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AMHRO’s Jim Demitrus Serving HUD

Jim’s Report from HUD

2014 Top Complaints Reported to OMHC

NMHOA (National Manufactured Home Owners Association)

Fighting For Home/Land Security and Equity for All 

Consumer Concerns 

Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

Importance of a Sales Contract

Promote AMHRO

Get Involved

Get organized

By-laws?

Changes?

 

AMHRO’s Jim Demitrus Serving HUD

  Jim was recently reappointed again to serve all manufactured home residents on the HUD’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. Jim’s heart is for the safety of all residents. Specifically, his real passion is concerning the actual construction of a home.  HUD’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee in Washington, DC was established in 2000.

  This Committee advises HUD’s Secretary regarding manufactured housing construction and safety standards. The Committee also provides advice on federal procedural and enforcement regulations for manufactured housing on a national level.

 

Jim’s Report from HUD

   I think that each item used in housing should be debated as to its merit and appropriateness for our housing.  Some of the shortcomings of our homes may be traced back to not enough discussion on merits.

   There was a discussion on the definition of a manufactured home vs an RV or not a MH. HUD uses the 400 square foot rule, everything over 400 sq. ft. is a manufactured home. I believe this is too simplistic, because the home builders are manufacturing RV's and other buildings that are blurring the line.

    In February, there is a MHCC conference call to discuss "multi-family" housing.  HUD describes manufactured housing as a single family dwelling.  We may have to drop the family definition. Government can't control who lives together or why!  HUD states it wants to provide safe housing.  To complicate things, home builders are meeting market demands for many types of homes, even designing dormitories with multiple bedrooms, baths, laundries and kitchens, then asking for approval as a multi-family home.  Should the MHCC oversee all types of factory built housing?

 

2014 Top Complaints Reported to OMHC

!.  Water Issues

2. Pot holes in community streets

3. Solid waste

4. Solid waste/trash around homes

5. Sewage

6. Frozen water lines in winter

7. Electrical issues

 

NMHOA (National Manufactured Home Owners Association)

AMHRO is proud to say that we are a member of NMHOA. You can find more information on NMHOA by going to www.NMHOA.org, emailing their Executive Director at ishbel@nmhoa.org or their President Tim Sheahan at  tpsheahan@cox.net.

 

Fighting For Home/Land Security and Equity For All  from NMHOA website

NMHOA is governed by people like you, who also own homes in manufactured home communities. We understand the precarious nature of owning a home on someone else’s land and the value of solidarity in protecting our rights, whether in an individual community or in uniting homeowners from across the country. We maintain a direct communication network among state homeowner advocacy groups and serve as your voice at the national level, with the help of several powerful partner organizations who support our mission.

  Our Board of Directors recently adopted a new slogan, “Fighting For Home/Land Security and Equity For All”, which we feel encapsulates the challenges we often face in manufactured home communities. Using the term “Home/Land Security” refers to our goal of ensuring that conditions don’t dramatically change for vulnerable homeowners after investing in their communities. Whether due to threat of unfair conversion from “senior” status to all-age, unfair eviction or loss of homes due to closure of communities, homeowners deserve peace of mind and security in knowing they will have the opportunity to “age in place” rather than being displaced. In some respects, there is also a parallel meaning to the better-known term “homeland security” in that many of our counterparts are unfairly subjected to insidious forms of economic and psychological terrorism by community owners and managers, which can take a devastating toll on one’s health and well-being. “Equity For All” reflects our feeling that a partnership exists between homeowners and land owners in manufactured home communities and homeowners deserve to have the equity in their investments protected and to be treated equitably.” Tim Sheahan

 

Consumer Concerns  from NMHOA website

The National Manufactured Home Owners Association

(NMHOA) is interested in hearing from people who have recently purchased manufactured/mobile homes. We would like to hear about the process you had to go through to get financing; what did your loan package look like; and what has been your experience since getting the loan – has it stretched you financially, are you worried you might lose your home through repossession/foreclosure; and what were you told when you signed the paperwork to purchase your home. Please email NMHOA Executive Director, Ishbel Dickens, at: ishbel@nmhoa.org with your home purchase experience. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Carbon Monoxide in your Home  from NMHOA website

The following article was posted on the NMHOA website previously and now that they have a Spanish translation (thanks to Amelia Odeen, community organizer with AMHO in Washington State) the NMHOA Editorial Board decided it was worth reprinting here in both English and Spanish.

  As the weather continues to be cold, you may be using your furnace more, please be aware of some possible hazards. Thomas Rodgers has long been campaigning to educate manufactured home owners about the invisible danger some of you might be experiencing if the air intake and furnace exhaust systems in your home are located too close together on the roof.

  The standard distance for most residential structures is 10’ but in some manufactured homes the distance between intake and exhaust is only 3’ and therefore depending on the wind direction you could end up breathing in stale air, including carbon monoxide.

Thomas has put together a website highlighting the possible dangers:  ww.gassingamerica.com

  Please be aware that some of the content of this site is disturbing. However, Mr. Rodgers’ message is getting out and indeed the Government Accountability Office recently produced a report as a result of his persistence on the issue: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-52

  Please ensure your home is safe and equip it with both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. (Many thanks to Amelia Odeen, Community Organizer at the Association of Manufactured Home Owners (AMHO) in Washington for translating this article into Spanish.)

Monóxido de Carbono en su Casa from NMHOA website

   A medida que continúa el clima frío, quizás usted está usando el calefactor mas, por favor sea consciente de algunos peligros posibles. Por mucho tiempo Thomas Rodgers ha hecho campaña para educar propietarios de casas manufacturadas sobre los peligros invisibles que existen en la casa si los sistemas de admisión y extracción de aire fueron colocados demasiado cerca juntos en el techo. Es posible que los peligros existan en su casa y no lo sabe.

   La distancia estándar para la mayoría de estructuras residenciales es 10’ pero en algunas casas manufacturadas la distancia entre admisión y extracción de aire es solamente 3’ y por lo tanto, dependiendo en la dirección del viento usted podría inhalar aire viciado, incluyendo monóxido de carbono. Thomas ha creado un sitio web que destaca los posibles peligros: www.gassingamerica.com.

   Por favor tenga en cuenta que hay contenido en este sitio que es perturbador. 5 Sin embargo, el mensaje de Senior Rodgers está ganando atención. La Government Accountability Office (Oficina deRendición de Cuentas del Gobierno de los EE.UU.) recién ha producido un informe sobre este tema como resultado de lapersistencia de Tom Rodgers: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-52

   Asegúrese de que su casa es segura, equípala con detectores de humo y monóxido de carbono.

The Importance of a Sales Contract

The seller, upon execution of the contract and before the delivery of the manufactured or mobile home, shall deliver to the buyer a copy of the sales contract that shall clearly describe all of the following:

·         The home sold to the buyer, including where applicable , the identification number;

·         The sales price of the home, and, if applicable, the amount paid down by the buyer;

·         The amount credited to the buyer for any trade-in and a description thereof;

·         The amount of finance charge;

·         The amount charged for any home insurance and a statement of the types of insurance provided by the policy or policies;

·         The amount of any other charge and a specification of its purpose;

·         The net balance of payment due from the buyer including the terms of the payment of the net balance.

(See Ohio Revised Code 4781.24)

 

Promote AMHRO

AMHRO depends on you to meet and talk with people who AMHRO Officers will never meet or talk to unless they know about AMHRO. We need your help. We depend on you.

 

Get Involved

Talk to your friends and neighbors in your community. Ask if they've ever heard of AMHRO before. Inquire about any problems they may have and may be afraid to ask the landlord or manager about. We've been your champion for over 6 years now.

 

By discussing any issues at your community among yourselves, you may learn there are even more serious problems that possibly require intervention. The phone call costs you nothing and you may have a fortune in help available to you.

Read all you can. Learn what may be facing you and what you can do to prevent it. Chances are we've already done it before and can help you. You may be unaware that even without being a member, you may have benefited from AMHRO’s help.

 

Learn how to start your own association in your community without fear of reprisal from the landlord or manager.

 

Get Organized!

It’s a new year – are you organized? I’m talking about your manufactured home community. Is your neighborhood ready to take on issues as a group, or are the residents isolated from each other or divided into factions?

 

Now is the time to come together, to let go of old disagreements, and forge ahead in to a functional, communicative resident group.....a group that can work together to identify concerns and issues in the community and work with management to correct or improve

Issues.

 

A group that is organized with elected leadership that follows a code of expectations set by the membership, will be ready to address whatever issues arise, including the sale of the community.

 

We are seeing residents scramble to organize themselves once a notice is served that a manufactured home park is for sale or may be sold. It is, for all practical purposes, too late at that point to prevent the sale and have any hope of purchasing the park as a co-op or exploring the possibility of a non-profit organization purchasing and managing the park.

 

To be prepared for the bigger issues, residents must organize themselves into a resident association now. It is now that residents need to start talking with each other and distributing informative flyers about forming a resident association. At the park-wide meeting, talk about what is going on in manufactured home communities, not only around the nation, but also in Ohio and in your own community. Stress the need to organize a resident association.

 

Assign several volunteers to research issues residents are concerned with. Look at what is going on with other parks and report those findings back to the group. Only through a resident association can the homeowners address the issues facing the park, (whether they be big or small) and affect positive change in your community.

 

If you have never organized a group before, the task can seem daunting, but there is help!  The Association of Manufactured Home Residents in Ohio (AMHRO) can work with you to help navigate the process of forming a resident association. We can provide you with materials, guidance, and even meet with your group. AMHRO wants to see your resident association thrive, and will support you with that goal in mind!  There is no time to waste!

 

AMHRO will be glad to meet with you to help or just listen. We are interested in you!

 

AMHRO can help you with sample by-laws you can use as a guide if needed. If you have a question or need, contact Frank for an office appointment.

 

Changes?

Please inform AMHRO when you have a change in snail or e-mail address so we can keep you up-to-date with AMHRO information. You are important to AMHRO.