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Manufactured Housing Supporting VP Mike Pence in Elkhart, Indiana – Highlights

May 11th, 2018 Comments off

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Former Indiana Governor Mike Pence knows manufactured housing, sources in the Hoosier state tell MHProNews.

 

Vice President Pence also knows and uses the correct terminology, and supports the industry, those same sources tell the Daily Business News.

The 58 year old vice president is mentioned by some as a potential successor for President Donald J. Trump.  He spoke Thursday in Elkhart Indiana, as the ‘opening act’ for the 45th president.

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Elkhart is a hub for RVs, manufactured housing and several supporting producer businesses tied to the two industries. Elkhart is also where the RV MH Hall of Fame and museum is located.

The theme of Vice President Mike Pence was “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”

He ticked off a list of accomplishments, but among those of interest to manufactured housing industry professionals:

  • 3.1 million new jobs since the election,
  • 33,000 new jobs in Indiana.
  • 315,000 new manufacturing jobs.
  • 8,000 good paying manufacturing jobs” in Elkhart, IN alone.
  • Unemployment “not this low since 2000.”
  • Elkhart County has 5th lowest unemployment rate in America.

Consider the video a preview of the themes for the 2018 midterms.  Some one liners from the video, shown.

Jobs are coming back.”

Confidence is back.”

Under President Trump, America is back, and we are just getting started.”

We will make America prosperous again.”

The vice president focused fire on vulnerable Senator Joe Donnelley (D-IN)

“Time after time, when the president asked” Senator Donnelley to “support the policies Hoosiers need, Joe voted no.

Senator Donnelly is one of 10 Democrats in states that President Trump carried in 2016 that are up for reelection in 2018.

While much of the mainstream media has been saying for months that there is a blue wave coming in November, if the president’s polling is any indicator, that claim is doubtful if the elections were held today.

But the elections are about 6 months out. Much can occur between now and then.  The president’s and vice president’s message to their base? It could be summed up as stay engaged, vote, and keep the economic momentum going. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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UMH CEO Sam Landy Touts and Tempers Manufactured Home Operation’s Expectations

April 10th, 2018 Comments off

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UMH Properties (UMH:NYSE) has both touted and tempered the results and expectations that investors may have with respect to one of the largest players in the manufactured home community (MHC) sector.

 

To provide a balanced view of the latest reports on the manufactured home (MH) community REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) – UMH Properties – to MH Industry Professionals and investors, one must take a step back and establish some context.

The Daily Business News is the only MH Industry trade media that tracks their and other stocks connected to manufactured homes.  We’ve done so for years. The closing numbers on the UMH stock last night are linked here.


 

 So MHProNews and MHLivingNews.com has directly engaged with UMH Properties for years, as well as tracked reports about them by others.  MHProNews has interviewed UMH President Sam Landy a number of times.

 

The videos posted are both from 2017, but are revealing and relevant precisely as background.  They reflect their leadership’s thinking and company facts in brief.

MHProNews will follow up in the near term with a deeper data dive into UMH, and what that tells us about the trends in manufactured housing in general, as well as in the community sector.

Related reports to the state of the manufactured home industry after the end of the first quarter of 2018 are linked below. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)  (Third party images are provided under fair use guidelines.)

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LCI Industries Makes Major Move

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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LCI Industries (formerly Drew Industries), a supplier of components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles (“RVs”) and adjacent industries, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, tells MHProNews that it has acquired Lexington, LLC for $40 million.

Based in Elkhart, Indiana, Lexington manufactures high quality seating solutions for the marine, RV, transportation, medical and office furniture industries. LCI Industries completed the acquisition via its wholly owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc.

We are excited to add Lexington’s business and employees to our growing portfolio of furniture solutions for the marine, RV and adjacent industries,” said LCI’s President Scott Mereness.

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LCI is the leading provider of furniture solutions for the RV towable industry, and with the addition of Lexington’s high quality products, design and manufacturing teams, and strong customer relationships, the leading supplier of pontoon furniture as well.”

LCI says that current Lexington President Jeff Wysong will remain with LCI and continue to lead Lexington.

LCI is a great strategic fit for our company as well as our customers, and I am excited to be a part of their dynamic team,” said Wysong.

LCI has vast resources and great teams that will certainly help strengthen Lexington as we combine with LCI’s marine divisions to offer even better solutions to the marine market and its customers.”

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Our combined marine furniture team is talented and innovative, as well as experienced in managing growth,” said Jason Lippert, LCI’s Chief Executive Officer.

Lexington is our largest acquisition in the past 20 years, and is representative of our strategy of quickly assembling a portfolio of companies and products that will help us become a major contributor to marine component designs and solutions. We expect to leverage our purchasing, sales, distribution and administrative capabilities to improve the profitability of this business, and we expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to LCI’s earnings.”

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Town Takes Up Manufactured Home Ordinance

May 8th, 2017 Comments off
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In Kilgore, Texas, an ordinance that has stopped the inclusion of new manufactured homes outside of specific communities is now under scrutiny.

According to the Longview News-Journal, the ordinance was front and center for officials during a council workshop last week.

In 2008, the city council approved an ordinance that restricted new manufactured homes from being placed outside of select communities. But according to City Manager Josh Selleck, manufactured homes have been allowed outside such communities during the past nine years anyway.

Unfortunately, we’re bound by state law to enforce our code as written,” said Selleck.

And city staff no longer will allow exceptions to the code.”

Selleck suggested that the council hold a joint meeting with the planning and zoning commissions to discuss clearing up zoning ordinance issues. A date for that meeting was not set.

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Aside from mobile home parks [sic] that are licensed with the city, there are at least three other locations that appear to be mobile home parks [sic] but aren’t licensed,” said Selleck.

The question is whether they can expand or replace, and that’s part of what I think what we’re going to have to go through is how are they able to replace a mobile home [sic] if one burns, and what are the rules for the permit process.”

Based on discussions at the workshop, Selleck believes that the City Council could be in a position to formally pass any proposed changes as early as their June 27th meeting.

 

A Trend?

The case in Kilgore potentially provides hope for manufactured housing, and could signal a stop to a recent trend of limiting manufactured homes to select communities.

In December, the Linton, Indiana City Council voted to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community. The Daily Business News covered this in a story, linked here.

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Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. When more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote.

Shortly after, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) President Ron Breymier responded.

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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose to ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.”

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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Analyst, Investor Action at Skyline – What’s Happening?

May 5th, 2017 Comments off
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For Skyline Homes, a recent rough patch has analysts and investors making moves.

According to the Cerbat Gem, TheStreet downgraded shares of the company from a “c” rating to a “d” rating, in a research note issued to investors late last week.

The move comes as Skyline’s stock price has declined over 26 percent since September 2016, which the Daily Business News has followed closely in the daily market wrap.

Also of note is the announcement regarding the shutdown of their Mansfield, Texas production facility, and the subsequent announcement that Champion Homes will acquire it.

Skyline followed up that announcement on March 9th, saying that it had suspended operations at its Elkhart, Indiana plant.

It’s not that we didn’t have the orders or the business or the customer base,” said Skyline president and CEO Richard Florea. “Despite demand from manufactured housing dealerships and manufactured housing communities, the leased facility used for production prevented daily volumes to reach and maintain profitable efficiencies.

Skyline has taken steps to ensure the 90 or so employees affected by the move are not without work, offering them jobs at other Skyline facilities in Wisconsin or Ohio or connecting them with other job opportunities.”

The SEC filing from Skyline said that the company was unable to profitably operate the 50,000 square-foot facility, which it began leasing from Forest River last year.

Investor Activity 

These developments have investors making moves, with Renaissance Technologies LLC raising its position in Skyline by 51.6 percent in the fourth quarter, now with a value of just over $5 million.

Wells Fargo & Company increased its position in Skyline by 2.5 percent in the first quarter, and now owns nearly 1.2 million shares valued at $11,233,000.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, Skyline is also one of the industry stocks monitored each business day. For the most recent closing numbers on all MH industry-connected tracked stocks, please click here. ##

 

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Baird Homes Affected by Fire, Under Investigation

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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An early morning fire at the main office and workshop of a Baird Homes location in Seymour, Indiana this weekend caused major damage, but didn’t stop the company from moving forward.

According to the Tribune, the blaze caused an estimated $250,000 damage, and firefighters spent two hours battling the fire.

There was nothing to salvage,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. No one was hurt in the incident.

Once the ceiling and roof collapse, you can’t get to the fire. You just have to wait until they burn.”

For manager Chris Beverly, he said the plan is to handle the clean-up this week, so that the office can be replaced at some point this month. But, that doesn’t mean that business simply stopped.

We moved an office in Sunday,” said Beverly.

We’re in business. We have homes unlocked and ready to go.”

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Firefighters battle the blaze. Credit: The Tribune.

While Beverly declined to comment about the cause of the fire, Lucas was able to provide additional details.

Investigators found multiple origins of fire inside the office and shop,” said Lucas.

That’s an indicator that the cause of the fire is suspicious.”

Baird Homes is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has had an office here for 30 years,” said Beverly.

The Seymour Fire Department is asking anyone who was in the area early Sunday morning and may have seen something suspicious, to contact Seymour police at 812-522-1234 or Seymour Fire Department at 812-522-2598.

Baird Homes, based in Fruitland Park, Florida, has sales centers located throughout Florida and Indiana, and has been family owned and operated since 1947.

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What’s Happening With Skyline Corp?

March 9th, 2017 Comments off
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Fresh off of their announcement regarding the shutdown of their Mansfield, Texas production facility, and the subsequent announcement that Champion Homes will acquire it, Skyline Corp. (NYSE: SKY) announced yesterday that the company has suspended operations at its Elkhart, Indiana plant.

 

According to the South Bend Tribune, Skyline also announced that they have laid off the majority of the workforce at the facility.

It’s not that we didn’t have the orders or the business or the customer base. It’s that in a leased facility, it did not allow us to produce a high enough volume to achieve operational efficiency,said Skyline president and CEO Richard Florea.

Skyline has taken steps to ensure the 90 or so employees affected by the move are not without work, offering them jobs at other Skyline facilities in Wisconsin or Ohio or connecting them with other job opportunities.

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Florea also said that other measures have been taken to minimize the impact.

We allowed some other companies in town to come in and take applications from employees. We made it as easy as possible so people don’t have to go out and look for jobs,” said Florea.

The SEC filing from Skyline said that the company was unable to profitably operate the 50,000 square-foot facility, which it began leasing from Forest River last year.

Despite demand from manufactured housing dealerships and manufactured housing communities, the leased facility used for production prevented daily volumes to reach and maintain profitable efficiencies,” the company said in the filing.

The corporation anticipates having sufficient orders to maintain production at the Elkhart facility until March 8, 2017. The majority of the workforce is expected to be terminated shortly after production ceases.

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Once a pioneer in the manufactured housing industry, nine consecutive years of significant losses have contributed to Skyline’s struggle to regain profitability. It posted a $1.7 million profit in 2016.

As MHProNews reported in September, 2014, Skyline spun off its recreational vehicle division to Evergreen Recreational Vehicles. For that story, click here.

Even with the tough news, Florea did see a glimmer of hope.

Skyline could re-establish production in Elkhart if we find the right facility and the labor market improves,” said Florea.

The area is currently suffering from a labor shortage, due to a jobs boom in the manufactured housing and RV industries.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, Skyline is also one of the industry stocks monitored each business day. For the most recent closing numbers on all MH industry-connected tracked stocks, please click here. ##

 

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Skyline to Suspend Facility Operations

February 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Elkhart, Indiana-based Skyline Corp. (NYSE: SKY) announced in an 8-K filing with the SEC last week that it plans to suspend operations at its manufactured housing facility in Mansfield, Texas.

The suspension is due to the plant being unable to profitably operate since it was converted from producing recreational vehicles to manufactured housing in fiscal 2014,” said CEO Richard Florea in an announcement to employees at the plant.

Challenges this location faced included fewer independent manufactured housing dealerships buying homes than anticipated resulting in sales volumes not reaching profitable levels.

Skyline anticipates having sufficient orders to maintain production at the facility for the next six to eight weeks, and is seeking potential buyers for the facility.

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If a buyer cannot be found by the time current production is completed, Skyline says that the majority of the workforce is expected to be terminated during a two-week period beginning March 27, 2017 and ending April 10, 2017.

It has been a wild ride for Skyline over the last few months, including activity that yielded a 278% stock price increase and the company’s stock price hitting a 52-week high.

Investors have also been active, including Vector Capital Management increasing its stake in Skyline by 805 percent in December.

Our continued focus on growing sales and improving margins through disciplined operations generated favorable year-over-year results in the quarter,” said Florea, commenting on a recent earnings report.

While we are pleased with the progress we are making, we are committed to capitalizing on the opportunities we have.“

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Skyline 1 year view. Credit: Bloomberg.

The most recent earnings report from Skyline Corp. is linked here.

For the 8-K filing announcing the Mansfield facility shutdown, click here.

Skyline is one of the industry stocks monitored each business day on the MH Industry’s leading professional news resource, the Daily Business News, on MHProNews.  For yesterday’s closing numbers on all MH industry-connected tracked stocks, please click here. ##

(Editor’s Note: for our interview with Skyline’s Terry Decio, please click here.)

 

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City Council Approves Controversial Manufactured Housing Ordinance

December 14th, 2016 Comments off
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The Linton, Indiana City Council voted on December 12th to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote, with council members Tony Richards and Linda Bedwell casting dissenting votes.

According to the GC Daily World, the conversation began in June when Mayor John Wilkes said the city needed to take action in creating an enforceable manufactured home ordinance in order to ensure the homes are properly hooked into the sanitation system and electricity. The mayor said there had been several complaints about manufactured homes in the city.

Since the discussion began, a number of versions of a proposed ordinance were presented, but were not successful.

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In November, as the Daily Business News covered here, Wilkes made the proposal to require all manufactured homes brought into the city to be placed in a manufactured home community. The proposal was passed after Mayor Wilkes broke the council’s 2-2 tie.

The formal ordinance was brought before the council on December 12th for adoption.

By requiring the manufactured homes to be placed in manufactured home communities, the community owner will be required to follow state mandates for sanitation and water supply.

The provisions set forth in the ordinance also extend to Amish cabins or “tiny houses.

According to the mayor, current manufactured homes are grandfathered in, but Councilwoman Linda Bedwell asked for clarification on the grandfather clause, including the fact if fire or certain types of disaster destroy a manufactured home, it could allow for the manufactured home to be replaced or rebuilt.

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Mayor Wilkes opened the floor to public discussion before the vote was taken.

Jerry May, a local landlord, raised a few questions, including a possible violation of Senate Bill 6593.

The bill states, in part, “No city, town, code city or county may enact any statute or ordinance that directly or indirectly has the effect of discriminating against consumer choice in the placement or use of a home that does not apply equally to all homes.

Additionally, the bill also notes entities can require a manufactured house to be set on a permanent foundation, be up to state energy code and meeting other requirements for designated manufactured homes.

If I purchased a piece of property and built a pole barn to live in, would that be allowed?” asked another attendee.

City attorney John Rowe said the potential concerns could be litigated if needed.

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Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. Until more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

A Strong Response

The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) became aware of this issue in late November based on local media reports,” said IMHA President Ron Breymier.

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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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Proposed Council Ordinance Sparks Property Rights, Discrimination Discussion

November 15th, 2016 Comments off
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In Greene County, Indiana, the Linton city council voted to move forward with a controversial ordinance.

The vote, which required the mayor to break a tie, approved a measure stating all future manufactured homes brought into the city must be moved into a manufactured home community.

What I’m going to propose is all of the trailers [sic] in town now be grandfathered in. Any trailer [sic] from this day forward will go into a state-mandated trailer park [sic],” said Linton mayor John Wilkes.

You look at all the other communities around, their cities are clean, their towns are cleaned up. They have trailer parks [sic] to put their trailers [sic] in.

According to the Greene County Daily World, the Linton city council has been debating for months about how to move forward with cleaning up unsightly older mobile and manufactured homes in the city limits, while still providing affordable and safe housing for Linton residents.

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Mayor John Wilkes. Official Photo.

One of the reasons why the city has been unable to put together a trailer [sic] ordinance is because Linton does not have any zoning,” said Wilkes.

The mayor said the city is working to clear out houses in the city and commended city councilwoman Linda Bedwell for her work with the county-led blighted property ordinance.

I think we are on the same page here. We want to clean the city up and make it a better place,” Wilkes said during the council meeting.

Upon the call for a vote, council members Fred Markle and Jerry Ellett voted in favor of putting together the ordinance as proposed by the mayor. Council members Tony Richards and Linda Bedwell voted against the measure.

Councilman Jeff Sparks was not in attendance.

In a situation like this, the chair will break the tie and I’m in favor of that motion so that motion carries,” Wilkes said.

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Linton city council. Official photo.

Markle told the council that based on his independent research, he found many communities of similar size have zoning in place, and this seems like the right direction to go in addressing the problem.

Markle also stressed that it may take 10 to 12 years for the proposed ordinance to take effect.

Mayor Wilkes noted while about 10 percent of manufactured homes in the city limits are in top shape, it is the rest of the older mobile or manufactured homes, which he characterized as being run down and negatively impact the neighbor’s property values.

But you also have that problem with houses, too,” said Bidwell.

I think if you own the property you should do with it what you want,” said councilman Tony Richards.

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A member of the public was not pleased.

While Mayor Wilkes did not open up the topic for public discussion during the meeting, local landlord Jerry May addressed the council after the meeting was adjourned.

I wanted to put you on notice that I plan to file an injunction on the ordinance. I think you need to rethink that because you’re violating some laws,” May said.

May buys, sells and trades manufactured homes in the city, rents out several homes and currently has a manufactured home community.

This is taking away the usability, sell-ability and buy-ability of the property. It takes away all value in all aspect. We’ve got one park [sic] here in town, and it’s got restrictions itself,” said May.

The landlord also said that he believes this is a dangerous step in the direction of zoning.

It’s a major takeover. It’s not just the creation of an ordinance. This is a major form of zoning, and there’s lots more zoning to come. I promise,” May said.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.  It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here.  Please see the download from that linked column. ##

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(Editor’s Note: the story in the image linked above is another case of NIMBY that is worth exploring. Also, to understand the home owner’s vantage point, please see the article linked here.)

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