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Stop, Manufactured Home “Thief”

October 23rd, 2017 Comments off

ManufacturedHomeStolenNotMobileHomePostStarDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn the latest in our Daily Business News periodic reports on problematic, or allegations of illegal behavior that occur in the industry, a Pennsylvania man who stole a manufactured home in a storage lot was sentenced last week.

Robert D. Brown pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, a felony, for what the PostStar described as a $60,000, 70’ manufactured home.

The September 2013 theft occurred when a professional manufactured home transporter (a.k.a. ‘toter driver’) took a home from a parking lot near the Big Apple Diner in Hampton, NY per the PostStar.

The case summary, per Don Lehman’s reports.

The 2013 theft of the home occurred in a parking lot off Route 4, in Hampton, NY.

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Lehman mini bio, per the Post Star.

The home had been left there by the owner, “pending transportation elsewhere.”

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RobertDBrownPostStarTheftManufacturedHomeDailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsPolice and the owner located it in south central Pennsylvania in the spring of 2014, and alleged that Brown carted it off and gave it to a relative.”

  • Brown was picked up by Washington County sheriff’s officers from the jail in York County, Pennsylvania.
  • Brown completed a sentence there for possessing the stolen manufactured home, for a 2015 case in Pennsylvania.
  • Brown had worked for a company that transported manufactured homes. His former boss fired him for theft, had determined that a home he had brought to Pennsylvania was stolen.
  • Police recovered the home, which Brown had allegedly gave to a relative.  The home was returned to the owner.
  • Brown was represented by the Washington County Public Defender’s Office for his arraignment.
  • The charge of grand larceny was punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.
  • Brown had no prior criminal history, and made restitution, and was given a plea bargain.
  • Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan imposed the sentence Friday, and directing that Brown make $3,882 restitution. If Brown violates probation, he then faces up to 15 years in state prison.
  • Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said restitution was for loss of the value while it was unaccounted for.
  • Brown had no criminal record before the home theft, and he paid the restitution at sentencing on Friday, Jordan stated. He also completed a jail term while awaiting disposition of the case.

As HUD Code manufactured home industry professionals know, in spite of the inaccurate moniker of ‘mobile home’ used too often by the media, this kind of theft is a rather rare occurrence in the industry.  The reasons are many, including the fact that specialized skills and equipment are needed to move a manufactured home. Moves of a true manufactured home are rare, not routine.

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So to call a manufactured home ‘mobile’ is not only technically inaccurate, but it’s the least common state of the home; manufactured homes are immobile far more than mobile.

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Learn more from videos and reports, by clicking the linked stills above.

 

By contrast, the theft of motor vehicles in 2016 is larger than the total retail sales of the new manufactured home industry last year.  About $5.9 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2016, per iii.org.  ## (News, analysis.)

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Zoning Changes Could Affect Manufactured Housing

March 1st, 2017 Comments off
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A manufactured home community in Michigan. Credit: MHProNews.

The Washington County, Maryland Board of Commissioners is holding a public hearing today regarding several proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance, including ones that affect manufactured homes.

According to the Herald-Mail Media, zoning amendments are proposed to the 1973 ordinance from time to time due to changing times and technology.

Current law states a mobile home [sic] can only be replaced with one that fits on the existing foundation, which does not allow for expansions to double-wides [sic],said Chief Planner Jill Baker.

The proposed change would create some flexibility, allowing for such replacements as long as setback requirements are met.

Existing manufactured homes with a smaller setback would be grandfathered in, but must meet their existing property setback with replacement homes.

The proposed amendments would also disallow accessory structures such as sheds or pools, in-ground or above ground, in front yards.

Some residents voiced concerns about such items in front yards, and they create problems for potential road widening and highway right of way projects, according to county documents on the matter.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, a number of zoning related stories have been in the news lately, including a case in Wilmington, North Carolina, where city leaders are moving forward with a plan to rezone parts of an area that includes the Melrose Mobile Home Park, where residents will be required to move.

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Rhonda Pythress. Credit: TWC News.

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 resident Rhonda Poythress.

Also of note is the case of the Boulder City Mobile Home Park in Boulder City, Nevada, where the area around the community was re-zoned to a multi-home residential area.

Those who commented on the matter didn’t pull any punches.

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Boulder City Mobile Home Park. Credit: KTNV

I like the residential idea because it would not be a trailer park [sic] anymore,” said councilman Cam Walker.

Developer and board member Randy Schams, who asked for the rezoning, echoed Walker’s sentiment.

I have been building here for 20-plus years and I have never heard one positive thing about that trailer park [sic],” said Schams.

I am just trying to make it more appealing and with affordable housing.##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Passages: Mitzi Olson

June 5th, 2012 Comments off

TwinCities reports the woman who with her husband helped found Landfall, Minnesota’s “premier manufactured housing community”, died May 26 at 82. After WWII she and her husband, James, moved to the property and lived in a mobile home James had built, when it was “just cows and country out there,” she once said. Landfall became Minnesota’s smallest town in 1959 and earned recognition for its MH status. In the early 1990s when the community was set to be developed into a mall or housing development, the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) bought the city to save its affordable housing. When it was later sold to Landfall HRA, Mrs. Olson discounted the price significantly in order for the financing to go through. MHProNews.com has learned of the current dwellings 284 are factory-built homes. The 2010 census revealed 686 people live in Landfall.

(Photo credit: cityoflandfall–Landfall City Hall