Posts Tagged ‘fixed incomes’

Manufactured Housing Likely to become more Prevalent

October 1st, 2013 Comments off

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association tells MHProNews manufactured homes are the fastest-growing type of housing in the U. S. because of affordability and value. The average cost of a site-built home is $164,217, not including the land, a price most people of low-to-moderate incomes can ill afford. Although senior adults are most often likely to own their own homes, according to, they are often on fixed incomes and unable to maintain the growing costs of upkeep on a traditional home, especially an older one. As the U S. population ages, with 7,000 to 10,000 people turning 65 each day, the affordability of manufactured housing is likely to have a stronger draw.

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MHC Residents: Incomes Chasing Rents

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from castanet in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada residents of SunRise Village MHC are concerned that rising rents may force them out of their homes, especially seniors on fixed incomes. With annual rent increases that include two percent above inflation, rents are rising faster than incomes, and residents are concerned site rents may rise $20 a month. A petition with nearly 400 signatures will be taken to the legislature with hopes of amending the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (MHPTA) so the increase would be two percent land rental and 1.8 percent maintenance to allow for inflation. Residents contend four percent per year is too high. Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Steve Thompson says a balance must be struck between what residents can afford and the return for owners sufficient to prevent the land from being developed for other uses.

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Couple unable to Register Manufactured Home

May 7th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from kelownacapnews in British Columbia, Canada, a letter aimed at elected officials from a couple who own a manufactured home is appealing a ruling based on a numbering system that prevents them from registering their homes in the Manufactured Home Registry. Their homes meet all the requirements but is one number different from what the Ministry of Finance allows. Without registration they cannot obtain a mortgage, hire a realtor, access equity in their home, or even declare bankruptcy. They are both on fixed incomes, but without the registration number they are unable to pay mounting medical expenses, and conceivably face homelessness if the situation continues. Kelowna is located in south central British Columbia.

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MHC Residents Oppose Nearby Industrial Development

November 16th, 2012 Comments off

PortlandTribune reports from Portland, Oregon a plan by the city to annex west Hayden Island and build three marine terminals on the Columbia River has run into opposition from residents of a nearby manufactured home community as well as environmentalists and island residents. Lame-duck Portland Mayor Sam Adams had the measure on his bucket list before leaving office at year’s end, and has been seeking quick approval of the annexation and zoning change from the City Council. The plan would preserve 500 acres of urban forest and create a 300-acre industrial zone with hundreds of high-paying industrial jobs. To ease his critics, Adams proposed the Port of Portland put up $32.6 million to ease environmental and health impacts, something the Port is reluctant to do without a guarantee of tenants paying rent. Only a half mile from the MHC, a health impact study says diesel fumes from trains and trucks could triple the amount of cancer causing toxins in the air, which could be especially harmful to the 1,200 residents of the MHC, many of whom are older and on fixed incomes. Adams suggested the Port pay $3.6 million to the city’s Housing Bureau to relocate or replace some of the MH, or to better insulate the homes as a way to solve the potential health risks, MHProNews has learned. Residents are also concerned the marine terminals would devalue their homes, making them more difficult to sell, and more likely to be abandoned if the occupants decide to leave.

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Another Pennsylvania MHC to Close

September 5th, 2012 Comments off

For the second time in two months, residents of a manufactured home community in the State College, Pennsylvania area have been notified they need to find a new place to live. This time, according to centredailytimes, Hilltop Mobile Home Park sent letters to those who own their homes this past weekend their leases have been canceled and they must move. One resident estimated 75-100 of her neighbors would be affected, many of them elderly on fixed incomes, and said the letter did not provide a deadline for moving. Owners of the community, Kenneth Mayes and Sharon Mayes, could not be reached for comment, according to the article, and a woman who answered the phone in the community’s office confirmed only that the letters had been sent. According to city officials, there has been no transfer of the deed to the property, nor a request for rezoning. As MHProNews stated in a story posted Aug. 22, 2012, residents of Penn State Mobile Home Park were told by the owners they have until July 2013 to move because the property will be redeveloped.

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City Council Rejects Site Rent Increase

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

As follow up to a story we posted Aug. 13, 2012 concerning Cameron’s Mobile Estates in Santee, California attempt to raise rents in their 303 site community by an average of $422. to $557, utsandiego says the Santee City Council unanimously upheld a decision by the Santee Manufactured Home Fair Practices Commission denying an adjustment to rent ceilings for Cameron’s. Representatives for the MHC gave statistical justification for the increase, noting Cameron’s has the lowest rent of all 12 of the MHCs in Santee, and suggested after the meeting that they will likely sue the city. Santee Mayor Andy Voepel, who has long defended the residents, many of whom are on fixed incomes, said, “you’re not out of the woods……if Cameron’s is sold, your rents would go up dramatically. If Cameron’s can’t make a profit, then money will flow somewhere else. This is only the beginning, not the end.” MHProNews has learned that other cities in CA have had to deal with repeated lawsuits from MHC owners trying to repeal rent control.

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Rent Control on the Docket in Southern CA

August 13th, 2012 Comments off

SanteePatch reports from Santee, California that the city’s 12 manufactured housing communities account for 12 percent of all the homes in this town just east of San Diego. Seven of the MHCs are 55+ communities, and in 1989 the city enacted a rent control ordinance which has been successfully upheld. In early June, 2012, MHProNews has learned the Santee Manufactured Home Fair Practices Commission denied a request by Cameron’s Mobile Estates to more than double site rents because the Santee Community Development Commission determined the MHC owner had not proved the need to raise rents, even though Cameron’s has the lowest rents in town. Cameron’s spokesman, Jim Mohham, said, “They ignored the glaring fact that our net income in 2010 is below our net income in 1989.The commission is charged with ensuring that park owners are treated fairly. In my opinion, they ignored the facts and failed in their duty.” At one time the city subsidized low-income residents of MHCs with $100 a month but that funding is no longer available. Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, who has long defended many of the residents because they are on fixed incomes and could not afford $50 more a month, much less the $422.19 or more each month on average that the Cameron family is asking, says, “The Cameron family has kept their rents low for many, many years. If the rent is too low and the formula allows, they may well be able to raise it.” In a prepared statement, according to utsandiego, Moxham says, “The continued deterioration of Cameron’s Mobile Estates (Park) financial position necessitates the request… The family does not seek any repayment of the millions of dollars in lost rent over the last 21 years.” The city council is expected to tackle the issue before year’s end.

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Housing Costs to Grow for Seniors on Fixed Incomes

August 13th, 2012 Comments off

leadingage says while the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts the housing recovery will be led by single-family home construction, the center also foresees the financial burden that will accompany the growing number of seniors who will need assisted housing and supportive services. The number of cost-burdened older homeowners rose by a third between 2001 and 2010, from 3.1 million to 4.1 million, a percentage that is expected to increase over the next 20 years as the baby boomers age. Due to the recession, 1.9% of owner occupants aged 65-74 in 2011 had changed residences during the prior year, a drop from the 3.3% rate in 2007. MHProNews has leaned nearly one-fifth of older homeowners are thought to be cost-burdened by their homes, paying more than half their income for the homes, which makes refinancing a more difficult challenge.

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New Regulations Target Manufactured Homes

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

TheMcDowellNews reports last month the Marion City Council in Marion, North Carolina adopted new regulations for manufactured homes sited on individual lots within the city, requiring them to have siding and roofing to make them blend in with neighborhood site-built homes. Additionally, no manufactured home is allowed within 300 feet of an historic landmark, nor within 100 feet of a flood plain. While no one objected at that meeting, at the Planning Board meeting last Thurs. Aug. 3, some 30 MH dealers, landlords and real estate agents protested that the new measure discriminates against many who live in manufactured housing on fixed incomes, hindering affordable housing in a county that is already economically challenged, and infringes on private property rights. The new rules do not apply to homes in communities, existing homes, or modular homes. MHProNews has learned the Planning Board asked for input from people in the industry to revise the regulations before their next meeting Aug. 21.

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Texas Needs More Modular Man Camps

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

BloombergBusinessWeek says Midland and Odessa, Texas sit on top of the Permian Basin, a rich store of petroleum which last year produced 280 million barrels of oil, about 14% of the U.S. output. Compared to the 100 active drilling rigs in 2009 there are 500 this year. As MHProNews has learned, oil booms bring demand for much in the way of support goods and services, including housing. Goliath Industries LLC is building a modular, 52-acre man camp to house 1,000 workers set to open this fall in Odessa, offering private rooms with baths, meals, entertainment, and exercise facilities; and four other companies intend to open temporary modular housing including D.R.Horton Inc., the nation’s most prolific home builder. Odessa’s median home price rose 8.6% from June 2011 to June 2012. Demand has pushed wait time for new home construction to eight to 12 months, as some school officials ask current employees to rent rooms to new teachers until adequate housing is available. The flip side: Rising housing costs are straining the resources of people on fixed incomes, resulting in a run on food supplies at local pantries.

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