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City Council to Consider Checkerboarding of Manufactured Homes and RVs

May 17th, 2016 Comments off

wyoming__laramie__seven_acres__mhp__mhvillage__creditIn March, the Laramie (WY) City Council lifted the ban on the sale or transfer of mobile homes built prior to standards of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1976, as laramieboomerang informs MHProNews.

In Dec. 2015 at issue was an ordinance restricting recreational vehicles (RVs) to no more than 180 days presence in a manufactured housing community (MHC) or an RV park, raising concerns from some RVers that they would have to relocate. If adopted, community management would have to segregate the MH from the RVs, a topic that is on the agenda for this week’s meeting.

While the city staff recommends the ordinance be adopted as written, Community Development Director Randy Hunt suggested allowing RVs and MH to intermingle in what he called a checkerboard pattern. “If they (city staff) give us clear direction and say they decide to do checkerboarding, to allow for interspersing, that’s not a hard amendment. I would say we’d need one month for postponement,” he said.

He added that any postponement would require park and community owners’ licenses be automatically extended for 12 months. “It’s not a critical issue for the city to have those licenses in place, but park owners have told us it’s critical for their purposes, for their bankers to know they’re licensed in the community,” Hunt said.

Much of the discussion in December centered around the safety of modern RVs versus the older ones the city staff is concerned about.

Mayor Dave Paulekas wants the issue settled. He said: “I think we’ve had plenty of opportunity to vet this whole subject, plenty of opportunity to research and hear public comment — it’s time to give direction, whatever that may look like.” ##

(Photo credit: MHVillage–Seven Acres MHC, Laramie, Wyoming)

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Review Board agrees with Manufactured Home Community Owner

April 10th, 2015 Comments off

mfg community  california  progressive housing creditThe Mobile Home Review Board in Vista, California was created by the city to hear disputes between manufactured home community residents and community owners, and to encourage fair treatment, as thecoastnews informs MHProNews. Three residents of the Green Valley Mobile Home Park had a hearing with the board April 2, arguing recent rent increases violated the Mobile Home Park Accord.

The accord was established in 1996 after the city received numerous complaints against community management. Julie Paule of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association said, “It was somewhat of an agreement since the infighting (between the residents and the city about a rent controlled ordinance) had gotten so hostile and I would suggest it’s probably been a good solution for Vista in the long term.” However, she added, “It was never to bring uniformity to rents.

Green Valley Manager Greg O’Hagen said, “What (the accord) does is protect existing homeowners from big rent increases year over year. What it also does, is protect homeowner to homeowner sales.” The accord says the rent cannot rise more than two percent unless there is a break in homeowner-to-homeowner sales. The review board sided with the community owner because in this case there was a break in the chain of sales. ##

(Photo credit:progressivecommunity–manufactured home community in California)

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Factory-built Homes are Beyond Repair

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

Four uninhabitable manufactured homes at Florella’s Park in Northfield, Minn. that have been empty for years will be removed by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) using funds from a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Block Grant, as southernminn tells MHProNews. According to federal standards, HRA must acquire the homes before removing them, which it will buy for $500-2000 each. The Edward Teske Trust, owner of the pre-HUD Code homes, was quoted $4,500 each for disposable, resources it does not have. The units must first be tested for hazardous material contamination before removal. HRA is working with the community management, which hopes to replace the homes with newer models.

(Photo credit: Matthew J. Silver)

Couple Sue MHC Owner

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

The sltrib tells MHProNews Steve Anderson and his wife, residents of Cottonwood Coves MHC in Murray, Utah just outside Salt Lake City allege the owner, Terry Robison, unilaterally changed the terms of the contract they signed in 2004 without their signature. Initially, sewer and water fees were included in the rent but a May, 2012 notice from management said those utilities would now be metered separately for each home in the community. Management offset the increased cost by dropping site rents $18/month in the 168-site community. Robison also dropped the grace period for paying rent from ten days to five, and increased the late payment charge from ten percent of the rent and $2 a day to $100 and $5 a day. In addition, rents are set to increase to $537/month on Feb. 1, a $39 a month rise for the couple. A breach of contract lawsuit they filed was dismissed by the judge, so they have re-written the complaint. Robison, who has owned the community since 1999, when asked about the increases said, “It’s just business, it’s what we have to do — it’s what landlords have to deal with all the time.” He feels certain he will prevail in the upcoming lawsuit as well. Steve Anderson is past president of the Utah Manufactured Homeowners Action Group and serves on the executive board of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association.

(Photo credit: Francisco Kjolseth/Salt Lake Tribune–Nancy and Steve Anderson)

Self-Directed IRA Earns 15% from MH

December 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Bloomberg reports Marilyn Cotterman of Brownsburg, Ind. put $40,000 in a self-directed IRA that allowed her to invest in manufactured housing, earning a multiple of the original investment in three years. As a Roth Ira, gains and income accrue tax free providing you do not benefit in any financial way outside the IRA, and you do not take money out before 59 1/2. All repairs, property taxes, management and other expenses must be paid from the account. Sweat equity is not allowed. Neither you nor any immediate family member can rent the manufactured home (or other real estate) or receive income from the property. Cotterman sells the homes she restores using a promissory note, in effect becoming the mortgage lender. “Buyers don’t care about the interest rate, just the total monthly payment,” she says. If the home buyer wants to site the home in an MHC, the community management does screening of would be residents, saving her a step. If the buyer defaults, she gets the home back and resells it. On one $10,000 promissory note she earned 15 percent after costs. Companies that offer self-directed IRAs do not check the legitimacy of where you invest, which opens the door to ponzi-type scams. As MHProNews has learned, compliance issues of Dodd-Frank and the SAFE Act should also be considered when making such investments.

(Photo credit: Pine Grove Mfg. Homes, Inc.)

Disaster Planning Vital to Community

November 5th, 2012 Comments off

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) reminds community owners and managers of the importance of having a preparedness plan in place for residents in case of an impending hurricane or sudden tornado. If a community has multiple exits, who should use which exit, and what happens if an exit is blocked by a fallen tree. New residents should be given disaster plans in their “welcome packet” along with supplies that could be helpful in the event of an immediate need. Police and fire departments and agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA—www.ready.gov) offer free planning assistance. Community management should develop an emergency notification system, including identifying residents with special medical and first responder skills, such as paramedics, nurses, and others knowledgeable in basic medical assistance. As MHProNews knows, educating residents is vital to the well-being of a community. For tips from Kurt Kelly on protecting communities, please click here.

(Photo credit: Birmingham News—April 27 tornado damage)