday November 7th, 2016

UMH Properties Leads Up Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Up 371

Top Trends for Manufactured Home Buyers

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State Manufactured Homes Sales Rise 47 Percent In 2016

All Locked Up! Election Videos, Pics & Analysis

Champion Homes Purchases Former Excel Homes Facility

  

Sunday November 6th, 2016

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 30th – November 5th, 2016

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TD Securities, Scotiabank Restate Positive Ratings for Killam Properties

November 9th, 2016 Comments off
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TD Securities and Scotiabank have both reiterated their positive ratings for Killam Properties Inc. (KMP.UN).

TD Securities issued a note to investors on November 3rd, restating its “buy” rating for the company’s stock, with a price target of C$15.00.

Scotiabank also restated their “perform” rating on Killam in a report released on November 2nd. Scotiabank has a C$13.75 price target on the stock.

According to The Cerbat Gem, a number of other banks have also released reports on Killam recently:

  • RBC Capital Markets raised their price target on shares from C$13.00 to C$14.00 in a report on August 5th.
  • CIBC raised their price target on shares from C$13.25 to C$13.75 in a report on August 5th.
  • Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price target on shares of Killam Properties from C$13.00 to C$14.00 in a report on August 8th.
  • Canaccord Genuity downgraded shares of Killam from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and raised their price target for the company from C$13.50 to C$14.00 in a report on July 27th.

 

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Overall, two investment analysts have rated the stock with a “hold” and five have issued a “buy” rating. The company presently has an average rating of “buy” and an average target price of C$13.97.

As regular Daily Business News readers are already aware, in addition to multifamily apartments, Killam owns 35 manufactured home communities in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 30th – November 5th, 2016

November 6th, 2016 Comments off
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We begin the month with another thought-provoking themeEntrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month. save this special address from Donald Trump to MHProNews – and thus to our industry, click here.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead:

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Sun Communities Announces Q3 Results

November 5th, 2016 Comments off

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For the quarter ending September 30, 2016, total revenues increased $64.3 million, or 34.7 percent, to $249.7 million compared to $185.4 million for the same period in 2015.

Net income available was $18.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted common share, as compared to $28.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2015.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, total revenues increased $108.6 million, or 21.4 percent, to $615.1 million compared to $506.5 million for the same period in 2015. Net income available for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $19.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share, as compared to $47.9 million, or $0.90 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2015.

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Equity analysts provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $0.89 – $0.91 for the next quarter.

Our strong third quarter results demonstrate the consistent growth profile of our portfolio. With home sales solidly ahead of last year in both the third quarter and year to date, the ongoing demand for manufactured housing in our high quality communities is clearly evident,” said Gary A. Shiffman, Chairman and CEO.

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Sun Communities CEO Gary Shiffman, photo credit: Glenn Triest.

I am pleased with the integration of the Carefree assets, which are performing ahead of expectations, as we employ our experience and expertise as a consolidator in this space. With both site expansion opportunities, and selective acquisitions such as the four communities purchased during and subsequent to the quarter, we continue to be well-positioned to drive ongoing growth across our platform.”

Other highlights from the earnings call:

  • Home sales increased by 43.0 percent as compared to the third quarter of 2015.
  • Revenue producing sites increased by 292 sites for the quarter bringing total portfolio occupancy to 96.2 percent, up 250 basis points from the third quarter of 2015.
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As regular Daily Business News readers know, Sun owns and operates some 338 manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities located in 29 states throughout of the United States and Ontario, Canada. Sun Communities’ portfolio consists of approximately 117,000 developed sites. The firm is one of the largest portfolios of manufactured home communities in the United States.

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Modular Helping to Solve Affordable Housing Challenges

November 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Two Alberta, Canada based companies are teaming up to create a modular solution to affordable housing.

According to reminetwork, Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on their new modular apartment, an affordable housing development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.

The development will be the first of its kind in the area to use repurposed shipping containers as part of modular building technology.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

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There is a faster schedule, and off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors. The steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.

Ladacor will fabricate the shipping containers into factory-finished modules that will be transported to the site and then craned into place.

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Joseph Kiss. Credit: LinkedIn.

Our Advanced Modular System technology uses repurposed shipping containers as an integral part of a highly engineered, building code and CSA standard compliant modular system for multi-story buildings,” said Ladacor president Joseph Kiss.

The one-trip shipping containers that we use enable us to provide a high quality steel, non-combustible building that is cost-effective, with a fast-tracked schedule. When the project is complete, it will be indistinguishable from a conventional building.

The new complex will be a mix of one and two bedroom units with in-unit laundry and private patios. According to reminetwork, the Ladacor technology has already been used successfully for various projects, including a four-story hotel in Bruderheim, located northeast of Edmonton.

The Westgate Manor project has a building-permit in place with construction ready to begin, and occupancy scheduled for summer 2017.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have covered the affordable housing movement throughout Canada recently, including Vancouver’s plans to tackle their homeless crisis here. ##

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 23rd – Oct 29th, 2016

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We began the month with this thought-provoking theme: Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day by day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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Saturday October 29th, 2016

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City Council Approves Rezoning of Manufactured Home Community

 

Friday October 28th, 2016

Equity LifeStyle Properties Leads Up Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Down

A Facebook Sale Turns Into Arrest at Manufactured Home Retailer

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Potential Economic Boom Presents Affordable Housing Challenges

Manufactured Homes Expansion Welcomed as Affordable Housing Option

Head-to-Head: Cavco Stock Three Times Higher Value Site Builder MDC

 

Thursday October 27th, 2016 

Berkshire Hathaway, Louisiana-Pacific Up on Down Day for MHCV, Broader Markets

Officials – Tax Break sought by Clayton Homes

Modular Housing To Help Homeless in Hawaii 

City Controversy with Owner – RVs being denied in Manufactured Home Community

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Rewarding Bad Behavior? City Threatens Evictions, MH Residents Push Back

Is the Election Tide Turning?

 

Wednesday October 26th, 2016 

Carlyle, Cavco Up on Down Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Mixed

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Insider Trades, as Short Interest in Sun Communities by Fund Managers Rises

Fire Safety Month for All Housing, Including Safer Manufactured Homes

Assistant Mayor Pushes to Remove “Trailer” Terminology 

Election 2016 – Why It’s Not Over

 

Tuesday October 25th, 2016 

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Volunteers Make Statement, Repairs at Heritage Village

Carlyle, NorthStar rise but MHCV, Broader Markets Take Hit

Big Bet to Battle Homeless and Housing Crisis: Modular Homes

City Stops Construction on Manufactured Homes

 

Monday October 24th, 2016

Carlyle, Drew Lead Positive Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Up 

Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

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City tells Community Owner, Stop Lying – called a “Slumlord”

MHARR’s Mark Weiss takes on HUD: Production, Paperwork and Contractor Make-Work

First Look: 2017 Home Buying Season

 

Sunday October 23rd, 2016 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 16th – Oct 22nd, 2016

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Potential Economic Boom Presents Affordable Housing Challenges

October 28th, 2016 Comments off
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The potential for economic growth usually brings the promise of a windfall for many, including landowners. With that growth, potential challenges can also appear.

In Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.), the potential for future pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants and the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter brings with it the promise of good paying jobs.

It also brings fluctuating housing prices, which can cause challenges for seniors and those on fixed incomes.

Kitimat has gone through a lot of changes, but we do have some large projects proposed for the area right now,” real estate agent Graham Pitzel told the Vancouver Sun. “If those do go through, the times will go back to high rent, high prices — everything, we anticipate, will probably go up again.

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Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. Credit: DeSmog Canada.

In nearby Port Edward, the owner of the Stonecliff manufactured home community decided to shut the property down and turn it into a green space.

The community is close to a proposed LNG terminal.

Community owner Victoria Beattie alleges she was losing money on her investment, and the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) approved plans to close the property in 2014.

Notices were provided to everyone, and those who did opt to leave were given 12 months rent, required by law, as compensation.

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Stonecliff residents Ken Jennings and Mary Lamb-Smith. Credit: Vancouver Sun.

According to the Sun, a few residents remained. Bailiffs evicted them in December 2015.

Ken Jennings and his partner Mary Lamb-Smith were among those who chose to stay until the end.

My rent was so low that I would have received less than $3,000 to pay for the removal of the trailer [sic] that I’ve lived in for 40 years,” said Jennings.

I can’t afford to move my trailer [sic]  across the street for that kind of money in today’s market.

Back in Kitimat, residents of the Vista Village manufactured home community allege that their landlord is trying to clear the land by attrition – which makes it impossible for residents to assign their tenancy agreements to new buyers.

Municipal rules require community owners to pay a significant buyout to tenants if they want to redevelop, and those rights are protected under the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.

Provincial rules require residents to get their landlords permission to assign tenancy, but it can only be denied for reasons outlined in legislation according to B.C.’s Ministry Responsible for Housing.

For example, the home-park owner owes the landlord rent or the manufactured home does not comply with health and safety standards,” said the Ministry in an email to the Sun.

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Vista Village manufactured home community. Credit: Vancouver Sun.

No one is prevented from selling their homes and there have been at least 25 sales of homes in the past five years,” said Lee Ann Wolfin, owner of Vista Village. Wolfin contends that she’s not trying to get rid of her residents and plans to keep the property a manufactured home community.

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Lee Ann Wolfin. Credit: LinkedIn.

The community is currently 25 percent full.

According to the Sun, between the fall of 2013 and April 2015, Wolfin had at least 24 hearings at the Residential Tenancy Branch over disputes with the community’s residents, mostly involving eviction notices.

In a case against resident Michael Anthony, Wolfin received a warning from the arbitrator over the frequency of her unjustified eviction notices, totaling three in one year. The arbitrator warned Wolfin that she could face penalties for disrupting Anthony’s life.

[Wolfin] may have an ulterior motive to her actions,” the arbitrator suggested.

In the case of Marie Turner, the result was a demolished home.

Wolfin tried to evict Turner for failure to pay rent, but an arbitrator found that a rent check was lost in the mail “through no fault of the tenant.

Even with the finding by the arbitrator, Wolfin apparently continued to serve Turner with legally unenforceable notices, which adversely affected Turner’s attempts to sell her home.

Turner told the RTB that the landlord refused to sign off on an assignment of tenancy for prospective buyers because of the order. The arbitrator ordered Wolfin to pay Turner one thousand dollars for “disturbing the quiet enjoyment of her home.

After another attempt to sell her home proved unsuccessful, Turned demolished it and moved out.

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Marie Turner’s home being torn down. Credit: Vancouver Sun.

Emotionally, it was devastating. I’ve been out of there for about a year-and-a-half … and finally my emotions are starting to settle down,” Turner said.

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Harry Bains. Credit: The Georgia Straight.

Stories like these prompted Harry Bains (NDP-MLA), to draft a bill that calls for changes to provincial legislation, including the requirement that landlords provide evicted residents with up to $30,000 to cover moving costs if a community is being redeveloped, or for landlords to buy the homes at market value if they are unable to be moved.

Bains said that he was moved by the stories of community residents during his travels.

These are our seniors. They built this province and their country. Many of them fought for us,” said Bains. “They deserve a peaceful retirement.

The bill was introduced in the last sitting of the legislature, but did not make it to the floor for discussion.

The Daily Business News recently covered B.C. officials welcoming manufactured housing as an affordable housing option here.  ##

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Older “mobile home parks” and issues like those covered in this Daily Business News report are what often keeps modern and updated manufactured home communities from being more widely accepted.  Photo credit, UMH Properties.

(Editor’s Notes: The issue of residents rights vs. property owner’s rights has been hotly discussed on the Industry Voices blog, as shown by examples linked here and here.

The issue of resident vs. property owner rights is also spotlighted in a Fox News video, linked here. ##

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Manufactured Homes Expansion Welcomed as Affordable Housing Option

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A home in Big Maples. Credit: ReMax.

Directors with the Sunshine Coast Regional Districts’ (SCRD) planning and community development committee in British Columbia, Canada addressed a referral from the District of Sechelt earlier this month, regarding an expansion proposal from the owners of the Big Maples manufactured home community.

According to the Coast Reporter, Big Maples will add up to 31 new manufactured home sites to the community, should the project move forward.

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Silas White. Credit: Town of Gibsons.

Silas White, Councillor of the town of Gibsons, said he welcomed the project as a positive for affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast.

Elphinstone’s Lorne Lewis, also a big proponent for manufactured housing as an affordable option, agreed with White.

I really wish that people would search out locations in OCPs where mobile home parks [sic] could go in, because it is one solution for people to have affordable housing,” said Lewis.

Canadian vs. U.S. Manufactured Housing

U.S. readers should note that the Canadian’s have something similar to the U.S. HUD Code for manufactured housing, known as Z240, as the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) website outlines as follows.

Regardless of how or where a building is constructed, the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. the municipality) where the building will be located has a mandate to confirm that the building is built to code requirements. A certification label, indicating compliance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, is the building inspector’s assurance that the factory-constructed parts of the building meet local requirements,” says the CMHI.

Code References to Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes

Some building codes state that homes constructed in compliance with Z240 MH Series are “exempt” from the code,” says the CMHI.  “In effect, this means that homes constructed to the standard are deemed to comply with the code. Local authorities rely on the Z240 MH label to confirm acceptability.

Sunshine Coast Regional Districts’ Date Pending

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Lorne Lewis. Credit: Lorne Lewis.

No date was provided by the SCRD for a decision on the matter, as a host of referrals were presented from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO).

Upon approval, the SCRD would impose a development cost charge of $11,592 to cover the cost of water service, which could require extension of an existing water main.

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Big Maples (red marker). Credit: Google.

The Daily Business News has covered the challenges surrounding affordable housing in British Columbia recently, including the “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slowing manufactured home acceptance. ##

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