While some of the companies that has drawn Attorney General Tom Miller’s ire are not publicly traded firms, there could well be reasons that investors should pay attention anyway. Why? Among other reasons, the firms in question have as their target brands that have three letters in common. Those three letters? MHI – The Manufactured Housing Institute. AG Miller’s press release and related analysis and details will be found as our featured report, further below.
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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business
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The following is the media release from the Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. It will be followed by an MHProNews analysis and commentary.
Change Iowa’s manufactured home laws, Miller urges
Legislators have opportunity to help residents as complaints increase
The complaints from home owners living in manufactured-home parks have spiked in the last year.
Consumers have reported rent increases of up to 69 percent; utility fees that exceed the landlords’ actual costs for service; arbitrary fees and fines that raise their costs even more; lack of clear title to their manufactured homes; being forced to move for no reason and then losing their homes; and other problems.
Concerns have grown as out-of-state corporations have purchased manufactured-home parks in several communities and drastically increased rent and fees. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division worked with lawmakers last session to propose new protections, but the bills stalled. In December, residents and advocates packed a public hearing at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to change Iowa’s manufactured-home laws.
“For years, our office has been a lone voice raising concerns about abuses to manufactured-home owners,” said Attorney General Tom Miller. “Our ask to lawmakers is simple: Iowa law should recognize that these consumers own actual homes and treat manufactured-home park residents as equal to apartment tenants, if not better.”
Miller’s office recommends several changes to Iowa Code Chapter 562B and other laws to strengthen protections for manufactured-home residents. The office asks legislators to:
- Limit rent increases to only once each year, and set a cap on the percentage increase in annual rent. Increase the notice period for a rent increase to 180 days (from the current 60 days).
- Add a “cause” requirement for termination of manufactured-home park lease. Amend the law so that a landlord may terminate tenancy only if there is a: a) material noncompliance with the rental agreement, b) material violation of the park rules or regulations, c) other violation of Chapter 562B for which termination is a remedy, d) legitimate and material business reason the impact of which is not specific to only one tenant, or e) change in the use of the manufactured-home park land, but only if the tenant’s initial lease warned that a possible change in the use of the land could be grounds for termination or nonrenewal.
- Increase manufactured-home park tenants’ rights under the law preventing retaliation by landlords so that it matches the rights of residential tenants.
- Give the attorney general the authority to protect home owners by enforcing the Manufactured or Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Law in Iowa Code Chapter 562B.
- Prevent a landlord from charging a tenant more than the actual cost of any utility service. Failure to pay utility fees that are in excess of the service’s actual cost should not be grounds for eviction.
- Require landlord to give park tenants the option to purchase the manufactured-home park before selling it for any use.
- Give manufactured-home tenants the same ability to fix an issue when the landlord fails to maintain the property as the residential tenant has under Iowa law. Consider allowing a group of tenants to join together so that they can address larger issues in the park, such as roads or water delivery.
- Increase manufactured home park tenant rights regarding eviction to match those of residential tenants.
- Amend the Manufactured Housing Fund Program to provide money for tenants to purchase a park from a landlord, and for use in homes not sited in a manufactured-home park.
“We thank the lawmakers from both parties who have already shown a sincere concern for these consumers and are working for legislation that would be fair for both manufactured-home owners and good landlords,” Miller said.
If you’re considering buying a manufactured home, learn about your rights under Iowa law. Here is a guide from Iowa Legal Aid.
You should also understand the financial disadvantages: While the home itself may be less expensive than a traditional home, the manufactured home’s value will quickly drop in value. In addition, financing a manufactured home purchase is more expensive. Although known as “mobile homes,” most manufactured homes are not movable for financial or physical reasons. If located in a park, the home can be expensive to move and difficult to resell. Although you might own your home, your options are limited if you are evicted or you choose to leave the park.
Some other tips to consider before buying:
Investigate the history of park and its owners. Talk to current tenants about conditions. To see whether a landlord has evicted tenants or sued them for money (or been sued by them), go to: www.iowacourts.state.ia.us
Ask for a written annual lease. Correspond in writing with the landlord for all communications.
Determine the cost of utilities. Is in included in rent, does the lot have a separate meter, or is the park master metered? Do the fees reflect the actual cost of service?
If the manufactured home is used, have it inspected. Make sure that it is wired and plumbed to current standards and that there are no structural issues with the frame or flooring. If you are purchasing a home that is already in a park, make sure that it was properly installed.
How to file a complaint
To file a complaint, go here or call 515-281-5926 (in Des Moines area) or 888-777-4590 (outside the metro area).
First, lets acknowledge that the larger players have calmly stated during investor calls that they are prepared for rent control or other issues. See that prior report, linked below.
Second, the above acknowledged, there is arguably a pattern of activity that traces back to members of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Given the growing firestorm of complaints, that MHProNews periodically pointed out were often tied to firms that were MHI members, MHI issued a new Code of Ethical Conduct. It said in part:
“Members agree to engage in conduct and actions that promote and enhance the public image of manufactured housing and land lease manufactured housing communities.
Members agree to promote positive customer and resident relations as an essential responsibility.
Members agree to engage in conduct that respects the interests of customers, residents, vendors, and the general public regarding the manufactured housing industry and manufactured housing community lifestyle…”
“… Members agree to be bound by this NCC Code of Ethics, as well as the MHI Bylaws, as a condition of membership.
If it is determined that a Member is not acting in accordance to this NCC Code of Ethics, a Member may be expelled from NCC and MHI membership pursuant to NCC Operating Procedures Section 5 and Article II, Section 5 of the MHI Bylaws.”
That the document was produced in the first place is a cautionary tale.
This press release by AG Miller follows in the wake of our recent report that made the point that complaints, legal, regulatory and legislative initiatives are growing. Rephrased, it confirms what our sources and research stated in the report linked below.
This is obliquely related to the regulatory barriers that have arisen for manufactured homes and communities. With such an ongoing parade of bad news about manufactured home communities, often from association member firms, why would local zoning board want that in their cities or towns? All of that has blowback impact on each sector of the manufactured housing industry. That’s just applied logic.
See the related reports that follow.
Time Sensitive Reading = Consumers, Nonprofit Advocacy, Manufactured Home Professional Comments on HUD-White House RFI Reducing Regulatory Barriers, plus Manufactured Housing Headline Reports 1.19 to 1.26.2020
Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.
- NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
- NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
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