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Biden Administration Regulatory Executive Orders

The Biden Administration, as expected, has issued a flurry of executive orders (EOs) and related directives in its first hours, including several pertaining to federal regulatory matters that will have both direct and indirect impacts on the regulation of HUD Code manufactured housing. While MHARR is in the process of developing a comprehensive analysis of …

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MHARR Seeks to Keep HUD Zoning Study on Track

Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed comments attached with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeking to ensure that a pending HUD study of state and local regulatory barriers to the use and placement of “factory-built” structures is – as it should be — properly focused on …

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HUD Issues New and Revised Manufactured Housing Standards While Dodging Regulatory Reform

Washington, D.C., January 14, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published, as a final rule, the so-called “third set” of new and revised Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards recommended by the statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). While these standards, which were generally supported by MHARR in written comments filed …

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MHARR Persistence Pays Off – FHFA Admits Reality: Fannie and Freddie Not Serving Manufactured Housing Under Duty To Serve

Washington, D.C., November 4, 2020 – As confirmed by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), a report recently submitted to Congress by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) — the federal regulator for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – reveals, for the first time, how those entities have been certified by …

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MHARR Submits Comments on Continuing Duty To Serve Manufactured Housing Implementation Failures

Washington, D.C., October 21, 2020 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed comments ( copy attached) regarding proposed revisions and a one-year (2021) extension period for Duty to Serve Underserved Markets (DTS) Implementation Plans previously filed by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In its comments, responding to a September …

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MHARR Exposes FHFA Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing Failures and Distortions to Congress

MHARR EXPOSES FHFA DTS FAILURES AND DISTORTIONS TO CONGRESS  Washington, D.C., October 16, 2020 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in verbal and written comments presented at an October 16, 2020 Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) “Listening Session” concerning implementation of the statutory Duty to Serve Underserved Markets (DTS) mandate (see, copy …

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MHARR Comments To FHFA Seek Full Compliance With “DUTY TO SERVE” Mandate

Washington, D.C., August 27, 2020 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed comments ( attached) on a proposed Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) rule concerning regulatory capital requirements for the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on June 30, …

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With HUD Regulators Stalling MHARR Presses Critical Manufactured Home Issues Up The Ladder

Washington, D.C., July 15, 2020 – In a Petition for Rulemaking to Secretary Carson and other senior HUD officials copy attached, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) breaks wide open the lack of any meaningful progress to date toward regulatory reform – as mandated by President Trump – within the HUD manufactured housing …

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Federal Regulator Issues New Proposed Capital Requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) — the federal regulator for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – has issued a proposed rule that would modify existing capital retention requirements for the federal mortgage giants. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2020 (at pp. 39274-39406), would establish an amended Regulatory …

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Federal Guidance Adds Manufactured Home Retailers, Transporters, and Installers as Essential Workers as Sought by MHARR

The most recent update to the federal government’s guidance on “essential” workers for purposes of COVID-19 “Stay-at-Home” orders, issued by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on May 19, 2020 now specifically includes “workers … supporting the sale, transportation and installation of manufactured homes” (in addition to manufactured housing construction workers) see, copy …

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