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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.

(Photo credit: nbcsandiego.com–manufactured homes in Calif.)

FEMA’s Mission Ends in North Dakota

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Nov. 27, 2012 regarding manufactured homes imported into Minot, North Dakota by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house survivors of the Souris River flood in 2011, the FEMA mission ended Sept. 24 as the last households secured permanent housing. Over 2,000 manufactured homes were brought in to the region as FEMA established three manufactured home communities (MHCs), according to loansafe.org. Some of the homes were sited in five existing MHCs, and over 1,100 manufactured homes were placed on private property. As the program wound down, 265 of the housing units were sold to residents for permanent housing. In addition to organizing the housing mission, FEMA assisted Souris Valley residents to the tune of $90 million for repairs to homes, for rent for those whose homes were temporarily uninhabitable. In total, MHProNews understands FEMA provided $400 million in disaster assistance to individuals and local governments as a result of the flooding.

(Photo credit: minotdailynews–Souris River flood aftermath)

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.

(Photo credit: santeepatch–MHC Santee, Calif.)

HUD Grants to Spur Urban Housing

May 31st, 2013 Comments off

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Choice Neighborhood Program will provide $109 million in grants to revitalize public and HUD-assisted housing as a means of transforming desolate communities. HousingWire says Choice Neighborhoods program focuses on three goals: replacing distressed housing, improving educational outcomes for youth and rehabilitating decimated neighborhoods. Choice Neighborhood grants can be extended to local governments, public housing authorities, tribal entities, nonprofit organizations, and to collaborations of public and private entities. Since 2010, HUD has granted $231 million in grants to eight major cities as a means of stimulating neighborhood transformation. These grants generated almost $2 billion in leveraged funding that impacts the communities. MHProNews has learned applications for the Choice Neighborhood Program will be taken until Sept. 10, 2013.

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Community Owner Wins Battle; War Continues

March 29th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on an MHProNews post from Jan. 25, 2013 regarding an MHC’s attempt to convert to a resident-owned community and the ensuing legal battle with the Huntington Beach (CA) City Council trying to prevent it, the threat of a contempt of court trial against the city finally ended in a settlement, according to attorneys Hart, King & Coldren (HK&C). The city denied the conversion, Pacific Mobile Home Park filed suit, and the city responded by filing a cross complaint that some of the residents were on the city’s right-of-way. Pacific won in Orange County Superior Court in July, 2012 and the city council approved the application Nov. 2012. However, a new city council was elected in Dec. and they voted to re-reconsider the application. Superior Court Judge Luis Rodriguez set a contempt trial, charging council members with criminal contempt of court for violating a court order. The city backed down, finalizing approval of the application, and dropped the cross-complaint as well. Meanwhile, the Calif. State Senate is considering a measure, SB 504, that would give local governments more authority to block conversions.

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Tight Credit Choking Recovery?

March 1st, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), even as the housing market begins to improve, the bottleneck of tight credit for builders as well as for consumers remains an obstacle to a much more robust recovery. Some materials producers closed plants and idled workers, and they are reluctant to expand as long as builders cannot obtain credit and prices are rising fast. As NAHB Chairman Rick Judson says to MHProNews, “Restoring the flow of credit to home builders with viable projects and fixing the residential appraisal process will not only help to put America back to work, it will strengthen communities across the land and provide badly needed tax revenues that local governments need to fund schools, police and firefighters.”

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Measure will Shorten Foreclosure Time

February 8th, 2013 Comments off

The chicagotribune informs MHProNews Ill. Governor Pat Quinn has signed Senate Bill 16 to speed up the foreclosure process on abandoned single-family homes and multifamily buildings of less than seven units. The current average of 600 days will be shortened to 90-180 days for foreclosure. In addition, lenders will be required to pay foreclosure filing fees on a sliding scale from $50 to $500 based on the number of foreclosures they file each year. The $120 million in fees expected to be generated over the next three years will go to local governments to offset the costs of dealing with the abandoned homes. Says Gov. Quinn, “This law will help restore neighborhoods and property values while fighting crime and blight by decreasing the time a home sits empty and getting it back on the market quickly. It also allows us to make major investments to keep families in their homes by preventing foreclosures in the first place.”

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MHCs in Iowa cannot become Co-ops

September 12th, 2012 Comments off

Joe Kelly, executive vice-president of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IAMHA), informs MHProNews that the Iowa Department of Revenue has notified local governments that land lease communities are not structured to qualify as co-ops under Iowa Code 499A. As a residential classification, co-ops pay only about half the taxes of the commercial class. Kelly says, “The essence of the argument against manufactured housing being a co-op is that the owner of the community does not own all the homes in the community. Chapter 499A allows the co-op owner ‘to build apartments or dwellings.’ The only two choices to respond to this developement is to either file a lawsuit or to ask the legislature to clarify on behalf of allowing manufactured housing to co-op.” The classification of at least two MHCs that declared as co-op had to be changed back to commercial.

(Photo credit: Prairie Oaks MHC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—one of the communities that was forced to revert from co-op status.)

Regulator May Act Against Eminent Domain Plan

August 14th, 2012 Comments off

fhfa-logo-headerReuters tells MHProNews that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) raised concerns about a private investor group’s controversial aim to seize and restructure poor-performing mortgages. The federal housing regulator of the GSEs said it is concerned about the program’s constitutionality. “FHFA has significant concerns with programs that could undermine and have a chilling effect on the extension of credit to borrowers seeking to become homeowners and on investors that support the housing market,” the agency said in a statement. Edward DeMarco, the acting director of the FHFA, has objected to principal reductions on mortgages. DeMarco told reporters “the anticipated benefits do not outweigh the costs and risks.” Concerns about costs to taxpayers was also expressed. Mortgage Resolution Partners, a San Francisco-based group backed by some prominent West Coast financiers, is promoting the concept. Eminent domain traditionally has been used by local governments to condemn buildings and properties for public works projects. A related column in Industry Voices can be found here. ##

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Drilling Fee May Help MHC Residents Move

June 1st, 2012 Comments off

Harkening back to a story April 3, 2012 about the Pennsylvania House of Representative’s passage of SB 1141 that requires MHC owners to provide adequate notification and compensation when a community is set to close, the sungazette says it’s too late to help the residents of Riverdale Mobile Home Park in Jersey Shore who were notified earlier this year that they must move by today, June 1, 2012. However, State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, noting the land will be a water withdrawal facility to support a gas drilling operation, says the impact fee bill passed by the legislature to compensate local governments affected by drilling might cover some of the residents’ moving expenses. It could be considered a side effect of the drilling and therefore eligible for compensation. He says: “Sometimes, situations like this require us to find some sort of balance. Balancing property rights with someone who has invested a lot of time there and may not have the economic means to move.” MHProNews.com has learned Jersey Shore is in east central PA just west of Williamsport.

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