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City Decision Sparks Discussion, Should Manufactured Home Communities be Allowed to Lease Sites to RVs?

August 25th, 2017 Comments off
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Should Recreational Vehicles (RVs) be allowed to use vacant lots in a manufactured home community?

That question sparked a debate in the state of Ohio, and elsewhere.

Some manufactured home communities that have a vacancy issue would happily rent vacant lots to towable or motorized RVs, to bring in additional revenue.

Others – generally the more upscale, ‘4 to 5 star’ communities – are often less receptive to leasing a home site in their communities to any RV.

In Bucyrus, Ohio, some communities are looking to be able to share their land with RVs.  But they are running into zoning issues.  Per sources in Ohio to MHProNews, that may or may not even be up to the city council do determine.

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John Rostash, the Buycrus Zoning Administrator. Credit, City of Bucyrus.

Genesis of a Controversy

The issue arose due to an influx in temporary workers in the gas and oil industry.  A number of them bought RVs, or they seek  other short-term housing arrangements other than living out of a hotel room.

That’s where the whole thing started, was with the pipeline guys,” John Rostash, the city’s zoning administrator.

According to the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, communities that want to lease sites to RVers are located in the city’s manufactured home residential zoning district.  The city does not clearly allow RVs, campers, or any housing other than HUD Code manufactured homes in a land-lease community (LLC).

The city council considered the possible disruption in those areas caused by leasing MHC (LLC) sites to RVs.

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Councilman Steve Pifer. Credit, City of Bucyrus.

I can’t fault these guys [manufactured home community owner/operators] for what they’re doing,” Councilman Steve Pifer.

I can understand if we were talking about turning the art park into a campground, but we’re not,” Pifer said. “I’m not sure this is such a horrible thing.”

Pifer said he sees how this could be beneficial to those communities that wish to do so.

But some other council members have raised concerns that the RVs will be vacant over the winter, becoming an eyesore of sorts. Rostash countered that doing so wouldn’t be allowed in the first place.

They’re asking for it to be used as a campground, not as a storage facility,” Rostash said.

OMHC Ought to Regulate?

While the city council debates over whether or not these communities should be allowed to let RVs into their parks, a source in Ohio tells MHProNews that it is the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) that should have the final say on the matter.

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission determines what is appropriate or not for MH Parks by law. Zoning a park does fall under local authorities but they do not have jurisdiction within the park to determine what may or may not be allowed in park lots,” per an informed source in Ohio.

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Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission. Credit, OMHC.

The Daily Business News has previously reported on Ohio Governor John Kasich’s elimination of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission. However, as it stands now, the OMHC still has the last say as to what happens within communities until the transfer to the Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) is complete.

MHProNews is told that will be the case until “the transfer to the Ohio Department of Commerce will take place January 21, 2018.”

RVs Create Controversy for MH Parks Abound

Bucyrus isn’t the only place having trouble when it comes to allowing RVs in manufactured home communities.

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Richard Nodel, owner, Nodel Parks, photo credit, LinkedIn.

We have several communities that include RV sites. So long as RV’s are in a segregated area, we have never had any complaints or problems,” said Richard Nodel, owner of Nodel Parks.

We faced a similar situation in Wyoming where the city of Gillette wanted to restrict Rvs which typically were used by construction and coal mine workers. Our argument was that these RV’ers wanted to live in a residential environment rather than the typical local RV Park that catered to overnighters,” Nodel told MHProNews.

SpencerRoanePentagonPropertiesCreditsPostedDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsMHProNewsWe allow them in communities where the local regulators don’t object.  Some regulators, however, differentiate between HUD & RV, and won’t allow the latter in LLCs,” [land lease communities] said Spencer Roane, of Pentagon Properties in an email to MHProNews.

Another Association with Numerous Communities Viewpoint

According to a statement from the Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association, several Minnesota community owners were approached by an entity based in a neighboring state, offering for sale, surplus recreational park trailers or park models, no longer needed to house transient workers. They were marketed to communities as a fast and economical way fill vacant home sites, by either selling or renting the units.”

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Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association logo. Credit, MMHA.

In response “the MMHA reminded its community members that recreational park trailers and park models were not a permitted use in manufactured home communities.”

However, Minnesota’s laws do have a solution for parks who wish to accommodate both manufactured homes and RVs.

Minnesota Statute allows for holding a dual license as a manufactured home community and a seasonal recreational campground, with designated sites and requirements for each. There is no reported effort underway in the State of Minnesota to allow recreational park trailers or park models for use in manufactured home communities.”

 

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Bucyrus City Hall and Police Department. Credit, Wikimapia.

Back in Ohio, according to the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, members of the Bucyrus city council decided to send the issue to the county’s Planning Commission.  They could put together a list of suggested guidelines allowing the communities to have “conditional use” to rent their vacant lots as an RV “campgrounds” site.

This discussion has been an ongoing one in community and zoning circles for years, and is likely to continue in areas where vacancy issues for manufactured home community operators continue. ## (News, analysis.)

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Governor’s Controversial Manufactured Housing Battle Concludes

June 29th, 2017 Comments off
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From the moment Governor John Kasich‘s Administration first proposed to eliminate the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, the air has been full of misleading information and derogatory comments directed at almost one million Ohio residents who live in manufactured homes,” said Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA).

While the OMHA was able to rally support in their state house, as was reported at the link here, when the final budget was approved, the OMHC was not included.

Kasich’s “Administration did not tell the truth regarding the independent Manufactured Homes Commission‘s superior record of protecting homeowner safety,” said Williams.  “Neither did the Administration accurately report that today’s manufactured homes have the strictest fire code of any form of housing on the market, meeting rigorous federal quality construction standards.”

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Interior photo of a modern manufactured home from the OMHA website.

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Tim Williams, OMHA.

Ohio has for years been a state that inspected every new manufactured home installation.

 

 

In place for the last ten years, the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission is an independent agency, with a team of trained professionals, knowledgeable about the homes and the way they are built and installed. The Commission does its job free of political influence,” Williams told MHProNews, “ensuring every home installation is inspected and each one is safe.”

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Now, the rigorous inspection process currently in place in Ohio will be absorbed into the Kasich Administration’s 800 employee Department of Commerce bureaucracy.  That body new regulatory body, OMHA states where “there exists no manufactured homes expertise or experience.”

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The residents rights group, Association of Manufactured Homes Residents in Ohio (AMHRO) fought alongside OMHA in their efforts to keep the independent OMHC alive against the Kasich Administration’s onslaught.

Williams said, “We stand ready to assist the Administration in the transition. Given the Ohio Department of Commerce’s lack of experience and expertise involving the unique nature of manufactured homes, we hope the Administration will call on our Association and AMHRO during the transition. We also encourage the Administration to transfer the small Commission staff with 88 years of combined experience to the Department of Commerce to ensure continuity in the regulatory program.”

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association is a not for profit organization, comprised of some 500 manufactured home related businesses. ##

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Liar! MHI report calls Gov. John Kasich, Allies Liars

June 1st, 2017 1 comment
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Are MHI’s “Real Facts” the pot calling the kettle black? Credits: MHI, OMHA, OMHC.

In a saga that the Daily Business News has followed closely, the battle in Ohio to keep the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) alive and independent has drawn a well-known name into the fray… but, are they the pot calling the kettle black?

The saga began when the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association sent a letter to lawmakers at the end of March supporting a provision in the state budget to kill the commission. The Daily Business News covered the response from the commission in a story linked here.

Commentary from the association, and the state fire marshal, was inflammatory.

30 people died in 1,208 manufactured home fires between 2012 and 2016,” said the letter from the Association.

Ohioans are 4.2 times more likely to die in a manufactured home that caught fire than a one- or two-family home,” said state Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, who cited a four-year study of state data showing there are more fatal fires in manufactured homes in Ohio than in any other surrounding state.

This commentary was then followed up with a move from Governor John Kasich’s office, as the Governor’s Executive Budget legislation included a provision seeking to eliminate the OMHC and move its duties into the Department of Commerce.

 

A Victory?

On May 2nd, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill”, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law.

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As the bill is being debated in the Senate, the Ohio Manufactured Home Association (OMHA), along with other organizations and manufactured home residents, have been proactively making their case.

They have also gained support from a familiar name – the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI.)

 

Engaged Or Just Late to the Party? 

In a report from MHI, they addressed the situation in Ohio.

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MHI meetings are closed to journalists and reporters, even pro-industry trade reporters. Why? Photo credit, MHProNews, MHI logo is that organization’s intellectual property.

A provision in Governor John Kasich’s budget sought to eliminate the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission by burying its functions somewhere in the Buckeye bureaucracy. Following extensive hearings on the topic and hard work by OMHA, Ohio’s House of Representatives voted to remove the provision,” said the report.

The Kasich Administration has now moved the battle to the Senate where they are attempting to have the provision reinserted. Sadly, Governor Kasich and his allies are resorting to half-truths, old stereotypes and outright lies in an attempt to get traction for their ill-advised position.”

The report then cited the actions of OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams during the process.

The Kasich Administration is making up its own alternative facts to scare people into thinking there is a problem,” said Williams in a statement.

Then, MHI made a statement that’s sure to raise the ire of many in the industry.

MHI lent its public relations support to help with local media as well as press releases with OMHA about the real facts.”

 

Real Facts? Pot, Meet Kettle

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While MHI makes the claim of providing PR support about the real facts, industry outlets and advocacy organizations including MHARR, MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been actively engaged with OMHA since the beginning of the battle with Governor Kasich’s office.mhpronewslogoindustrynewstipsviewsproscanuse

This is a “real fact” that MHI fails to mention.

In an exclusive discussion with MHProNews on May 19th, OMHA Executive Tim Williams explained why the battle taking place in Ohio is important for the industry as a whole.

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Tim Williams, OMHA.

When our homes and their superior building and fire safety are misrepresented it hurts our businesses and residents. We must always stand up for the truth about the affordability and superior fire safety of manufactured homes for our customers and industry,” said Williams.

The truth always matters. We must never let others define us with false representations. We provide the most affordable, quality and safest homes of any sort today. The world needs to know that. Our opponents can have their opinions but they are never entitled to their own set of facts.”

For more on the battle in Ohio, click here.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews will continue to monitor this story, and lead the charge supporting the industry, wherever and whenever the need arises. ##

 

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OMHA, Manufactured Home Residents Ratchet Up Pressure

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In a story that has put the importance of good governance front and center, manufactured home residents in Ohio, along with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) urged state senators to keep the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) active.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill” on May 2nd, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law. That bill is now under review in the state senate.

The saga began when the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association sent a letter to lawmakers at the end of March supporting a provision in the state budget to kill the commission. The Daily Business News covered the response from the commission in a story linked here.

Commentary from the association, and the state fire marshal, was inflammatory.

30 people died in 1,208 manufactured home fires between 2012 and 2016,” said the letter from the Association.

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Ohioans are 4.2 times more likely to die in a manufactured home that caught fire than a one- or two-family home,” said state Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, who cited a four-year study of state data showing there are more fatal fires in manufactured homes in Ohio than in any other surrounding state.

This commentary was followed up with a move from Governor John Kasich’s office, as the Governor’s Executive Budget legislation included a provision seeking to eliminate the OMHC and move its duties into the Department of Commerce.

And that spurred serious action.

Burying the regulation of the manufactured homes program in a bureaucracy is ill advised,” said Evan Atkinson, the OMHC Vice-Chairman, to members of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review.

The Administration has exhibited a lack of understanding regarding the comprehensive nature of manufactured homes regulation throughout these legislative deliberations.”

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James Demitrus, member of the residents’ association and former resident appointee to the OMHC, also shared his feelings on the importance of the commission during the hearing.

The Commission today inspects 100 percent of home installations. The Commission’s requirement that every home be inspected was a revolution in the industry,” said Demitrus.

The Commission was the residents’ best hope of ensuring that they can live in communities that are safe and well-maintained.”

Frank Pojman, President of the Association of Manufactured Home Residents in Ohio, also testified at the hearing, providing a unique perspective.

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Pojman once opposed creating the Commission, but now supports keeping it focused on its safety and inspection mission, separate from the Administration’s control.

Then I did not understand how it could help the residents of Ohio. But after all these years of experience with the Commission we obtain quick and reliable service for our residents, especially involving home safety and park [sic] living,” said Pojman.

Governor Kasich’s blanket negative statements about the quality and safety of manufactured homes are demeaning and disrespectful, and I will remind the Senate Committee that nearly a million Ohio residents live in a manufactured home,” said Pojman.

I think the Governor has been misled by the state agencies that want to assume the Commission’s duties.”

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Tim Williams, OMHA Executive Director.

In an exclusive discussion with MHProNews, OMHA Executive Tim Williams explained why the battle taking place in Ohio is important for the industry as a whole.

When our homes and their superior building and fire safety are misrepresented it hurts our businesses and residents. We must always stand up for the truth about the affordability and superior fire safety of manufactured homes for our customers and industry,” said Williams.

The truth always matters. We must never let others define us with false representations. We provide the most affordable, quality and safest homes of any sort today. The world needs to know that. Our opponents can have their opinions but they are never entitled to their own set of facts.”

For more on the battle in Ohio, click here. ##

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Ohio Manufactured Homes Association Calls for Help

March 7th, 2017 Comments off
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The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) tells MHProNews that the Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives Finance Committee is currently reviewing proposed language in House Bill 49.

The bill proposes to abolish the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, delivering a potentially devastating setback to the industry in the state.

If the Commission is abolished, the Ohio Department of Commerce would regulate the industry in the state, resulting in bureaucratic delays, according to the OMHA .

The organization is asking for help from those in the state of Ohio, by calling and emailing state representatives and urging them to contact members of the House Finance Committee.

OMHA has set up links for ease of use in making contact and spreading the word.

You can have an email letter sent on your behalf here, or you can go here and enter your zip code to get contact information for representatives in your area to call.

A script that can be utilized is linked here.

As Daily Business News readers already know, the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) is a not for profit organization whose strategic vision strives to make manufactured housing a standard way of life in Ohio.

For additional commentary from OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams, including his take on actions by President Donald Trump that affect the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##

 

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Ohio’s Association Director Williams Testifies before House Committee

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

tim williams exev vp ohio mfg homes assocTestifying before the Ohio House of Representatives’ Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee in support of HB 273 regarding abandoned MH, OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams stated that current removal of abandoned MH (valued under $3,000) laws are effective in some counties where an affidavit of value is signed and agreed to between the two parties

In others it is costing more than the value of the homes to remove them, as when three appraisals may be required before removal, plus filing and other legal fees, adding up to $1,000 or more for a home that is to be destroyed. “HB 273 will recognize that affidavits are a legitimate method of valuing abandoned homes along with the county auditor’s review of these affidavit values,” said Williams.

He said if a deceased resident leaves behind a home valued at $3,000 or less, current law gives two choices to community operators: open a creditor’s probate estate–$2,500 plus six months wait; or, evict the deceased, wait one year and the house is yours. Most abandoned homes are never probated because of the low value of the home—beneficiaries just walk away, said Williams.

The measure would also prevent the removal of an MH from a community to a storage facility before titled ownership can be resolved, thus averting the potential cost of spending more to move the house than it is worth.

Additionally, current law requires two statutory notices sent to the lienholder that permit intervention in the abandoned home removal process. If the home has little or no value, there is often no response from the lienholder, says Williams, but some courts have interpreted the current law requiring lienholder consent to transfer the home to the community operator. In limited cases, the lienholder never responds. HB 273 would remove this barrier preventing the operator from obtaining possession of an abandoned home.

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission’s (OMHC) Executive Director Janet Williams, who is in charge of regulating and licensing MH communities in the state, also testified in favor of HB 273.

Additional hearings will be set for the coming months. ##

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Water Problems Persist at Ohio Manufactured Home Community

January 7th, 2015 Comments off

Pineview-Pines-Estates-Miami-Township-Ohio-photo-credit-dayton-daily-news-posted-mhpronews-Problems with water quality for residents at Pineview Pines Estates in Miami Township, Ohio, prompted the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to issue a boil advisory, Dayton Daily News   tells MHProNews. The community’s water facilities lost drinking-water pressure again on New Year’s day.

The good news is that water pressure was restored by evening, OEPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce said Friday. “I understand that at 6:30 p.m. yesterday, water pressure was restored,” she said. “We did have them put a boil advisory in effect, which is standard procedure anytime there’s been a loss in water pressure because of the chance of bacteria.”

The Pineview Pines community, which consists of approximately 200 homes located on more than 43 acres, has been plagued with water problems during the last several weeks. In early December, residents had to use bottled water for several days. Then on December 11 and 12, water wells were not functioning at the park, according to Montgomery County records. The OEPA provided water to the residents during that time and gave park management until December 22 to solve the problem.

According to Terry Swackhamer, an investigator with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, the most recent water shortage was caused by a separate issue. This commission is responsible for licensing and inspecting manufactured home communities in Ohio.

What caused the shortage (Thursday) is a completely different issue than what caused it on the 11th and 12th,” Swackhamer explained. “They are working with an older water system, but they are doing what they need to do to fix it. They are having major issues with their system, but they were doing their due diligence.”

A resident of the park who asked to remain anonymous said the water had been off multiple times in the last month. “I can’t sell my home because of these water issues,” he said.

There have been no reports of anyone being sickened by the water at the park, according to Jennifer Wensell, director of public health for Montgomery County. “As things sit now, it’s primarily a question of safe water supply to the operation, and it’s under the jurisdiction of the EPA,” she said. “We’ve had nothing at all that’s indicated anyone becoming ill with the water.” ##

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