MHProNews has received a brief from Danny Ghorbani, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which says the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is expanding its in-plant regulation presence, and disrupting the relationship between Primary Inspection Agencies (PIAs), housing manufacturers, and HUD. As printed in The Journal, where MHARR publishes their organization’s monthly column, the changes are being instituted without being presented to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) in violation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. All changes to the role of PIAs inside production facilities and expanded in-plant inspection are supposed to be approved by the MHCC, and based on cost-impact data and justification for making the changes. MHARR maintains that in an industry that has lost 80 percent of it’s production over the last 12 years, more regulation is not the answer. Further, MHARR suggests HUD is starting what could be a dangerous precedent by mandating changes without industry input.
(Graphic image: MHARR)