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Israelis Install New Prefab “Mobile Homes” In New Settlement

February 22nd, 2018 Comments off

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Israel began Wednesday to install houses at its first new settlement in about 25 years, says Agence France Presse (AFP).

A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per AFP’s YouTube page.  Note that in Israel, or other nations that don’t have the HUD Code for manufactured housing, the term ‘mobile home’ may not be as problematic as it is here in the U.S.

 

A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Britain’s The Guardian reported a year ago that thousands of homes were authorized by the Israeli government, once President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. It’s a hot button issue in the Arab-Israeli peace process.

A number of settlements built without permits from the government have been retroactively legalized in that time, and existing settlements have expanded exponentially,” said the Daily Star.

Amichai is located in the northern West Bank, near the Shilo settlement. It is in Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for 50 years, as a result of the 1967 Middle Eastern conflict.

All settlement construction is considered illegal under international law,” says the Daily Star,  “but Israel distinguishes between those it sanctions and those it doesn’t.”

The settlement is being built for about 40 families that were evicted from Amona, a community built without Israeli permits.  That community was demolished in February 2017.

The demolition came after Israel’s supreme court concluded it was built on private Palestinian land.  But the ruling was heavily criticized by many members of Israel’s right-wing government.

The families were expected to move in in about a month, said Israel Ganz, vice-president of the Binyamin Regional Council which manages settlements in this part of the West Bank.

To see 40 families here is a first step but we dream of seeing hundreds of families on these hills,” he added, pointing to the surrounding area. More than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel has turned to prefabricated homes for years as part of their affordable housing planning.

It is part of a trend of greater acceptance of prefab housing globally.

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Manufactured Home Community Residents Reach Settlement In Legal Action

April 24th, 2017 Comments off
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In Massachusetts, residents of the Chelmsford Commons manufactured home community have reportedly reached a six-figure settlement in a class action lawsuit against community owner, Michigan based RHP Properties.

According to the Lowell Sun, the suit alleges that RHP improperly raised rents on residents over the last five years. As a result of the settlement, residents have started to see reductions in their rent rates, and RHP has agreed to pay out more than $100,000 to about 350 current and former residents.

I’m hoping that we can get something to bring us all back down again,” said resident Sally Walters, who received a letter earlier this month that RHP was reducing her rent by $9 as a result of the settlement.

Three community residents, who claimed that RHP violated a 1990 master lease agreement that stated that rent increases were to be based, in part, on changes to the Boston Consumer Price Index, filed the lawsuit earlier this month.

Instead, the suit claims RHP based the increases on the national CPI, which rose faster than the Boston index, resulting in inflated rents.

The new owners, if the cost of living doesn’t go up they’re still going to charge you,” said one resident.

They know lots of the residents are on social security and disability.”

Additionally,the lawsuit also claimed that RHP added the cost of repairing a water main break to residents, and that as a part of the settlement, RHP has agreed to set aside an additional $10,000 to compensate residents.

For residents, even though the reduction amounts may be small, they have a significant impact. Many residents, who are on fixed incomes, have had to leave the community due to rent increases of $20 to $30 per month.

Anything helps, there’s no doubt about it,” said resident Jerry Robinson. Robinson has seen a reduction in his rent of $16 so far.

A Middlesex Superior Court judge still has to approve the settlement before notices are sent to residents. RHP has not commented on the settlement. ##

 

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CFPB’s Cordray Attempts to Allay Congressional Fears

January 25th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire tells MHProNews.com Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray, appearing before a House subcommittee, says he is examining the exclusion of smaller banks from regulations targeted at larger firms responsible for the housing crisis. He says the bureau will analyze how the rules might impact banks with assets below $10 billion. Responding to lawmakers ongoing concerns that the CFPB might be prone to overstep its boundaries, Cordray reiterated the oversight provisions that apply to CFPB that do not apply to any other agency. He says the qualified mortgage requirements will be proposed soon, and the rule that conjoins the Truth-In-Lending-Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) will be released before summer. He also says the CFPB will continue to assume its regulatory role over the entire mortgage process as well as non-bank lenders.

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