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Emily Goode vs City of Richland, Mississippi

October 12th, 2012 No comments

jennifer-hall-mississippi-manufactured-housing-association-executive-director-posted-mhpronews.com-75x75pxl-The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) was very encouraged when HUD sent the City of Richland a letter regarding their requirement to home owners to update their manufactured homes to the current HUD code standard. MMHA had requested such letter in April of 2012 and received a response in August of 2012. Below is a summary of the case.

Mrs. Goode owns a 1984 HUD Code certified manufactured home located in the city of Richland, MS. In late September of 2010, she contacted the city to have her water turned off because she would not be staying at her home for some time due to family and work related issues, and did not want to risk her water pipes rupturing due to freezing weather while she was gone.

While Goode was gone, her utilities remained connected and she continued to receive mail to her home. She would periodically check on her home since all of her belongs were still located in her home.

In March of 2011, Mrs. Goode contacted the City to have her water reconnected, but the City informed her that her water would not be reconnected because the City claimed that the property had been abandoned for over 90 days in violation of the City Ordinance 2007-1 and had not been maintained according to the standards set forth in this Ordinance. She tried several attempts in vain to explain her situation to the City. The new Ordinance required that the home had to be updated to current HUD standards. On August 17, 2011, the Richland Municipal Court found Mrs. Goode guilty of violating City Ordinance 2007-1. Her attorney, Robin Hood, contacted MMHA for assistance.

The MMHA Board decided to have our attorney assist with this case. Mrs. Goode then asked MMHA to assist her in appealing her case to Rankin County Court.

The appeal was heard in County Court on April 9, 2012. During the trial it became apparent that the City was attempting to use City Ordinance 2007-1 to require Goode to maintain her 1984 manufactured home according to the most current version of the HUD Code. We were able to get Mrs. Goode’s case dismissed because of the evidence that the city attempted to use to show that Goode’s home had not been maintained in accordance with the current HUD Code was not obtained by the City until after the June 6, 2011 issuance to the citation summons charging Goode with violating the ordinance 2007-1.

The court entered an order dismissing the City’s case against Goode on May 2, 2012. On April 17, 2012 we petitioned HUD to write a letter to the City regarding their ordinance requiring homeowners that their manufactured homes had to be updated to the current HUD standard. After the trail, we learned that the City had adopted yet another manufactured housing ordinance which requires an inspection of a long list of items for manufactured homes to be located or relocated within the city.

When we received the copy of HUD’s letter to the City of Richland, we met with their attorneys to discuss the matter further. We reviewed the inspection list and discussed which items on the list applied to Mrs. Goode’s case. The City of Richland replied back to HUD that they would comply with HUD’s letter.

After months of going through this legal maze, on October 4, 2012, MMHA assisted Mrs. Goode in obtaining the appropriate permits to begin the process of getting her home prepared for her to move back into. MMHA will be present when the city inspector inspects Mrs. Goode’s home to make sure only the items pertaining to Mrs. Goode are inspected. Hopefully the next report will be that Mrs. Goode is living “happily ever after” in her manufactured home. ##

HUD Letter on Preemption in Response to Richland, MS Zoning issue, August 2012.

jennifer-hall-mississippi-manufactured-housing-association-executive-director-posted-mhpronews.com-75x75pxl-Jennifer Hall
Executive Director
MMHA

Letter from Congressman Bart Stupak

October 31st, 2010 1 comment

Editor’s Note:

This letter from Congressman Bart Stupak was submitted to us by:

Mr. George Spanos
PO Box 370
Petoskey, Michigan 49770

The letter is used with his permission. Mr. Spanos also requested a ‘plug’ for the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA), which we are pleased hereby to do.

A number of points could be made about this letter, such as: This is this particular congressman’s perspective, others might see this differently.

What is certain is that neither the Duty To Serve (DTS) nor FHA Title 1 Reform has manifested itself in the fashion that is beneficial at this point to the manufactured housing industry.

On the other hand, the SAFE Act, also part of HERA, has had an impact on the manufactured housing industry, and most would assert that it has not been a positive one.

Please see related topics to this subject at these links:

MHI PAC and the Upcoming Midterm Elections
The Mid-Term Elections and Manufactured Housing
Yertle the Turtle and Manufactured Housing
In the Midterm Elections, are we feeding the hand that bites us?

Finally, a reminder about our Editorial Policy. We are open to all perspectives on Industry related topics. Asking that they be properly (respectfully) expressed. One good way to get a discussion going is to look objectively at a topic and to consider a variety of viewpoints.

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IMHA-RVIC News regarding the status of the Louisville Show

October 9th, 2010 9 comments

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Please see the message below from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation regarding the status of the Louisville Show. We encourage all IMHA members to support this event.


As a part of the manufactured housing industry, you know how tough business conditions have been for the last several years. These same business conditions have taken a toll on the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, reducing the number of show homes in 2009 and forcing its cancellation in 2010. As caretakers of this industry event, we’re doing everything possible to make sure it happens successfully in 2011 but we need your support to renew this tradition.

Maybe you’re a manufacturer who can take one home to the show. Maybe you’re already taking two homes but can take one more. Maybe you’re a supplier who has not yet committed to the show. Please call Dennis Hill at 770-587-3350 and make that commitment today! Maybe you’re a retailer or community owner who can call your manufacturers and tell them you hope to see their products at the show. Let your suppliers know you’ll be in Louisville in January. Maybe you can even make arrangements to purchase one of the show homes.

We’ve cut expenses by eliminating set management fees and reimbursements to the Midwest Federation members and have revamped the advertising campaign. With 7 manufacturers, 20 floors and 45 booths already committed we’re just 6 floors away from being able to finalize our contracts to make the 2011 show a reality.

We are quickly running out of time to get these final commitments. Everyone has a part in making this event happen, and with the support of the industry it will happen. Please do your part to support the Louisville show and plan on being there in January.


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