Wow! Giving Credit, Interesting – What Rick Robinson, MHI’s General Counsel, Said About Zoning Battles


At MHProNews, its part of our code to present an accurate presentation of a given topic. We also believe in giving credit where it is due. That’s putting the principle of the ‘separating the wheat from the chaff’ to work.

With that in mind, the following is an article from pro-Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) MHInsider written by MHI’s general counsel, Rick Robinson, J.D.

Robinson is not only a good writer; he is an award-winning writer. Give credit where it is due.

The topic Robinson wrote about is zoning. It’s one of the biggest issues that faces the manufactured housing industry. You can download what follows at this link here; or you can read it ‘columnized’ below – you decide. It’s provided under fair use guidelines for media. We’ll be doing an MHProNews review after Robinson’s column.


There is something you should look for as your read the article. In case you miss it, we’ll tell you on the far side. With that introduction, let’s dive in.






MHProNews Analysis, Commentary

Clever.  Well written. But incomplete.

First in fairness, for the purposes of this analysis, let’s say that if you were – for example – a tiny house builder, or some kind of other factory built housing builder, this article may have some useful points.

But for HUD Code manufactured homes, what was missing in Robinsons’ commentary and suggestions?

Two precious words. “Enhanced preemption.”

This article by Robinson is more de facto evidence of what prior MHProNews fact checks, analysis, and commentary has demonstrated. MHI claimed last summer in a message to their members that they have asked HUD Secretary Carson to enforce the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000’s various elements, including a specific call for enforcement of “enhanced preemption.”

Under Pressure, MHI Pivots “HUD Must Implement and Enforce its Enhanced Preemption Authority”

If that was sincere, then why is there no mention of it in this article? Wasn’t Robinson able, as a good writer, to say whatever he wanted to say? Then why isn’t there even a mention of “enhanced preemption” in this recent article by Robinson?  Didn’t he just prove the point made by MHProNews weeks ago in our report, linked below?

Bombshells! Former HUD Manufactured Housing Program Administrator Bill Matchneer, Cavco’s Manuel Santana Statements

Can you spell red herring? A Robinson head fake?

Artful dodge, razzle dazzle, ways of emotionally or otherwise moving the focus away from the actual issue.

One more relevant point, then returning to the main point. If MHI cared about moving the needle on zoning, where are their examples of engaging in battles like the one in Bryan, TX?

Keep in mind that the “enhanced preemption” issue isn’t the only purported head fake by MHI leadership. Keep in mind the years of ‘rope-a-dope’ on Preserving Access? Warren Buffett supported Barack Obama on that bill – in hindsight – were we really supposed to believe that Tim Williams and MHI wanted to change it?

Notice. One can agree with 21st Mortgage CEO and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams’ presentation, from which the slide above was taken with permission, while still questioning how it came to be that Williams was being intellectually at odds with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Warren Buffett. To see all of William’s informative slides, click the graphic above.
Given that MHI’s own SVP for Government Affairs effectively said, ‘this ain’t happening,’ with reard to the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, why did MHI continue to spend years pursing it? Can you spell head fake while the industry continued to consolidate?

We challenged Robinson and other MHI leaders once more to respond to our recent fact checks.


Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, MHVillage, Manufactured Housing Institute Leaders Challenged

Failure to deal with zoning, placement, or Duty to Serve – among image, media, or other issues – has caused manufactured housing to be in a 11 out of 12 month year-over-year decline. Who does that help?

Clayton Homes Exposé – Wall Street Journal, MHVillage, MHInsider, and Statistical Surveys Contradict Clayton Claims – Evidence, Fact Check, Analysis

MHI does respond to us, but they do so indirectly. What’s ironic is that far more people will read this article by Robinson here on MHProNews than ever read it on MHInsider, per their own data. They should be embarrassed, shouldn’t they, for making misleading claims and attempting such head fakes?


The industry’s members are quietly organizing a post-production MHI alternative. Stay tuned.  Note too that we have new documents in hand from recent tips, which will be part of a new expose.

What’s Next For Emerging Pro-Growth Manufactured Home Trade Group?

There is more in the linked reports below for newer or first-time readers, or those who need to refresh themselves on those topics. We value the opportunity to let Robinson show in his own words that MHI’s claim of supporting “enhanced preemption” certainly seems hollow, given that Robinson doesn’t use the words at all in an article on zoning, where they are arguably the most important.

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