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Modular Homes may be Regulated Again

April 23rd, 2013 Comments off

According to tampabay, the Hernando County Commissioners meeting in Brooksville, Fla. are considering reinstating an ordinance similar to one originally passed in 2000 that required homes in single-family residential neighborhoods to look the same. The ordinance was eliminated in 2010 because it was an unnecessary regulation that necessitated too much staff time. It set rules for appearance, roof pitch, foundation, and size and at times required inspectors to compare the home to three nearest structures. It also ended a legal dispute with the modular home industry after neighbors complained a modular home resembled a mobile home. MHProNews has learned proponents of the ordinance at the meeting said the modular homes were de-valuing their own homes and the commissioners had an obligation to help protect their investment. Since the ordinance was repealed, nine new modular homes and one rebuilt one have been permitted. The commissioners unanimously voted to create a new ordinance that would be more streamlined, although any modular homes sited until then will not be affected by the new regulation.

(Photo credit: modular home–Atlantic Bay Homes)

Inmates Prevented from Building Modular Homes

March 26th, 2013 Comments off

According to what cjonline tells MHProNews, the Kansas House of Representatives passed SB 74 that restricts prison programs in which inmates build modular homes, with proponents saying the correctional system should not compete with private enterprise. The vote was 87-32 in favor of the restriction. An amendment to permit the homes to be donated to non-profits was also defeated.

(Photo credit: CorrectionalNews–modular prison)

County Slams Door on Rent Control

June 22nd, 2012 Comments off

UkiahDailyJournal reports the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors in north central California unanimously voted down a rent control ordinance that would affect all 60 MHCs in the county. While proponents said it would protect seniors on fixed incomes, opponents said it stifles free enterprise while also noting a study by the Cato Institute showing communities with rent control have lower quality of housing. One MHC was singled out by the commissioners as producing the most complaints about the rise in rent. An MHC owner suggested a county fund to assist low-income individuals. What MHProNews finds most telling is that petitions were received by the board from residents of MHCs opposing rent control.

(Photo credit: Progressive Housing–San Jose, CA)

Town Meeting Votes in Rent Control

June 7th, 2012 Comments off

SouthCoastToday reports from Acushnet, Massachusetts the town meeting voted 43-33 to institute a three person rent control board for the local MHCs in the community. Proponents say rents have increased much more quickly than in the past, making it tough for seniors on fixed incomes. One MHC owner, saying he just spent $500,000 for a sewer upgrade, says the increased cost of living means it’s more expensive to provide necessary services for the communities. Denis Tetrault of Bay State Mobile Home Park, calling it “a pretty inexpensive way to live,” states a rent control board can “…start telling a small business what they can make and what they can’t make. It’s not fair to the business.” MHProNews.com reported yesterday on a ballot initiative at the other end of the nation, in Oceanside, CA where citizens voted to retain rent control.

Energy Efficient Tax Credits for MH/MOD Defeated

March 15th, 2012 Comments off

From Washington, D.C. the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews.com the Stabenow amendment to the Senate’s surface transportation reauthorization legislation (S.1813), which would have extended the energy efficient tax credits for MH and Mod, did not get the required 60 votes needed for passage. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) led the opposition to a 49-49 deadlock. MHI says proponents will regroup and begin working with legislators including Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Sen Max Baucus (D-MT), and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to renew the six credits. Under the New Energy Efficient Home Credit, manufacturers of ENERGY STAR homes received $1,000 and modular home builders received $2,000, but that expired Dec. 31, 2011. MHI strongly suggests contacting your representative in Congress to support the extension.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–U.S. Capitol)