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Del. Rent Control Law to be Explained

July 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following the receipt of letters by manufactured housing community residents from landlords allegedly trying to lock them into long-term leases with built-in increases, two Del. lawmakers are holding a meeting on the new rent control measure set to become law Jan. 1. Under the new bill, community owners will be required to justify increasing rents above the Consumer Price Index (CPI) average for the past three years. House Majority Leader Valarie Longhurst (D-Bear) and Sen. Nicole Poore (D-New Castle) will hold the meeting Wed. night, July 24 in Bear, in northern Del. As radio station WDDE informs MHProNews, Longhurst, noting how contentious the issue has become in the last few years, says, “It was a consensus bill. The landowners didn’t get everything they wanted, the homeowners didn’t get everything that they wanted.”

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MHCs Should have Amenities like other Neighborhoods

November 28th, 2012 Comments off

The Santa Fe New Mexican says as the city is preparing to annex land that includes MHCs, Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez wants to ensure that new manufactured housing developments comply with the same standards as other new neighborhoods, which includes sidewalks, drainage, landscaping and parks. Further, acknowledging the change is also one of terminology, he wants to change the wording in the city code from “mobile home” to “manufactured housing” to reflect current day realities, citing HUD’s regulation of the production of manufactured housing since 1976. As MHProNews has learned, Dominguez hopes to encourage landowners to redevelop property with better amenities.

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Manufactured Housing Looms Large in House Race

October 17th, 2012 Comments off

Following a story we last published Sept. 24, 2012, concerning a race between two women for House District Seat 37 in southeastern Delaware, Cape Gazette Village Soup has posed questions to the candidates. Republican Briggs King is the incumbent and vice president of the county realtors association. Democratic challenger Beth McGinn works for the Social Security office and lives in an MHC. Each candidate was asked what they would do to improve the lives of manufactured homeowners. King stated manufactured homeowners need to apprise the attorney general’s office of any violations. McGinn stated she would encourage the attorney general’s office to impose stiffer penalties for violating the Manufactured Homeowners & Community Owners Act. She also would ask for a designated staff person to hold regular meetings with a committee of homeowners and landowners, and she intends to introduce legislation to protect homeowners from unjustified rent increases. MHProNews has learned Ms. McGinn wants leases for manufactured housing to include a provision that rent never exceeds 30 percent of household income.

(Photo credit: sussexcountian—Briggs King, left, McGinn on right)

Enter, Manufactured Housing?

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

Community development lenders and investors might be eligible for $200,000 grants each from the departments of Agriculture, Treasury and HUD to replace some of the worst housing in the nation—worse than urban slums or some Indian reservations: It’s the “colonias” areas of the U.S. border with Mexico. Likely to be in rural areas or just outside big cities, the residents are largely Hispanic, mostly American citizens, with a cultural propensity to own land. Often sold by shady landowners who tend to confiscate the land if one payment is missed, the residents too frequently have no money for a house after acquiring the land, so the “homes” tend to be of leftover wood, tar paper, and other scrounged materials. In some instances there is no water or sewage hook-ups, providing a breeding ground for disease. In fact, NationalMortgageNews tells MHProNews, Bubonic plague has even been detected at some sites. The funding will be targeted for infrastructure and construction to provide healthful and safe conditions.

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