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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Giving LLC Residents a Voice

September 27th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Sept. 11, 2013 regarding a California measure that would give land lease community (LLC) residents and local jurisdictions a voice when community owners seek to redevelop the real estate, MHProNews has learned Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law. While local government has no actual power to prevent the conversion of the property even if a majority of community residents do not approve, SB 510 will avert costly litigation that has plagued dozens of cities because the law of property rights has not been clear. Sponsored by Rep. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett says, “This bill protects affordable housing, protects local governments and taxpayers, and brings closure to many years of litigation over this issue.” As noozhawk.com says, there are approximately 5,000 lLLCs in California comprised of one million residents.

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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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Conversion Statute in the Legislative Mix

April 5th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on an earlier post concerning legislation that a California manufactured home owners association is promoting in the state legislature, santamariatimes informs MHProNews SB 510 addresses the conversion of MHCs to resident owned communities/sites and condos. The new measure gives local jurisdictions authority to determine by survey if at least a majority of residents support the conversion. In addition, the law would allow local government to adopt their own regulations to implement the measure.

(Photo credit: Bentwood MHC–Brentwood, Calif.)

Calif. Court Ruling Affects Coastal MHCs

November 30th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has been informed by attorney Robert Coldren about a 6-1 decision handed down by the California Supreme Court Nov. 28, 2012. The court held that an MHC being converted to resident ownership within the Coastal Zone (defined as within 1,000 yards from the mean high tide line) is considered a “development.” As such, it must comply with state law, including the Mello Act, which seeks to preserve affordable housing for persons with low to moderate incomes. Further, the court ruled that local jurisdictions can enforce state laws such as the Coastal Act and the Mello Act. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on MHCs in the long run.

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HUD Offers Help to Storm Victims

November 5th, 2012 Comments off

As the result of damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, President Obama issued a disaster declaration for specific counties in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, as well as the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation in Connecticut. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering disaster victims whose homes were damaged or destroyed a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) -insured mortgages. HUD will also provide FHA mortgage insurance for those rebuilding or buying another home, with borrowers eligible for 100 percent financing. In addition, jurisdictions may redirect current federal funds to assist with housing and other critical services. MHProNews has learned states and local communities may obtain federally guaranteed loans for economic development, housing rehabilitation, and to repair infrastructure.

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Rezoning would Site MH in Private Enclave

October 11th, 2012 Comments off

Salisbury Patch informs MHProNews from Allentown, Pennsylvania the Salisbury Township has proposed zoning changes that would allow manufactured homes to be sited inside Waldheim Park, which is a privately-owned community of 80 Victorian cottages. Originally a summer retreat for the Evangelical Congregational Church, only nine people live there year around. The land is owned by the Waldheim Park Association and the homes are privately owned. Townships are require by state law to provide a mix of land use and housing types in areas designated medium-high residential, which would include HUD Code and Mod. Like many other jurisdictions, Salisbury Township has not revised its comprehensive land use and zoning plan in 20 years, but is now in the process of doing so. The consultant hired to overhaul the township’s zoning amendments says there are not many available areas of flat land suitable for MH.

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Modular Homes must have Sprinklers

September 28th, 2012 Comments off

The herald-mail reports the Washington County Board of Commissioners in Maryland voted unanimously to opt out of a state mandated requirement to install sprinkler systems in all new one and two-family houses and townhomes. The Maryland General Assembly passed a measure earlier this year to prevent local jurisdictions from diluting the sprinkler requirements for town houses as well as one and two-family homes. However, at the end of June they were told they could remove the requirements for one and two-family homes if they passed an amendment by Oct. 1 of this year. Although no mention is made of manufactured homes, MHProNews has learned new modular homes are still required to have sprinkler systems.

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Responsibility for MHC Resident Complaints Varies

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

The WausauDailyHerald reports from Wisconsin complaints from MHC residents may be handled by a state agency or by a local or county body depending upon the number of people who have complained and the severity of the complaint. The Dept. of Safety and Professional Services handles some complaints, and sometimes its the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Local jurisdictions can apply for permission to act as state inspectors, but only 24 entities have done so, leaving the remainder to the state. In counties where the state has jurisdiction, inspectors only go out when there is a complaint, or when a new MHC is established or one expands. MHC owners who belong to the Wisconsin Housing Alliance want a single state agency to control all matters relating to MHCs. MHProNews has learned some inspectors insist local officials can respond more quickly to a problem.

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Selling your LLC? “Buy All the Homes,” says the County

February 4th, 2012 8 comments

Noozhawk tells MHProNews.com the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission in California is considering an ordinance that would require MHC owners to file for a closure permit if they are selling their community, and to pay all residents market value for their homes. Commissioner C. Michael Cooney says the measure is not to prevent the land from being sold, but to smooth the relocation process for the residents. There are 20 land lease communities (LLCs) in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara housing thousands of people. State law allows local jurisdictions to manage community closures and mandate reasonable relocation costs. Homeowners claim they should receive fair market prices for their dwellings because homes more than four years old are unlikely to be moved at all. Community owners respond that paying market value for each manufactured home would make selling the land nearly impossible. Derek Watson, attorney for La Cumbre Mobile Home Park, says La Cumbre loses millions of dollars because of rent control. He says the commissioners should consider methods to build and maintain MHCs instead of making it more costly for the owners.

(Photo credit: Giana Magnoli/Noozhawk–Santa Barbara County Planning Commission)