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Manufactured Housing Industry Objects to Ohio Legislation

May 14th, 2015 Comments off

tim williams exev vp ohio mfg homes assocMHProNews has learned Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA), testified against objectionable EPA language in the Ohio state senate’s budget legislation before the Senate Finance Committee. Of particular concern in the state budget bill (HB 64) is the requirement that, if a water system is discovered to be deficient, a manufactured home community would have to escrow 15 percent of the cost of a new or “substantially modified” water system, though not to exceed $250,000.

If there are inadequate funds in the escrow account and the water system is found to be deficient, one provision in particular that concerns the manufactured housing industry is that within five days of notifying the community management, site rental payments can be deposited with the state EPA, which will in turn use those funds to repair or replace the water system.

Williams was successful in getting the Ohio House of Representatives to remove the objectionable language from its budget legislation. On May 12, 2015 he appeared before the Senate Finance Committee to ask them to remove the objectionable language. The senate will continue hearings and vote next month in advance of the senate/house conference committees that will finalize the budget. According to the state constitution, the state budget bill must be enacted by June 30, 2015. ##

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Congressmen Stutzman and Walorski backing bill distancing RVs from Manufactured Housing definitions

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

IN-congressmen-marlin-stutzman-jackie-walorski-credit-wikipedia-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3 IN) and Jackie Walorski (R-2nd IN) announced Thursday October 9th legislation they’ve introduced legislation aimed preventing recreational vehicles from being regulated as manufactured housing.

Brian Francisco at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette tells MHProNews that the RV industry is seeking to avoid “restrictive taxing, zoning and consumer lending rules if certain vehicles are considered manufactured housing and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing program director, Pam Danner, published official guidance on HUDs rule regarding what constitutes a manufactured home under the code. Danner’s HUD memo – which would count porches as part of their 400 square foot or less exemption limit for RVs – and MHARR’s commentary, are linked here.

The issue is thorny for many in manufactured housing, as some HUD Code home producers are in both RV and MH. Further, a number of manufactured housing communities look to the RV industry to fill certain smaller or older sites. States like IN, MI and MT have joint RV-MH associations.

Meanwhile, manufactured housing purists want to draw a line in the sand, without creating friction with their sister industry. Manufactured homes – in its pre-HUD Code ‘Mobile Home’ days – historical evolved from the RV business. The generally warm ties between the two are exemplified by the joint RV MH Hall of Fame.

Indiana’s robust RV industry should not have to fear that Washington bureaucrats will suddenly change the rules on them,” Stutzman said Thursday in a statement.

His and Walorski’s bill is House Resolution 5658 and titled the Recreational Vehicle Certaintly Act of 2014. They said their bill defines RVs “to ensure that they clearly and consistently remain distinct products from manufactured homes.”

With RVs out shipping manufactured housing by roughly 5 to 1, it will be interesting to see how this bill fares compared to HR 1779/S 1828. Strategically, some key players in MH want to see the RV industry support the reforms of the CFPB through that legislation. ##

(Photo credit of Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3 IN – left) and Jackie Walorski (R-2nd IN – right), Wikipedia)

(Editor’s note: Related story on CFPB and MH financing, linked here, may suggest why RVs are trying to escape CFPB financing and HUD regulations. RVs are currently regulated at the federal level by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and are not treated as permanent housing under federal law).

S 1828 Co-Sponsors grow in wake of MHI Legislative Session

February 14th, 2014 Comments off

wikicommons-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com.jpgSources with ties to Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tell MHProNews that the number of sponsors and co-sponsors for S 1828 has jumped from 4 to 9 as a direct result of the recent visits by members to their U.S. Senators. Dan Coates (R-IN), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) all joined sponsor Joe Donnelly (D-IN), original cosponsor Tom Coburn (R-OK) and cosponsors Tim Scott (R-SC) and Pat Toomey  (R-PA).

There are also 108 Congressman – 20 Democrats and 88 Republicans – who have signed onto the House version of this legislation, HR 1779.

“This proves that we have positive movement.” a source close to the lobbying efforts said. Sources tell us there are more expected to sign on in both sides of Congress in the days ahead. Industry members are urged to contact their Senators or House members to ask for their support. ContactCongress.org ##

Australia Conducts Survey of Manufactured Home Owners

September 18th, 2013 Comments off

Manufactured home owners in Australia will have the opportunity to share their views regarding legislation that covers their residences on the Queensland Government’s ‘Get Involved’ website. Public Works Minister Tim Mander says the survey is part of a review of the Manufactured Homes Act 2003 to ensure it maintains a fair balance between residents and community owners, according to mysunshinecoast.com.au. “We are keen to engage with manufactured homes owners and seek their views on how the Act can be improved,” Mr Mander reports. “The Act hasn’t been reviewed since 2006, so it is time to take another look and bring it up to speed with this evolving industry.” Topics include sales, operations, utility charges, rent increases and dispute resolution. The department will also seek input from community owners and industry representatives. MHProNews has learned the survey will close Dec. 20, 2013.

(Photo credit: mobilehomeliving.org–Australian manufactured home)

Affordable Housing Shortage is Critical; Dodd-Frank is “Deadening”

June 13th, 2013 Comments off

According to the president of the Federal Home Land Bank (FHLB) of New York, Alfred DelliBovi says the need for affordable housing is becoming critical, especially as the availability of federal funds for housing decreases. As MHProNews has learned from nationalmortgagenews, each of the banks’ 11 districts has an Affordable Housing Program which is required to set aside ten percent of its private earnings to support housing for low income residents. He says given the state of the sluggish economy, it’s difficult for those of modest means to save enough for a down payment, and as former deputy director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he knows the importance of assistance. Calling the Dodd-Frank Act “deadening,” “poorly constructed” and “costly,” he says legislators pass laws telling someone else to enforce the rulings without understanding the root cause or knowing the full impact of the legislation. “Reducing risk sounds like a great idea, but if you do it to the point where business is impossible, that’s crazy,” he adds.

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Legislative Update–Delaware

June 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Ruth Briggs King, Delaware’s State Representative from the 37th District, writing in capegazette.villagesoup, says she has introduced three pieces of legislation in support of residents of manufactured housing: House Bill 65 extends the Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund for another five years; House Bill 66 requires owners to disclose certain provisions of a rental agreement on a form created by the attorney general’s office; and HB 83 sets minimum standards for roads in manufactured housing communities. As MHProNews reported May 28, a class action suit brought by three MHC owners and two MHC residents is challenging the Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority over fees allegedly collected illegally since 2006.

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Lawsuit Contends State Lost Authority to Collect Fees

May 28th, 2013 Comments off

The Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority (DMHRA) would be the agency to enforce legislation now pending in the state house, SB 33, that would require MHC owners to seek approval for rent increases beyond a certain limit. It is now the target of a class action suit brought by three landlords and two tenants on behalf of all MHC owners and residents in DE, contending the DMHRA’s authority to collect a $3 monthly fee for each homesite expired in 2006. According to capegazette.villagesoup., the suit alleges the authority has continued to collect fees, now holds $5.5 million, and has not paid a claim since 2009. Chairman of DMHRA Mitch Crane says the fee has been approved on an annual basis since 2004 and there is no merit to the lawsuit. He says if that $5 million is returned, residents of a community undergoing usage change would not have assistance. Crane adds the lawsuit is to prevent SB 33 from being enacted, although he is neither for nor against the bill. MHProNews has learned the measure is set to be on the Senate floor after it reconvenes June 4.

Ron MacArthur/villagesoup.capegazette—Rehoboth Shores near Long Neck DE

Legislative Update—Iowa

May 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following MHProNews story line from Wed, May 22 about legislation in Iowa, Joe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IAMHA) tells us the House has passed property reform tax bill SF 295 that will treat apartments, MHCs and nursing homes the same as residential property. Effectively, beginning with taxes due in Sept. 2016, each year will be a step down until the process is 100 percent complete in Sept. 2023. Joe Kelly says, “Many thanks to all of you who worked so hard on this issue for so many years.”

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–Iowa House of Representatives Chamber)

Bill would Require Water Inspections

May 8th, 2013 Comments off

The lowellsun informs MHProNews Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is supporting legislation to establish a dispute resolution process between residents and owners of manufactured housing communities, streamline community rules approval, and require certificates verifying the water and sewer systems are in working order. Appearing before the Joint Committee on Housing at the state house, she says numerous complaints have come to her office concerning malfunctioning water and sewer systems. Owner with his family of Garden Homes Estates in Wareham, Mass., and president of the Massachusetts Manufactured Home Association, Jeff Hallahan says the legislation could threaten the business: “It’s a daily challenge to operate our communities safely and efficiently to keep rents down.” Noting inspections could run as high as $85,000 annually, he says the MHCs are a form of unsubsidized affordable housing, but that the association does support the dispute resolution proposal. “The idea of out-of-state out-of-touch ownership and management, I think is the exception,” Hallahan says.

(Photo credit: TriStar Estates)

Manufactured Housing in Florida is Losing Insurance Coverage

April 26th, 2013 Comments off

As it looks for ways to drop its risk, marconews reports Citizens Property Insurance Co., the state-run insurer that covers 130,000 factory-built homes in Florida, most of which are over 20 years old, is depreciating older homes, offering cash value in case of a loss instead of replacement cost. In one instance, a couple did have coverage of $64,000 on their 1988 manufactured home purchased for $67,500 in 1998. That coverage, which cost $1,362 a year in 2012, has been reduced to $18,000, now costing $1,129 per year. If they did suffer a loss they could not buy much for $18k. Likewise, if they tried to sell their home, no one would likely buy it because it could not be fully covered. The change in coverage applies to manufactured homes built before 1994, which accounts for roughly 75 percent of all MH statewide. Jim Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) says if the situation does not change, retirees may go elsewhere. As MHProNews has learned, he added if homes are destroyed, it will leave holes in communities. Legislation to counter Citizens’ cash-value policy has not made it through the legislative process. ##

(Photo credit: MHVillage–Lake Village MHC, Nokomis, Fla.)