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Will New State Rent Control Laws Conflict With Presidential Affordable Housing Initiatives? Who Has What Agenda?

July 1st, 2019 Comments off




Starting with specific examples from a large state, a trend spreading to other states will come into focus.


As you know, the New York Housing Association has been battling the adoption of rent control in NYS for decades. Unfortunately, with all parts of the legislative body voting with one voice, we lost the battle just a couple of weeks ago. We are now faced with understanding how the new legislation works and the ramifications it will have on our industry,” said Robert Capenos, Executive Director of New York Housing Association, Inc.

Not being a current member is leaving you without the crucial information you need to navigate this new and onerous legislation. We implore you to re-join your association and be part of the discussion to manage these changes,” Capenos said in an email to past members, openly aiming to coax them back.

New York isn’t the only state to recently pass rent control statewide. Oregon has too. Other states have been or are pondering variations on that rent-control theme.

What Capenos’ letter didn’t mention is news items like the one accessed from the text-image box below.  When a Republican lawmaker joined with Democratic lawmakers to cry ‘foul,’ wasn’t the sudden loss on this latest push for rent control all but inevitable?  Yet, it was only the Daily Business News on MHProNews that seriously covered this topic among the manufactured home industry’s trade media. How to explain that gaping void in an industry with so many bloggers and writers?


Manufactured Home Community Residents on ‘Rent Strike,’ Republican Lawmaker Calls Foul


Libertarian John Stossel summed up a suggestion that sounds sinister.  Or was Stossel’s a pragmatic reading of what is occurring at the local, state, and federal level?


‘Use Government to Handcuff Your Rivals, Clever’ – Stossel


Be that as it may, MHProNews was also essentially alone in the industry in tracking the ongoing developments in New York or elsewhere, including the MHAction connection.


Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes


Recall that MHAction, which is pushing rent control in other states and jurisdictions, is backed by whom?  Follow the money trail right back to the Tides nonprofit, and from the Tides their largest donor is the NoVo Foundation. The man who gave millions to the NoVo foundation is none other than Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. See the data, at this link here.

With that tee up, a clearer view of what is occurring is now coming into focus.

From that perspective, let’s pivot to a report in the Riverhead News Review regarding this newly minted New York law, which is as noted also on the march in numerous states, including in the heartland. 

Tim Gannon for the News Review said on 6.22.2019 that “A state bill limiting rent increases for tenants in mobile/manufactured home parks has been approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.” 

The new law was combined with other bills in a Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act that included an extension of rent control laws in New York City, which expired June 15,” per the News Review.

We’re very happy about this,” according to Peter Baldwin of Riverside, vice president of the Mobile/Manufactured Homeowners Association of Suffolk. “It’s been a long, hard fight, but it was worth it now that we got it.”

Resident groups hope the law will protect against “unreasonable” Think about the example linked above, how the problematic behavior of Havenpark attracted attention from Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D).  Or industry professionals and advocates should muse over the woes spotlighted in John Oliver’s viral hit video on manufactured home companies and other so-called predator firms, linked here.

Local media reported that the new law in New York establishes so-called ‘protections’ for those residents by limiting annual rent increases to 3% — or up to 6% if the increase can be shown to be related to higher operating expenses or property taxes or the cost of capital improvements, according to a release from State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie (D). 

·        There may be an exception higher than 6% obtained by applying for a hardship allowance from New York State Housing and Community Renewal. 

·        But the new law also allows community residents to challenge increases over 3% in court. 

·        Further, the new law strengthens resident protections against eviction from communities for the purpose of changing the use of the land. 

·        The new law requires community owners from initiating eviction cases against residents for two years.  If they are eventually evicted due to a change of use, it provides for a stipend of up to $15,000, according to a release from New York State Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D). 

It’s going to benefit people who are having trouble staying in their homes, because now, they won’t get kicked out on the street,” Mr. Baldwin said. “Senior citizens and people on fixed incomes also should benefit from the law.” 

Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) said he’s been working for passage of this bill for about 10 years.  That confirms Capenos claim at the top. While the rent control measure has been approved previously in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, it was never approved by the Republican-controlled Senate. Now that Democrats control the Assembly, the Senate and the governorship, the bill could and did pass and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo into law. 

When local media cited Bob Capenos of the New York Housing Association’s long standing opposition, Capenos said many communities are 40 to 60 years old.  He understandably argued that strict controls on rent increases could limit a community owners’ ability to pay for capital improvements.

As if to confirm the points MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been making for some time, among the posted comments on the Times Review article were these.

Shari Harberts said, Hope Iowa will do the same.” Haberts added [typos in the original], “Mr. Capenos forgets he gets paid by big investors who do not care about improvements and improvements are tax deductable. Most mobile home parks offer no ammenties only increased rent. He knows mobile home parks are being bought up by companies for profit ( Havenpark, LLC. Sun Communties (stock symbol SUI) so , please Mr. Capenos be truthful. I love in Iowa and my park was sold to Havenpark.LLC. Utah and their goal is raising lot rent to the sky to provide income for investors. They raised the rent by 69% saying our park has not kept up with the market atound us. Yes, it was lower but they fotget to say that the other parks have been bought by other REIT like Yes Communties. Did he miss watching John Olivers – Mobile Home on Youyube or, Franke Rolfe the creator of his get rich invesyment course called Mobile Home University or that it’s the only industry that is allowed to rob and rape the buyers and tenants.”

Each of these topics have been spotlighted at various times on either or both MHProNews and or MHLivingNews.  Those insiders who aren’t closely following the trends – for example, from the retail, production or supplier sides of the industry – may not otherwise be able to fully grasp what Harberts means.

A community operator, who is on the NY Housing Association’s board of directors responded as follows to Harberts.

Steve Newman, On the contrary, I am an owner of 2 Manufactured Home Communities in NYS. I invested my own money to buy these properties and use my own capital or borrow at my own risk funds to make significant improvements. Many of my colleagues at NY Housing are like me, small operators!

I can tell you that I will be very cautious about making improvements as a result of the new rent regulations Be careful what you wish for. The real culprits here are localities that impose restrictive zoning ordinances restricting construction of new communities and burdensome regulations which add to cost of buying and installing homes. Lack of financing options for homes by government agencies tasked to serve these communities also increases costs. Unfortunately this complex problem requires a more incentives than disincentives.”

Newman, per his LinkedIn profile, has two communities. One is described [typos in the original] from a company website as “A all age community owned and operated by Rural Home Communities. Steven L. Newman, Owner. Conveniently located south of Watkins Glen, NY offering easy commute to Corning/Elmira and access to all attractions in Finger Lakes…”



Indeed, Newman’s point is one made from community operators in Canada and the United States, as a prior report with Canadian video reflected from this link here.  Progressives should bear in mind that Paul Bradley, President and CEO of ROC USA told MHProNews that to his mind rent control doesn’t work.

So, there are concerns – even among progressives that are pro-resident – over the effectiveness, or lack thereof, in rent-control efforts.

There is one more point to be made before drawing this narrative to a somewhat painful close.  Who is atop the NY Housing board of Directors? Joe Bushey, who is identified as with G&I Homes.  Here’s how the association website shows it, sans the phone and email.



Joe Bushey
G & I Homes
PO Box 226
Frankfort, NY 13340


Who owns G&I Homes?  Per the Clayton Homes website, it is Clayton.

ClaytonHomesFindRetailerJoe BusheyGIHomesLocationsNewYorkDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews 

That’s not to imply that every case of rent control has Clayton or Warren Buffett the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerates fingerprints on it.  But clearly, several of such scenarios do have precisely those Omaha-Knoxville fingerprints and money trails. As Joanne Stevens, who works for a division of Berkshire Hathaway was reported to say last week, the industry – i.e. the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been to confront these issues.  That’s an understatement, since the ultimate power behind Arlington, VA based MHI are the Berkshire brands.

Commenting on similar moves in Iowa for regulating manufactured home communities and imposing new rent control, Stevens said: What happened next [in Iowa and elsewhere] is a commentary on how woefully unprepared the MH & MHP Industry is to make the case for the essential role mobile homes & parks provide in the low-cost housing landscape. Tenants, the media and legislators unleashed their outrage against rent increases and MHP owners.”



One ought to ask, is creating rage against community owners in general an accident or a byproduct? Is it more than a coincidence when something similar is happening in state after state?  Especially when so often, there are Buffett and Berkshire fingerprints and funds clearly at hand?

It is inevitable once MHI is so highly weaponized that more state associations will likewise feel the power of Clayton, 21st Mortgage, and Berkshire related influence or domination. That has been previously reported in the report below.



This may help explain in part why some state community associations broke rank with MHI to form the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO).  The question now is this.  Will NAMHCO now play footsie with MHI and the powers that be in MHVille’s Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis and their big boy allies? Or will they buck the system and publicly call them out as they did before?


Finally, rent control and manufactured housing were both mentioned in the new presidential executive order.  Is a battle looming ahead? Time will tell. Meanwhile, MHProNews will monitor these and other developments and report to the industry’s professionals, investors, owners, and advocates accordingly.  

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, October 15 to October 22, 2017

October 22nd, 2017 Comments off

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Public Official, Senators Tour Manufactured Home Community, Production Center

October 17th, 2017 Comments off

NewYorkHousingAssocTourChampionTitanManufacturedHomeProductionCenterMHProNewsNew York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, Senator Betty Little, Senator Joseph Griffo and their staffs spent the day visiting the Champion Home Builders Titan Homes Division factory in Sangerfield, N.Y. and Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” the New York Housing Association (NYHA) said in a release to the Daily Business News.

The officials asked great questions and received excellent answers from the Titan staff,” per the NYHA release.

Besides meeting Champion’s Titan division leaders, “the officials toured the entire factory, beginning at the frame building department, continuing through each station in the building process. In the finishing department the officials were able to enter a few home sections that were being cleaned and prepared for shipment.


Titan Homes had just finished their Fall Retailers Factory Show and still had two finished and decorated homes,” stated the NYHA. “The officials had an opportunity to tour each of the manufactured homes on display.”


Following the Titan Homes factory tour, the officials were escorted by NYHA Executive Director Nancy Geer and NYHA Legislative Counsel Mark Glaser to Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” NYHA explained.


Their release said that, “Jensen’s Cherrywood Community is a 55+ Community with many amenities near Utica, N.Y.”



New York Housing Association’s award winning executive director, Nancy Geer.

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Factory-Built Home Days Proclaimed in New York

April 11th, 2014 Comments off

In honor of the 64th Anniversary of the New York Housing Association (NYHA), New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed May 4-10, 2014 as New York Housing Association’s Factory-Built Home Days. The importance of factory-built housing can be seen in the thousands who continue to buy it, and in the thousands who make a living building it, all in New York state. In his proclamation, as tells MHProNews, Gov. Cuomo says, “With continued advancements in technology and increasing popularity among the general public, factory-built housing is expected to be a significant source of quality, affordable homes in the 21st Century.” ##

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Annual Manufactured Housing Symposium to be Held in Albany, New York

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

The New York Housing Association (NYHA) will once again host the annual Spring Symposium and Legislative Summit May 5-6, 2014 in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, similar to last year at this time, as MHProNews reported April 24, 2013. State Senator Catharine Young, Housing Committee Chair, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who have both introduced “The Affordable Housing Act” in their respective chambers, will each address the attendees at a Legislative Reception. MHProNews has learned Rick Robinson, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will present issues and activities at the federal level, and Jeffrey Barringer of McGlinchey Stafford LLC will discus the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s regulations as they affect manufactured housing.

A panel of state agency representatives including Ron Piester, head of the Department of State Division of Standards and Codes, Nancy Port, Department of Health, and Jennifer Langley from the Division of Homes & Community Renewal will lead a question and answer session. On display just outside the Capitol Building will be a new 1,497 square foot manufactured home with three bedrooms and two baths for participants to view.

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Improving Manufactured Housing’s Image to Increase Sales

June 18th, 2013 Comments off


With image being a key component to selling more manufactured homes to cash and credit worthy buyers, that may explain the growing daily commentary in favor of the start of the image campaign. Nancy Geer, Executive Director of the New York Housing Association said: “Manufactured Home Living Website is a great resource for homeowners and consumers.  It has a large content of articles and videos to please any interested reader.”

Steven Lefler, Vice President of Modular Lifestyles stated: Given our industry has had a history and the perception of an image problem…The efforts of the industry to change are just beginning…Your website begins the process, nice job!” Scott Stroud, of BuilderRadio applauded the effort with this comment: “Tony – Hats off to you for taking the lead with this great image-building website. Anyone who visits must be impressed with the true state of the MH industry today. I won’t say that “image is everything,” but this will truly take buyers perceptions to a new high. It’s good for the industry and everyone associated with it, and you set a bar that others will certainly strive to meet. A big THANK YOU from us all!” Previous comments published with the okay of those who made them are found in this news article, entitled Williams, Allen and others give thumbs up. The publisher of the new platform reminds readers that more pro industry, consumer focused articles, featured homes and other related plans are in the pipeline.##

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MH on the Move in New York

November 17th, 2011 Comments off

Uticaod reports from New Hartford, New York, just west of Utica, the town has issued more permits for manufactured housing this year than in the previous two years combined. There have been only seven permits for site-built homes this year. Noting the 31 permits for MH, New Hartford town Codes officer Joseph Booth said, “We’ve had a banner year building permit-wise. We did well this year despite the slow market.” After raising three children, Rosalie and Jim Gau moved from a large four bedroom house with high heating and maintenance costs to a 1,200 square foot new manufactured house in the Applewood Community in New Hartford. “We had a big house with a lot of space we didn’t need, so we downsized. We picked this community because its well kept and locally owned,” Jim Gau said. “There’s also a great community center with parties and activities for residents,” Rosalie Gau added. Nancy Geer, executive director of the New York Housing Association, said when the housing market finally does come back, the demand for manufactured housing might increase because of affordability. “No one is building huge houses anymore,” she said. The article notes manufactured housing is increasing because communities are springing up around in the area. According to the Census Bureau, occupancy of manufactured housing around the nation has declined from 80,500 sited homes in 2008 to about 50,000 today.

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