Modular Homes may be Regulated Again

According to tampabay, the Hernando County Commissioners meeting in Brooksville, Fla. are considering reinstating an ordinance similar to one originally passed in 2000 that required homes in single-family residential neighborhoods to look the same. The ordinance was eliminated in 2010 because it was an unnecessary regulation that necessitated too much staff time. It set rules for appearance, roof pitch, foundation, and size and at times required inspectors to compare the home to three nearest structures. It also ended a legal dispute with the modular home industry after neighbors complained a modular home resembled a mobile home. MHProNews has learned proponents of the ordinance at the meeting said the modular homes were de-valuing their own homes and the commissioners had an obligation to help protect their investment. Since the ordinance was repealed, nine new modular homes and one rebuilt one have been permitted. The commissioners unanimously voted to create a new ordinance that would be more streamlined, although any modular homes sited until then will not be affected by the new regulation.

(Photo credit: modular home–Atlantic Bay Homes)

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