The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity held a February 1 hearing titled, “Implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.” Witnesses at the hearing generally supported this act’s creation of a Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, which is to advise HUD on manufactured housing construction issues and issues related to manufactured housing regulations.
Ishbel Dickens, a representative of the Manufactured Home Owners Association of America, testified on the constraints manufactured homeowners can face when living in manufactured housing communities owned by a for-profit entity. While manufactured homeowners may purchase the homes themselves, the land on which the homes are placed is rented to the homeowner, giving owners little stability. Ms. Dickens described homeowners in such communities as being at the whim of land owners with a “captive audience,” “since the homeowner, unlike someone renting an apartment, cannot simply up and move when the rent gets too high or the landlord neglects the upkeep in the community.”
The Housing Assistance Council estimates that 34% of manufactured homeowners live in manufactured home communities. According to HAC, among manufactured homes located in manufactured home communities, 80% are owned by their inhabitants. However, only 14% of these residents own the lot on which their owned unit is placed.
Access all hearing testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing at: http://financialservices.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=276486
Access the HAC report, Preserving Affordable Manufactured Home Communities in Rural America: A Case Study, at: www.ruralhome.org/storage/documents/rcbi_manufactured.pdf