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Retailers, Communities, Producers Warned – Another HUD Power Grab

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

In what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says is a violation of the Trump Administration’s Executive Orders issued January 20, 2017 to ease regulations, the HUD MH program published an interpretive bulletin (IB) in the Federal Register that will alter the standards for MH foundations in “freezing climates.”

Having first emerged in April, 2016, MHARR states this is another example of an “out of control… program Administrator who appears to be pursuing an individual agenda particularly targeting smaller industry businesses.” MHARR says not only does it fly in the face of recommendations of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), it will also unnecessarily increase the cost of manufactured homes to smaller producers as well as to lower income prospective consumers. MHARR adds it will continue to benefit revenue-driven HUD program contractors.

HUD Ignores Regulatory Freeze

(Mark Weiss, CEO MHARR, Credit: MHProNews)

Terming it another HUD power grab, MHARR says the IB violates the regulatory “freeze” order which directs all Federal regulatory heads to refrain from sending regulations to the Federal Register “until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017 reviews and approves the regulation.”

MHARR says the bulletin was issued under the name of General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Genger Charles, an Obama holdover, and not an agency head. Additionally, the IB defies the Trump Administration Executive Order that requires a governmental agency to repeal two existing regulations for each new one it imposes, something HUD has clearly not done.

MHARR urges all program stakeholders to contact their congressional representatives and HUD officials to withdraw the IB. Comments on the proposal are due on or before August 21, 2017.

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MHARR to the EPA: Withdraw Discriminatory Formaldehyde Mandate

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw certification requirements contained in its December 2016 Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. MHARR contends the rule discriminates against manufactured housing and manufactured housing producers.

The call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC, convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.


Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

EPA’s discriminatory imposition of ‘finished good’ certification requirements on manufactured home builders while exempting site-builders from those same requirements, is both baseless and arbitrary, as even a cursory reading of the underlying statute shows. And that is without even getting into the procedural gymnastics used by EPA to change the final rule based on a re-opening of the public comment period to address – supposedly – a completely unrelated issue,” said Weiss.

With new leadership at EPA, though, and with President Trump’s regulatory Executive Orders, the industry will have an opportunity to seek changes to the rule to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the industry and the millions of lower and moderate-income American families that rely on affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing.”

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Dr. Carson Calls for Comments on HUD, MHARR Reacts

May 16th, 2017 Comments off

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a notice in the U.S. Federal Register yesterday, inviting comments related to identifying existing HUD regulations that may be “outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome.”

The directive, issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, is in accordance with Executive Orders (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”, and Executive Order 13777 “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” put forth by President Donald Trump in January and February respectively.

The notice is somewhat unusual in that it was issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson (and not a lower-ranking Department official),” MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss told MHProNews.

The notice states that HUD is in the process of establishing the agency Regulatory Reform Task Force required by EO 13777, and is seeking input from affected stakeholders in order to identify regulations that:

(1) Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;

(2) Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;

(3) Impose costs that exceed benefits;

(4) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; or

(5) Rely, in whole or in part, on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility.


Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

Weiss says that, as MHARR stated immediately after EO 13777 was issued, the President’s regulatory reform initiatives “offer, potentially, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal program back on track.”

For those in the industry who still downplay the possibility of regulatory reform at HUD and continue to believe that the intolerable status quo within the manufactured housing program is somehow good enough – or inevitable — this follow-through on the President’s regulatory initiatives by the HUD Secretary should be a call to action to move quickly and decisively for serious changes to the HUD program,” said Weiss, who continued, “to bring it into full compliance with the 2000 reform law and to conform the program to the reality of the manufactured housing industry today where outstanding homes, outstanding quality and outstanding value have resulted in unprecedented customer satisfaction and minimal levels of consumer complaints.”

The deadline for comments is June 14, 2017. Weiss says that MHARR plans to submit comments aggressively targeting these regulatory abuses, and urges others within the industry to do the same.

The full notice from the Federal Register is linked here. ##


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NAHB Commentary On Dodd-Frank Rollback

February 9th, 2017 Comments off

Trump signs the Dodd-Frank Executive Order. Credits: NBC News, NAHB.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has expressed support of President Donald Trump’s actions to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, President Trump signed an Executive Order to begin the rollback process that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Dodd-Frank is a disaster, said Trump, during a meeting last week with small business owners, including NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan

We’re going to do a big number on Dodd-Frank.

NAHB commends President Trump on his announcement to reform regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act that have hampered our nation’s housing recovery and slowed economic growth,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.


Granger MacDonald. Credit: Builder Magazine.

We support common-sense regulations to protect American consumers and preserve our nation’s banking system, however, the tight lending conditions created by Dodd-Frank are preventing too many home builders from receiving loans and restricting mortgage financing to credit-worthy borrowers.

The Daily Business News, MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered Dodd-Frank and its impact on the manufactured housing industry extensively, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Their impact on affordable housing has, in essence, created a “Renter’s Nation”.

Don Glisson, CEO of Triad Financial Services, has a very intimate understanding of the impacts both agencies have on the industry.


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Don Glisson. Credit: Triad Financial.

Our compliance costs have quadrupled in the past three years alone,” said Glisson.

We are the answer to the country’s affordable housing issues, but we don’t get fair treatment at the federal level. There are no MH dwellers inside the Beltway, so we must not be a good housing choice in their eyes. Government is taking sides and it’s harming the very middle-class they profess to want to help.

MacDonald has a similar line of thinking.

Regulatory relief for mortgage lenders and small and mid-sized banks that serve their communities is critical for the nation’s housing recovery,” said MacDonald.

NAHB has been calling for reduced regulatory burden on real estate lending since Dodd-Frank’s passage in 2010.” ##

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Gov. Extends Executive Order

June 15th, 2012 Comments off

StateJournal reports from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the executive order that suspends the consumer sales service tax and use tax on manufactured and modular housing purchases, as well as on certain building materials, in the wake of the flooding and wind damage that hit the state in March. Taxpayers in 11 counties can take advantage of the extension through July 14. “Families and businesses continue to restore what Mother Nature quickly and swiftly destroyed,” Tomblin said. “With many West Virginians just now receiving insurance claim assistance, reconstruction efforts can be substantially furthered by continuing to waive the sales tax on certain building materials and supplies needed to restore life to normalcy.”

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Tax Relief for MH Flood Victims

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

StateJournal in West Virginia reports Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin authorized tax relief to flood victims of two additional counties, bringing to eleven the number of counties included. The executive order suspends the consumer sales and service tax and the use tax on purchases that would “substantially improve efforts to provide needed housing” to victims of the late Feb. 2012 floods. Purchases exempt from the taxes include manufactured homes, house trailers, modular homes, and certain building materials and supplies. has learned the order also suspends the taxes on purchases related to the restoration of housing damaged due to the floods. “Storm-damaged communities around the state continue to rebuild and therefore, we must provide needed tax relief to help them move forward,” says Tomblin.

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Executive Order Calls for Public Comments on HUD Policies

March 3rd, 2011 Comments off

The Federal Register of March 3 notes a directive from the Obama Administration for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to review its regulations to determine if they are “outdated, ineffective or excessively burdensome.”  President Obama’s Executive Order 13563, issued Jan. 18, 2011, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” is aimed at all federal agencies to leave less footprint, cost and burden on society.  According to the directive, “The purpose of this regulatory review is to make the Department’s regulations more effective and less burdensome in achieving HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, and quality affordable homes for all.”  Seven different categories for submitting comments are displayed, from regulations that have outlived their usefulness to ones that should be expanded, modified or streamlined to take advantage of new technologies.  However, comments should not be limited to just those listed.  The public and interested agencies and organizations are invited to send their questions and comments by May 2, 2011.