The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) tells MHProNews one time OMHA director Dan Rolfes suggested over ten years ago that all aspects of MH industry rules and regulations should be under one roof. On May 23, 2012, the Ohio General Assembly voted to establish – and the governor signed into law – the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) to regulate and enforce all aspects of manufactured housing from top to bottom—licensing of dealers, fines, MH community regulations, inspections, board of health reviews, consumer protection, etc.. The commission is governed by a nine-member body, six of whom are required by law to have been approved by OMHA. Tim Williams, executive vice-president of OMHA, while offering thanks to legislators and governors of both parties over the years to reach this goal, says, “The license fees may be lowered by as much as 20 percent under current draft fee schedules subject to OHMC’s continued review. Regulation for affordable manufactured home ownership in Ohio MH communities will be reasonable and balanced while maintaining homeowner safety and affordability. The full benefits of this historical effort will be seen in the coming months and years.” Some rules will not come under the umbrella until Dec. 2012. To learn more about this major OMHA’s initiative, please click on this link.
(Photo credit: Ohio Manufactured Homes Association–Tim Williams)