MHARR Issues & Perspectives

A HUD MONITORING CONTRACT BRIDGE TO NOWHERE

“A HUD MONITORING CONTRACT ‘BRIDGE TO NOWHERE’”

Let’s start off with a truism. And that truism, quite simply, is that within the HUD manufactured housing program, the so-called “monitoring” function has grown, expanded and metamorphosized over time, to become something that it was never meant, designed or intended to be, with a private contractor exercising defactogovernmental authority over regulated parties. Of course, …

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“Restoring the Rule of Law To Manufactured Housing Regulation”

MHARR --ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES By Mark Weiss JULY 2018 The rule of law, and the supremacy of law over the arbitrary whims of individuals who happen to wield government power, was a profound concern for the founders who debated and developed the Constitution of the United States. For over two centuries, legal scholars have pointed …

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HUD Secretary Carson Addresses Manufactured Housing At Oversight Hearing

JUNE 27, 2018   TO:                 MHARR MANUFACTURERS                         MHARR STATE AFFILIATES                         MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)  FROM: MHARR  RE:  HUD Secretary Carson Addresses Manufactured Housing At Oversight Hearing The House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee held an oversight hearing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on June 27, 2018. The sole witness …

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“MHARR Leadership Continues to Produce Results for Industry”

MHARR, as an organization, has always been tasked with being a leader on the issues it addresses. Established by industry pioneers in 1985, MHARR was not designed, and was never intended to be, a status quo organization given to complacency, pulling punches, or “going along” with regulators, industry detractors, or anyone else. It was formed, …

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“Diversion, Distraction or Destruction — And Time to Raise the Red Flag?”

According to recent press reports, nearly fifty percent (or more) of the HUD Code manufactured housing production market is currently held by one manufacturer, Clayton Homes, Inc. (Clayton), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation (BHC).  At the same time, at least thirty-five percent of the manufactured home consumer finance market (as acknowledged by BHC …

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New Bill Addresses MH Inclusion/Regulatory Impacts

A new bill has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) that would impact both the regulation of manufactured housing by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and, potentially, the utilization of HUD-regulated manufactured housing by local jurisdictions that receive housing-related federal grants from HUD.  If pursued correctly by the …

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“For Manufactured Housing, the Obama Administration Never Left Town”

Recognizing that excessive government regulation plays a major role in stifling economic growth while inflicting disproportionate harm on the multitude of small businesses that are the engine of job creation within the American economy, President Trump came to office in January 2017 on a platform of “deconstructing the administrative [i.e., regulatory] state.” Consistent with this …

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“Industry, States and Consumers Must Resist HUD Installation Power Grab”

As MHARR continues to expose the outlines, extent and sheer audacity of HUD’s ongoing power grab under Administrator Pamela Danner to dictate installation standards and enforcement procedures in all fifty states – including states with complying, HUD-approved, state law installation programs – the Association has received a wave of concerned inquiries from industry members and …

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