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MHARR Comments on Manufactured Housing Anchor Standards

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), commenting on the proposed new ground anchor testing criteria and standards, says it has no objections as long as the new rule is consistent with recommendations made by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). However, MHARR calls for HUD to allow existing anchors to be utilized beyond the deadline set for the new standard until the supply is depleted. MHProNews has learned MHARR does object to the re-codification of certain federal installation standards that could subject the industry to inconsistent and discriminatory state and local regulation.

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HUD Issues Ground Anchor Proposal for Manufactured Homes

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a proposed ground anchor testing and installation rule for manufactured housing in the July 26, 2013 edition of the Federal Register. The proposal would adopt recommendations made by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee to determine ground anchor performance. Since there is no national test method for rating ground assemblies in different soil classifications, the proposal would establish a uniform test method to be used by all states. As MHProNews has learned, comments from interested parties are due by Sept. 24, 2013. For the Federal Register text, please click here.

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House Committee to HUD: Hire Manufactured Housing Administrator or Else

June 29th, 2013 Comments off

The 2014 fiscal year House Appropriations Committee measure that outlines budgets for the Dept. of Housing and Urban development (HUD) contains a provision that HUD must choose a permanent administrator of the Office of Manufactured Housing within 120 days of the legislation’s enactment. Introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), if HUD fails to meet this deadline, the agency will lose $50,000 in salaries and expense budgeting for each day the requirement is not met, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) newsletter. The report accompanying the bill states that “the Committee understands that a substantial backlog of recommendations approved by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee exists, and a lack of action and attention in this area has meant that codes and standards have not kept pace with technological innovation or allowed the industry to keep pace with consumer demand. The Committee looks forward to a more focused and responsive office under permanent leadership.” Knowing of the committee’s activity, a week prior HUD issued a notice announcing its search for someone to fill the administrator post, reversing a long-standing policy to leave the post vacant. As MHProNews knows, this marks an important milestone for the industry.

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New Members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

April 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s ManuFACTured Housing Newsletter reports the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) announces the appointment of three new members of the committee and the reappointment of six members, including the chairman, Richard Weinert. New members include: Debra Blake, Deputy Dir. for the MH Office, Arizona fire safety department; Dominic C. Frisinia, vice-president RoMar Homes of Pennsylvania; and Timothy O’Leary, Idaho Office of Energy Resources and manufactured home homeowner. Chairman Reinert is a codes and standards administrator for the Dept. of Housing and Community Development in Calif. Others returning are Michael Lubliner, Building Science Specialist at the Washington State University Energy Program; Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco Industries and Fleetwood Homes; Gregory Scott, president of ScotBilt Homes; Timothy Sheahan, a manufactured home homeowner, is an advocate for homeowner associations; and David Tompos, head of NTA, Inc., a HUD-approved inspection agency in northern Ind. As MHProNews reported here April 12, a subcommittee of the MHCC will conduct a teleconference April 23.

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Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee Sets Teleconference Date

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from The Federal Register that the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Structural and Design Subcommittee will hold a teleconference meeting Tue. April 23 from 1 PM to 4 PM EST. The agenda tentatively includes discussion regarding alternative foundation system testing, formaldehyde testing, and standards for windows, sliding glass doors, and exterior swinging doors. The conference is open to the public. For more information, including how to tune in, please click here.

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MHI & MHARR Begin Joint Project

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)  informs MHProNews at their  Board Meeting Feb. 25, president and CEO Richard Jennison presented the three issues which MHI is newly collaborating on with the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR): 1) have a non-career head of the MH program at HUD; 2) have two non-lobbyist representatives on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC); 3) and reform GSEs so there are more financing options for MH. And from their newsletter: “The Federated States Division recommended that MHI consider protection of retail sales centers from the CFPB definition of a loan originator through commercial speech laws. It was noted that the Finance Lawyers Committee is exploring options at this time. The Dodd-Frank/CFPB Task Force recommended that MHI’s financial services policy priorities be focused on reforming three key areas of CFPB regulation that would, both individually and collectively, significantly limit the availability of credit in the manufactured housing market. They are: 1) HOEPA High Cost Mortgage Triggers; 2) HPML Appraisal Requirements; and 3) Loan Originator Compensation Exclusion for Manufactured Home Retailers.”

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MHARR: HUD’s New Truss Tests add Costs

January 21st, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a final rule on the testing of roof trusses in high wind zones for manufactured housing, and is following some of the recommendations made by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). While HUD admits damage to homes has been reduced, MHARR asserts HUD is requiring additional testing that will lead to increased costs for the manufacturer and ultimately the consumer, thus creating another roadblock to a recovering industry. MHProNews understands while HUD is giving manufacturers 12 months to re-test existing trusses in certain wind zones, MHARR reiterates the importance of complying with the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 by appointing a non-career administrator for the MH program. For the ruling, please click here.

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HUD Seeking Input from MHCC

January 10th, 2013 Comments off

A letter dated Jan. 9, 2013, from Henry Czauski, HUD’s Acting Deputy Administrator in the Dept. of Manufactured Housing, to Robert Solomon, Project Mgr. of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), says the Government Accounting Office (GAO) finished a study of air quality and ventilation systems in manufactured housing. The GAO recommends HUD, working with the MHCC, develop a method to test the overall effectiveness of the ventilation system in terms of indoor air quality, as part of the HUD certification process. As MHProNews has learned, the letter is essentially asking for input from the MHCC on the GAO recommendations. For the complete text, click here.

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Nebraska Provides Contact Information

November 19th, 2012 Comments off

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC), noting each transportable section of a manufactured home should display a Federal Manufactured Home label on the exterior, says if consumers have a question about the label and the home was built in Nebraska, contact the NPSC. If the home was built in another state, contact HUD’s label contractor, IBTS. As MHProNews has learned, the notice provides links to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) and HUD’s Manufactured Home Program for consumers having problems with their home that are not being resolved by the retailer or the manufacturer.

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MHARR: HUD Continues to Downgrade MH Program

October 29th, 2012 Comments off

In reporting on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) meeting Oct. 23-25, 2012, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says the federal manufactured housing program as administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the authority of the MHCC have deteriorated to a new low. The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs is now under the jurisdiction of HUD’s Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs, which implies MH is a greater risk than other types of housing and prolongs the “trailer mentality” image which HUD has failed to dispel, instead of being part of the Office of Single Family Housing where MH could be a pivotal source of affordable housing. MHARR points out the industry as a whole needs to put pressure on HUD to effect change instead of accepting what is handed down, especially when it comes to upholding the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. MHARR also criticizes HUD for failing to act on recommendations proposed by the MHCC, in some cases going back five years. We will run MHARR’s full analysis as a November Featured Article, available by the end of this week on the MHProNews.com home page.

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