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Rent Control for Town Passed by State House

August 13th, 2013 Comments off

Residents at Brookside Mobile Home Park complaining about rising rents in their community has led to a state bill authorizing rent and eviction control rules in Acushnet, Massachusetts. Town Meeting members approved a home rule petition in June, 2012 that established a rent control board to oversee the town’s four manufactured housing communities. Sponsored by state Rep. Robert H. Koczera, D-New Bedford, southcoasttoday tells MHProNews the measure was approved by the House of Representatives and was sent to the Senate.

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City Petitions Lawmakers to Amend Housing Law

October 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Following a story we posted Oct. 12, 2012 concerning Salisbury, Mass.’ desire for the state legislature to permit manufactured housing to qualify as affordable housing, Town Meeting voted Oct. 22 to send a home rule petition to the legislature for the second year in a row. As newburyportnews tells MHProNews, Town Manager Neil Harrington says, while the petition went nowhere last year, this year there are half a dozen other communities seeking a similar amendment. He says, “We’re hoping to gain more strength and get our voices heard on Beacon Hill.” Communities that do not have ten percent of their housing as affordable housing are open to developers building 40B housing projects, which allow dense subdivisions on small plots of land beyond the reach of local zoning regulations.

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City Petitions State to Change Law

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

The newburyportnews reports from Salisbury, Mass. manufactured houses cannot be considered affordable housing to help meet the state’s requirement because state law considers MH as temporary. The Town Meeting will petition the legislature to alter the definition to include MH, which will then be sufficient to meet the mandated ten percent of the city’s housing as affordable. Falling below ten percent allows developers to build 40B housing, which MHProNews has learned in Mass. reduces municipal building permit and zoning barriers resulting in higher density dwellings, often beyond control of local authority. The original goal of 40B was to encourage affordable housing production. Salisbury is in the far northeast corner of the state near the Atlantic Ocean.

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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.

Common Denominator for Six Massachusetts Towns May Soon Include Seventh

January 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Easton, MA is poised to join six other southeastern MA communities by instituting rent controls in MHCs. By-laws that regulate rents, evictions, and minimum standards of operation are under the auspices of a town-appointed board. Boston tells MHProNews.com a 1994 referendum in MA eliminated most forms of rent control, but designated it as an option for local government when it comes to manufactured housing. According to Mary McBrady, executive director of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA), California and New Jersey are the only other states that have rent control for MH. If approved at a Town Meeting Feb. 6, Easton would join Kingston, Lakeville, Middleborough, Raynham, West Bridgewater, and Rockland in adopting MH rent control.