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HUD Code Industry Manufacturers, Retailers and Communities

MHARR has called on HUD Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Carson, to withdraw – pending further review and follow-up action – a proposed “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) concerning “frost-free” and frost-protected manufactured housing foundations in freezing climates, issued by the HUD manufactured housing program on June 23, 2017. Citing the regulatory “freeze” order issued by the Trump Administration …

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HUD Power-Grab – “Frost-Free” Interpretive Bulletin

The HUD manufactured housing program, on June 21, 2017, published a proposed “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) in the Federal Register (copy attached) that would effectively change the substance of the current federal installation standards (24 C.F.R. 3285.312(b)) for “frost-free or “frost-protected” manufactured housing foundations used in “freezing  climates.” This proposal, which MHARR has explained and detailed …

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EPA Publishes Final Formaldehyde Rule for Composite Wood Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – after an extended delay -- has published its final rule to regulate formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products in the December 12, 2016 edition of the Federal Register (see, copy attached).  The publication of this final rule (previously released by EPA on a pre-publication basis in July 2016), represents …

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HUD Code Industry Manufacturers, Retailers and Communities

MHARR today filed comprehensive comments (copy attached) in response to HUD’s May 15, 2017 request for input from affected parties identifying regulations or regulatory actions that warrant repeal or modification because they eliminate jobs, inhibit job growth, are not cost-justified, or meet one of several additional criteria set forth in Executive Order 13777, issued by …

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Manufactured Housing Production Increases Continue in April 2017

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased again during April 2017. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,184 homes in April …

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MHARR Succeeds in Delaying Enforcement Of Formaldehyde Rule

Washington, D.C., May 23, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has succeeded in winning a delay of the effective date(s) of the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016.  EPA’s action, announced in a May 23, 2017 notice …

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MHARR Seeks Repeal Of Discriminatory Formaldehyde Mandates

Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed written comments (copy attached) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking the repeal of discriminatory requirements imposed on federally-regulated producers of manufactured housing under EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Wood Products rule, published on December 12, 2016.  MHARR’s written comments follow – …

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President Trump’s Regulatory Orders Moving Forward – HUD Invites Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2017 (copy attached), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”), issued by President Trump on January 30, 2017 and Executive Order 13777 (“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”), issued by …

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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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Terrible FHFA Duty to Serve Rule Leads to Useless Fannie And Freddie DTS Chattel Plans

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2017 – The entirely discretionary final “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) rule published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on December 29, 2016 -- opposed by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) as being totally inconsistent with the mandatory and remedial nature of DTS as enacted by …

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