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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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FEMA may Bring in Modular Homes for those Displaced by the Flood

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned over 6,400 Colorado flood victims have applied for federal aid, and $430,000 has been approved in individual assistance. President Obama made an “emergency” and a “major disaster” declaration for Colorado based on the flooding, which opens the door to tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement to local government as well as to individuals. While the denverpost.com notes the possible Sept. 30 shutdown of the government, there is enough funding available in the disaster relief budget. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate states the housing programs to assist those displaced include repairing existing homes, renting dwellings, and the use of modular homes.

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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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Construction of World’s Tallest Building (Modular) on Hold

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews published June 19, 2012 regarding the Broad Group’s plan to build the tallest skyscraper in the world using modular construction, the July 20, 2013 groundbreaking in China’s Hunan Province was a festive affair but short-lived: Local government officials suspended the project allegedly because the Broad Group did not have a building permit. The 2,749 foot tall building, with 220 floors, termed Sky City, will withstand a 9.0 earthquake, according to the builders, who did assemble a 30-story modular hotel in 15 days working round the clock. Bloomberg reports it may be that local officials will be overruled by the Chinese Communist Party, which has an eye on projecting a national vitality to its citizens and the outside world. However, the last thing China wants, especially in light of current real estate conditions in the country due to an economic slowdown, is another empty building. Original plans said the extent of sustainability in the construction process would result in energy use one-fifth of a comparable building, and that the structure would be completed by Jan. 2013. The government does see modular construction as the future of urban residential development, and the monster building, said to accommodate 100,000, may yet see the light of day.

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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.)

Measure Excludes Manufactured and Modular Housing

March 21st, 2013 Comments off

According to bizjournals, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed an ordinance which prevents local government from enacting zoning ordinances that dictates the appearance, layout, design, number of rooms, materials, type of windows or doors for single-family and duplex dwellings. It may regulate the height and bulk of a building and how it is located on its site. However, as MHProNews has discovered, it excludes manufactured and modular housing which can continue to be regulated.

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Tight Squeeze for Modular Homes

May 8th, 2012 Comments off

The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota reports the Box Elder Planning and Zoning Commission wants developer Bob Akers to rethink his plans to replace the 125-site Wagon Wheel Village MHC with 166 modular homes spaced ten feet apart. Located just east of Rapid City, the local government has no rulings concerning population density, but the current statute requires 20 feet between manufactured homes in a community, and that could be amended. The commissioners also raised concerns about police and fire access, parking, useable outdoor space, and storm water drainage. Akers was not at the meeting. MHProNews.com has learned he previously wanted to build apartments but was unable to obtain financing.

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Tax Reform Could Lower MH Taxes

April 27th, 2012 Comments off

The DesMoinesRegister says the Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature are negotiating a still-secret property tax measure, refusing to release any specifics to the public. Critics say it will increase homeowners property tax and cut $100 million annually from local government, which could affect school budgets, police protection, and street repairs. Legislators had stated they will reduce commercial and industrial property taxes this session. Currently single-family homes are taxed at half their assessed value, while apartments with at least three units are taxed at full assessment value. The proposal would tax apartments at the same rate as single-family homes, which could be an impetus to lower rents. A source close to MHProNews.com says manufactured housing will, at a minimum, likely be included as commercial property in the final measure, which means the tax savings will “not be that dramatic.”

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Prefabricated Homes Building in Africa

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

From AllAfrica, MHProNews.com learns the housing shortage in Namibia will be met in part by Nami Prefabricated Housing cc, a Chinese company that will produce 18 two-bedroom homes daily. Nami is 70 percent complete with establishing its five distinct manufacturing facilities that will make the panelised homes which in turn will employ many Namibians. The Hon. Jerry Ekandjo, Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, in speaking to Nami’s director Gu Di, says, “ Your business will surely help reduce the house burden on the shoulders of the Namibian government and help those low and middle income residents out of their shacks or squatter camps, which is a great contribution to Namibian socio-economic development.” Written by Professor Ganfu Yang, the opinion piece lauds Chinese enterprise for contributions to improving the lot of Namibians.

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