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State Representative says Rent Control will Pass

August 14th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted Tue., Aug 13, concerning the state house’s passage of a rent control measure for the four manufactured housing communities in Acushnet, Massachusetts, Rep. Robert M. Koczera (D-New Bedford) says, “I have every reason to believe it will become law.” It now goes to the Senate and will return to both houses of the legislature for enactment before being signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, as Rep. Koczera tells southcoasttoday. The measure mimics a similar home rule petition that established rent control in Easton, MA.

(Photo credit: Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times–Brookside Mobile Home Park, Acushnet, MA)

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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MHI Hires SNR Denton

May 25th, 2012 Comments off

Earlier this month the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) contracted with noted legal experts SNR Denton to pursue statutory changes to the Dodd-Frank Act and the SAFE Act through the enactment of HR 3849, The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. The law firms other thrust will be to alter the regulations contained in the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) that restrict the availability of financing for the purchase of manufactured housing. With more than 60 locations worldwide, SNR Denton’s roots go back 225 years. MHI will continue its relationship with Porterfield and Lowenthal to deal with current and proposed legislation and regulations that impact manufactured housing finance. For a detailed analysis, please click here. For link to MHI article, click here.

(Image credit: Manufactured Housing Institute)