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Tragic Clayton Death Sparks Investigation, Background Others Missed

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

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The victim’s identity has not been released, and was not a Clayton Homes employee, per a statement by Chris Cannon with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, per WBIR.

 

The victim worked for Hoyle’s Tire and Axle, based in Henderson, North Carolina, according to Cannon.

 

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an official investigation that may take between 10-12 weeks, Cannon said. Mainstream media sources revealed no other details about this tragic death at this time.

The Daily Business News wishes condolences to all touched by the loss, and will update this post as this developing story is updated.

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Safety First

Every manufactured or modular production center known to MHProNews has a safety first policy. While industrial accidents periodically occur, they rarely end in death. In fact, safety is one of the normally unspoken advantages of building in a production center, as opposed to traditional site building. Scaffolding is just one of several precautions found in a plant.

But death in manufactured housing occurs, as the installation death story linked below reveals.

Richard William Pettet Dies in Manufactured Home Installation Tragedy

The tragedy at CMH’s Maynardville facility is set against the backdrop of several ongoing industry controversies.  The latest, is linked below in an in-depth exclusive report.

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

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Are Manufactured Home Communities Good or Bad?

May 15th, 2017 Comments off
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The answer to that question throughout Western North Carolina comes down to something simple: it depends on whom you ask.

Manufactured housing in the region, on average, accounts for between 15 and 30 percent of overall housing.

According to the Citizen Times, opponents of manufactured housing in the area say “you get what you pay for,” and although manufactured homes are cheap up front, their values and materials degrade over time.

Advocates disagree, saying they are an affordable path to homeownership.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we continue to cover the challenges as well as the numerous advantages that the manufactured housing industry provides in the U.S., making affordable, quality housing easily available to most of the population.

As the region works to address its affordable housing crisis, manufactured home community owners are pushing for growth, and officials are left with the decision of whether more permissive zoning is the answer.

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For longtime Asheville businessman and Wellington Estates community owner, George Morosani, it’s a no brainer.

Describing himself as an advocate for manufactured homes, he’s one of the people driving the push for more permissive zoning.

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George Morosani. Credit: Morosani.

It’s just good old working class people that need a place to live,” said Morosani.What’s most important is at the end of ten years they own the home, and they can have it payment-free for the next 20 or 25 years.”

While manufactured homes are banned in Ashville, Wellington Estates, due to its age, is grandfathered in.

Morosani says that he buys homes and resells them, and buyers put ten percent down and pay off the balance through private financing with Wellington Estates within ten years.

I’ve always found if someone owns something, they’re apt to take better care of it than if you’re renting,” said Morosani.

And that appears to carry over to Wellington West, which is right across the street and also owned by Morosani.

Some residents there are accusing Morosani of forcing them out, telling them that they need to upgrade their homes and pay the Wellington Estates pad rent, or leave.

I feel frustrated because I don’t know where to go,” said Wellington West resident Carina Hernandez.

He said that businesses are businesses, and that’s why we’re taking these out and putting new ones in.”

For Morosani, he says that he has no tolerance for situations like Wellington West.

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A home in Wellington West. Credit: Citizen Times.

This is what the public thinks a trailer park [sic] is,” said Morosani, pointing to a part of the community.

This is trailer trash [sic].”

I want to prove a trailer park [sic] doesn’t have to look scruff. The clean up is part of my strategy to persuade city leaders to open up zoning for mobile homes,” said Morosani.

The difference between trailer trash [sic] in a trailer park [sic] and a manufactured home community is tremendously different. It is not an eyesore. It just takes maintenance. It takes care.”

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provides deep insight into the opportunity for manufactured housing in Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, and the understanding that the solution to affordable housing is hiding in plain sight. ##

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NIMBY? Fear? Ignorance? MHC Proposal on Hold

May 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Smyrna, North Carolina, landowner Carolyn Floyd-Robinson thought she had “checked all the boxes” when she was ready to contribute to the community. The response she received from city commissioner was not what she expected.

According to the Red Springs Citizen, Robinson appeared before the commissioners this week, seeking a conditional-use permit that would allow her to establish a 43- site manufactured home community on 24 acres she owns.

The property, which Robinson has owned for more than 10 years, is farmland and located in an area zoned residential/agricultural.

This land has always been family owned and I want to enhance the community,” Robinson told commissioners.

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Carolyn Floyd-Robinson. Credit: Red Springs Citizen.

It will be phased in in sections, the homes will all be new, and the leasing will be done through a property management company. There will be background checks, references will be required and there will be a property manager on site.”

Robinson did not receive the response she expected.

Three nearby property owners said that they are concerned a “mobile home park” would be a magnet for criminal activity. All three cited drug use and other criminal activities they have witnessed at a nearby community.

We don’t want that around our children,” said property owner Antionette Thompson.

We don’t need drugs in the area,” said Dematrius Hill. “It only takes one person with the wrong mindset.”

The responses were enough for commissioner Berlester Campbell to make a motion to table the request for the permit after hearing Robinson and opponents of the park argue their cases before the commissioners.

I know where the property is and I know it is all family land,” said Campbell. “I want us to sit down and discuss Wiregrass Road before this goes any further.”

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For Robinson, she believes that people had an opportunity to voice their opposition prior to her taking costly action.

I object,” said Robinson.

I’ve invested money in the project since the Planning Board approved my plans and no one came to that board’s meeting to voice objections.”

The commissioners say they will revisit the request in June.

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The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out. Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance.

For more on the myths and facts surrounding manufactured housing, and the opportunity for millions to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, click here. ##

 

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Town Council Overhauls Zoning, MH in Crosshairs

March 8th, 2017 Comments off
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In Winterville, North Carolina, the Planning Commission and the Town Council tackled zoning issues this week.

On the subject of manufactured housing, it was very clear on which side of the line some officials fell.

According to the Reflector, in dealing with permitted residential uses, the planning board voted 6-2 with planning board members Robert Briley and Dawn Poaletti dissenting, to remove class B single-family homes, which are classified as single-section manufactured homes from the list completely.

Everyone needs somewhere to live. You’re not thinking about that,” said Briley.

Having no singlewides [sic] is stupid. Land is land. No one is making any more land. I’m a country boy and can’t go along with this. It don’t make no sense. It’s a restriction on half of Pitt County.

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The County has restrictions on mobile [sic] homes, too. It requires a permit,” said Mayor Doug Jackson.

Then, board member Peggy Cliborne made a motion to remove class A single family homes, classified as multi-section manufactured homes from the list as well.

It is a wise statement to remove both,” said Jackson.

I agree,” said Mayor Pro-tem Mark Smith.

I think we still should move class A doublewides to conditional use,” said Cliborne.

If I were moving to the community, I wouldn’t want to move next to a mobile home [sic].”

The motion died for a lack of a second.

Mayor Pro-tem Smith said that he is not against manufactured homes, but he does think the planning board should determine if they are allowed.

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I have no issued with mobile homes [sic] in our town. My grandmother lives in a mobile home park [sic], but we must look at where they are allowed. Now they are allowed next to $200,000 to $300,000 homes,” said Smith.

People ask, ‘Why would we allow that?’ It is a legitimate question.

Cliborne again made a motion to move class A doublewide manufactured homes to a conditional use in a joint session. Her motion did not receive a second.

We must know the condition,” said planning board member Doug Kilian, making reference to a Board of Adjustment process that requires applicants to prove the special requirement.

That would keep our housing consistent with similar housing together, which adds to the community and makes it look good,” said Winterville Councilwoman Veronica Roberson. She supports conditional use.

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We must clarify the difference between modular homes and doublewides [sic], so it says modulars and doublewides [sic] under conditional use,” said Cliborne, agreeing with Kilian.

Moving class A homes into a conditional use would allow the development of a modular home subdivision or a doublewide [sic] subdivision,” said Roberson.

Kilian then made a motion to make class A housing as a conditional use, which Cliborne seconded.

The motion then passed unanimously.

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NIMBY?

The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out.

Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance. ##

 

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While Hundreds Remain Displaced, Solutions Sit Idle

February 21st, 2017 Comments off
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In Lumber Ridge, North Carolina, it’s been four months since Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the area.

Over 350 families were displaced due to the storm, and, with homes too damaged to live in, they remain in hotels and motels, waiting.

The reason? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it’s permitting and process.

 

The clock just ticks down for the families,” said Adrienne Kennedy, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Robeson County-Lumberton Recovery Group. Kennedy says that the organization would like to see a loosening of local, state and federal regulations and ordinances to get the displaced into temporary housing.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, since late last year, the federal government has been storing Federal Emergency Management Agency manufactured housing units in a staging area outside the former Signature Aluminum plant.

I’m surprised because, historically, we have seen disasters come and go,” said Kennedy.

You know we can’t get it right every time. But by now, we should have enough technology and information that says automatically, the local government and FEMA should weigh the permit issues – flood-zoning issues.

Waive that,” said Kennedy, “and let’s get these trailers [sic] in.

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According to FEMA spokesman Mike Wade, the Lumber Ridge site is one of two in the state that the federal government uses as a staging area for the manufactured housing units. The sites were set up in the aftermath of the storm.

The housing units at the Signature Aluminum plant staging area go to Robeson County, which is one of the hardest-hit areas, and 10 other counties are also eligible to have the homes for temporary housing. But Wade says there’s even more to the story.

Not all those people may be eligible for assistance, said Wade.

They may not have had enough damage to be eligible. People need to realize that not everyone is qualified for a mobile home [sic].

Typically, the mobile homes [sic] are FEMA’s last resort.”

Wade says that the first goal is to try and help those who are displaced to find a rental property in the community or provide rental assistance while repairs are being made to their home.

We want people to get back into their primary residence as quickly as they can,” said Wade.

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But FEMA eligibility is, in some instances, a challenge.

Displaced residents must own property where the unit could be placed or have a spot in a manufactured home community. According to Stephanie Chavis, Robeson County’s director of Emergency Services, that is an issue.

It appears many of the displaced were living in public housing and renting property before the storm. They don’t own land – we can’t help the fact that a lot of people that were affected by this storm were in public housing or rental property,” said Chavis.

You have to realize FEMA has their criteria these people have to meet. When I met with FEMA on Wednesday, the discussion came up that maybe in this situation that their criteria be reconsidered and adjusted to meet the needs of these folks in motels. Maybe this is a different situation, so we may need to look at the criteria again to see if it meets the needs of Robeson County.

According to Chavis, about 18,000 people in Robeson County are receiving FEMA assistance, and the federal government has provided Robeson County with more than $24.5 million in financial assistance.

Even with those figures, Wade says there is only so much that FEMA can do.

As for FEMA’s temporary manufacturing housing units, there are a lot of things that come into play. No matter what we do, we can never make a person whole again if their home is totally destroyed,said Wade.

We recommend strongly that people have flood insurance. We understand in this area, there was flooding where normally it doesn’t flood.

For more on the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and the stereotypes around manufactured housing and storms, click here. ##

 

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Residents Concerned about MHC Regulations

February 20th, 2017 Comments off
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At a recent Ronda, North Carolina Board of Commissioners meeting, guest speakers had a lot to say, dominating the entire first half hour.

According to the Elkin Tribune, the issues were around Ronda’s Mobile Home Resolution and Shady Hill Mobile Home Park. David Yelverton and Shannon Neal, potential purchasers of Shady Hill, presented their concerns about the resolution including the five-year age limit on homes allowed to be located in there.

Mike Finney, owner of Zwin Street Village, who agreed that the age of homes allowed should be extended, supported them.

Finney presented the board with practical concerns of manufactured home community ownership and the benefits around altering the town resolution would be.

I bought the trailer park [sic] because it was a nuisance,” said Finney.

The way the ordinance is set up it’s not profitable. The retail price is not going to be practical. By the time I got [Zwin Street Village] paid off, I would be in the ground.

Tommy Sales, owner of property in several local municipalities including nearby Elkin, said that he’s concerned with the resolution because he is interested in setting up manufactured homes on property in Ronda that he intends to purchase.

The five-year limit deters me from buying,” said Sales.

You can remodel an older trailer [sic] and make it look brand new.”

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The Ronda Board of Commissioners meets to discuss the mobile home resolution. Credit: Elkin Tribune.

Other residents posed concerns about the quality of homes that may fall within the current five-year range and exactly what constitutes a manufactured home community.

They may be within the five-year range, but cosmetically could look pretty darn rough,” said Fay Pardue.

How many homes constitute a community?” said Randy Combs.

And why any of the rules would be different. What’s fair for one is fair for all.

Finney made the case for technology being involved in the decision process.

The thing about used single wides [sic], if they are nice and reasonably priced they don’t stay on the market for very long,” said Finney.

Electronic pictures are the only way to go. If they don’t provide the sufficient photographs to make determination, text or email them back.

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I think we can do a bit better for our trailer park [sic] owners. We know that our resolution is too restrictive,” said Mayor Victor Varela.

What I’m suggesting is we modify the ordinance to go back to 1990. No older than 25 years.

Varela then mentioned that more time was needed.

We will be loosening this up, I don’t know to what extent. It’s been a big learning experience,” said Varela.

The consensus is that we’re going to table this until next month.”

As Daily Business News readers are aware, a number of communities around the U.S. are either reviewing or making changes to manufactured home community ordinances, including the case in Arcata, California related to rent control. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Modular Builder Acquires Retailer, Misconceptions Corrected

February 7th, 2017 Comments off
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A Nationwide Home model, like the ones sold at Silverpoint Homes. Credit: Triad Business Journals.

Silverpoint Homes, a West Virginia-based company that specializes in the sale and construction of modular houses, is the new owner of the former Nationwide Homes of the Triad in Whitsett, North Carolina.

According to Triad Business Journal, this is the second location for Silverpoint Homes in the state, with the other located in Lincolnton. 

Most of the business will remain the same as it has been for more than a decade. Silverpoint will continue to sell nothing but Nationwide Homes,” said Adam Peterson, general manager of Silverpoint’s Whitsett location.

Silverpoint will retain former employees, including three sales representatives, a site coordinator and an administrator. We hire subcontractors for construction work, which includes building foundations, porches and completing interior work once a modular home has been placed.

We’re very busy,” said Peterson. “The real estate market is very good at the moment.

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Peterson also shared his thoughts on many people not understanding the difference between modular and manufactured homes, which included incorrect statements made by Peterson himself.

Modular homes are built inside a factory in modules, which are then trucked to construction sites. Cranes are used to set the modules on permanent foundations. Construction of modular homes must comply with the N.C. Residential Building Code.” said Peterson.

By comparison, manufactured houses are built on a non-removable steel chassis and are held to a less-stringent building code. They’re typically referred to as ‘mobile homes.’”

As Daily Business News readers already know, Mr. Peterson is making statements that are incorrect and require clarity.

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Manufactured homes are held to strict federal HUD code for building standards, and they are also constructed in a factory. Also of note, a mobile home has not been constructed in the U.S. since June 15, 1976.

The misconceptions about “mobile homes” are, in most cases, a result of comments like those made by Peterson, which media outlets continue to run with.

Modern manufactured homes, as mentioned prior, are built to strict federal housing guidelines, and in many cases look, feel and function just like a site built or modular home.

Also of note, Peterson said, “the cost of buying a modular home is about 20 to 30 percent less than a similar site-built structure. Both appreciate in value and a modular home can be ready for occupancy in about three-to-five months.

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

For a detailed and accurate comparison of manufactured and modular homes, click here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Continues Growth, December Report

February 6th, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., February 6, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, per official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during December 2016.

These just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 6,995 homes in December 2016, a 23.6 percent increase over the 5,657 HUD Code homes produced during December 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 was 81,136 homes, a 15 percent increase over the 70,544 HUD Code homes produced during 2015.

MHARR has provided cumulative annual industry production figures since 2008 for reference:

  • 2008 – 81,457 homes
  • 2009 – 49,683 homes
  • 2010 – 50,056 homes
  • 2011 – 51,618 homes
  • 2012 – 54,881 homes
  • 2013 – 60,228 homes
  • 2014 – 64,334 homes
  • 2015 – 70,544 homes
  • 2016 – 81,136 homes

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through December 2016 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated, are as follows:

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The latest information for December 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

MHARR says that while continued growth in manufactured housing production levels since 2010 is encouraging, given the high and growing demand in the United States for affordable housing and home ownership and other factors, annual production levels should be in the hundreds of thousands of homes.

The full report is linked here.

For the MHProNews preview of the HUD housing numbers, click here.

The Daily Business News also recently covered MHARR’s statement that President Donald Trump’s regulatory orders will have a direct impact on manufactured housing. That report is here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Continues Growth

December 6th, 2016 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports to MHProNews that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing industry production increased once again during October 2016.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,154 homes in October 2016, a 4.5% increase over the 6,846 HUD Code homes produced during October 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 67,043 homes, a 13.8% increase over the 58,907 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through October 2016  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated are as follows:

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The latest information for October 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

The Daily Business News has covered a flurry of commentary recently from MHARR and Association President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, including calls for a moratorium on critical legislation during the last days of the Obama Administration and the MHARR November Washington update.. ##

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Residents Forced to Move Due to Rezoning

November 8th, 2016 Comments off
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Melrose Mobile Home Park. Credit: TWC News.

Residents of the Melrose Mobile Home Park will have to move.

According to TWC News, city leaders in Wilmington, North Carolina are moving forward with a plan to rezone parts of Wrightsville Avenue.

Officials said the zoning became necessary due to continuous population growth. The city plans to designate the site mixed-use, with both business and residential units.

City officials told TWC News they are working to increase access to affordable housing in Wilmington, but many residents are concerned.

It is all about money. At Wrightsville Beach they want this property so they can zone it so they can build more rich condos here,” said park resident Rhonda Poythress.

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Rhonda Poythress. Credit: TWC News.

But it is just putting so many people out. Not to mention the elderly people who can’t get out to look for a place or pack their stuff up and move it. Some of them don’t even have family here; that’s what’s really breaking my heart.

North Carolina state law only requires residents to be given 180 days notice to vacate a community. While some states require relocation assistance for displaced residents, North Carolina has no such provision.

Residents have been given until the end of March to vacate the property.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of rezoning cases recently, including Boulder City, Nevada and Aurora, Colorado.

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Melrose Mobile Home Park. Credit: TWC News.

The MH Industry Speaks 

Jim Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), speaking about a similar case told MHProNewsA community owner shouldn’t be compelled to close a community without regard for homeowners.jimayottecreditmhpronewsusersrcdesktoppaulbradleycredtimhpronewsstanthonycasehighlightsbattleovercommunityownersrightsvsresidentsrights-dailybusinessnews

Ayotte explained some of the various stress points that are often at play, including local governments that have limited ability in their budgets to provide affordable housing.  Yet, local governments often try to impose measures that force property owners to act contrary to their property rights.

This is unfair to the private sector and quite frankly, should be unconstitutional,” Ayotte said.

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Jay Hamilton.

As MH association directors, we support a property owner’s rights to buy, sell and make a profit at any time,Jay Hamilton, of the George Manufactured Housing Association told MHProNews.

What we do hope for is that the MH Community owner does it ethically, which is usually the case.

The community owner should help minimize the impact by working with local government and social service agencies to identify alternative housing options,” Ayotte said, adding that he has seen a number of examples of community closures where owners, residents and local officials worked successfully together. Ayotte’s full comments about the matter are linked here. ##

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