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Conversion Bill Now only Needs Governor’s Signature

September 11th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on a story MHProNews posted Sept. 6, 2013 regarding a measure in the California Assembly that would permit local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community (MHC), kcoy.com reports the Senate passed SB 510 21-14. Sponsored by Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), if a majority of the MHC residents disagree with the decision to either convert the property or sell the individual sites, the local jurisdiction could oppose the decision but could not overturn it. The bill only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law. Noting the measure will give input to residents as to the disposition of their community, it was supported by several local governments and manufactured homeowners associations. There are an estimated 5,000 MHCs in California with 1,000,000 residents.

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Local Government May Disapprove of Community Conversion

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

California Assembly measure SB 510 would allow a local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community to another use if a majority of the community residents do not support it. The uncertainty of the rights of both resident and community owner has led to dozens of lawsuits. The jurisdiction is not required to disprove of the conversion, nor does it have authority to stop the redevelopment, according to santamariatimes. Sponsored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the measure passed off the Assembly floor in a 41-23 vote, and is now headed for the Senate, as MHProNews has learned.

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Stunning 2 Million dollar manufactured home, but TMZ and media struggle to ‘get it’

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

betsy-russell-saw-star-1,999,999-manufactured-home-'mobile-home'-credit-redfin-mls-posted-daily-business-news-Saw star Betsy Russell recently listed her lavish, custom manufactured home overlooking the Pacific Ocean in ritzy Malibu for just a buck under a cool 2 million. TMZ and other media outlets both raved and ranted. “On top of the nearly $2 million price tag, the HOA fees will run the new owner a whopping $3,565 a month. That’s another $42,780 a year.” The media has little notion of the advantages that millionaires such as Russell, or more millions of owners of more modest means have with modern manufactured homes, including those placed in land lease communities. What sounds like a lot of money for site fees (aka “lot rent”), in many jurisdictions means you have little or no real estate taxes, and may have little or no personal property taxes. This is why the listing agent can correctly boast that it is the most amazing home-with-a-view value under 2 million dollars in Malibu, CA. For those who don’t know that market, another manufactured home sold in the same community for 1.1 million. ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com will showcase Russell’s manufactured castle as a “featured home” as part of an article which will include 17 photos. Check back for a link here once its posted, or sign up for our popular, free twice weekly emailed news and tips alerts to get the link to that upcoming story. ##

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Modular Shipments continue to Rise

August 28th, 2013 Comments off

national-modular-housing-council-logo-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-home-pro-news-com- (1)The National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports that actual shipments of 3,838 new modular homes occurred in the second quarter of 2013, up 10.6 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Relative to Q2 2012, state shipment results for the second quarter of 2013 showed increases for 22 states and reductions in 12 states. Iowa Manufactured Housing Association Joe Kelly tells MHProNews that “Iowa ranked 4th in the U.S., among 34 states surveyed, in the growth of business in the second quarter of this year, compared to last year’s second quarter.  149 modulars were ordered by Iowa retailers and builders in the second quarter, compared to 103 last year.” For the first half of 2013, 244  modulars were ordered, ranking Iowa 6th highest among the 34 states.” Modular shipments still trail manufactured housing shipments nationally by a significant margin, although there are jurisdictions where mods rival HUD Code manufactured housing shipment numbers. ##

 

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Manufactured Homes on Block if Taxes not Paid

August 16th, 2013 Comments off

In an attempt to recover taxes on manufactured homes that have not been paid in three years, the municipality of Parkland County in central Alberta, Canada holds an auction on the properties. The jurisdiction makes every attempt to notify the owners of the levy, but people sometimes are not aware of the arrears. Jennifer McAdam of Parkland County government, says, “Some of those properties are on vacant land, some are on farmland, some have houses on them, some have people living in them, some have been abandoned, some people have died and nobody has looked after the property — there’s all kinds of reasons why things fall awry.” The 2013 list of manufactured homes originally contained 23 homes, but by the time the auction occurs many of the debts will have been cleared and there may only be four or five homes, according to sprucegroveexaminer. But there is only a legal description for the properties, so most of the homes do not sell because they have not been seen. In the 16 years of the program, no manufactured home has been taken away from someone living in it, as MHProNews has learned.

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Manufactured Housing Community to Close, may be Rebuilt

July 9th, 2013 Comments off

Debate continues in Williamstown, Mass. about the feasibility of retaining a 224 homesite manufactured housing community that sits in a 100-year flood plain for affordable housing. The Board of Selectmen of Williamstown, Mass. has voted to ask the Conservation Commission to remove the site from conservation restrictions, and then inquire of developers the feasibility of building affordable housing on the site. Advocates of the Affordable Housing Committee are pushing for more information on the project, with the hopes of it being developed, while most of the town residents who spoke at the meeting do not want the proposal to go forward. A discussion with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which has jurisdiction over development in a flood plain, has been set for July 15. Meanwhile, remaining residents of the Spruces Mobile Home Park are in the middle, not knowing when Williamstown may take possession of the community from current owner Morgan Management. By state law, as iberkshires informs MHProNews, residents must be given two years’ notice of when the community will close.

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Manufactured Home Community on Indian Land not Governed by Province

June 7th, 2013 Comments off

When the rent for a manufactured home (MH) in an MH Community on land owned by the Sechelt Indian Band rose from $6,500 a year to $24,000, a dispute resolution officer said the increase violated British Columbia’s Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (MHPTA). Although the Band subsequently staggered the increase over five years to eventually reach $18,000, British Columbia’s highest court ruled province government has no jurisdiction over Indian land, that is a matter for the federal government. MHProNews learned from firstperspective , the newspaper for indigenous people in Canada, that therefore, the MHPTA “is constitutionally inapplicable to any landlord and tenant relationship created by lease on Sechelt Lands.”

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Measure would Punish those Dastardly Few

February 26th, 2013 Comments off

In the 77th Oregon Legislative Assembly, the Senate is considering a measure that would punish unscrupulous “manufactured structure” dealers by revoking their license for up to five years, which includes all factory-built residential and commercial buildings. It would put the industry on the same legal footing as building contractors. As landru.leg.state.or.us informs MHProNews, SB 189, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, covers the full range of the selling of a manufactured home, from purchase through financing and siting. To read the bill in its entirety, click here.

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Garden Homes Sues over Proposed Development—Again

November 29th, 2012 Comments off

Harking back to a story that began in 2006 when Garden Homes Management Corp. first proposed a 124 site MHC in Oxford, Conn. that has been stymied by numerous hearings, commissions, courts, and studies, the Stamford, Conn. developer is appealing a ruling by the Inland Wetlands Agency that the development falls under their jurisdiction. The Republican American reports Garden Homes filed the appeal Nov. 16 asking for the agency’s decision to be overturned. As MHProNews has learned, the company submitted a revised plan in July 2012 asking the agency to determine that its project is not subject to agency regulations.

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MHC Looms Large in House Race, II

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Manufactured housing has become an important issue in a second house of representatives district in Delaware. The first pits challenger Beth McGinn against incumbent Briggs King for Seat 37 is south Delaware, as we last reported Oct. 17,2012. DelawareNewsZap tells MHProNews Democrat Theodore Yacucci is running to represent District 34 just outside Dover. When responding to “what would most help the people in his district,” he stated his priority is to pass legislation protecting manufactured housing homeowners, and remove MH from the jurisdiction of the Department of Motor Vehicles. He says the incumbent, Donald Blakey, did not advocate on behalf of the 600 MHC residents in the district when Senate Bill 205, passed by the Senate, was rejected by the House. The measure would have tied rent increases to cost of living increases. Yacucci claims Blakey did not vote for the legislation until he realized it would not pass anyhow.

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