OMHA & AMHRO Fight HB49

PRESS RELEASE

Ohio Manufactured Homes Association and the Association of Manufactured Home Residents of Ohio Fight to Keep the State of Ohio Manufactured Home Commission

Kasich Administration proposal will compromise homeowner safety while increasing costs.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ohio Manufactured Homes Association
Phone: (614) 799-2340
Fax: 614-799-0616

 

Dublin, Ohio – April 12, 2017  –  Recently introduced legislative language in the State of Ohio Budget Bill (HB 49) would abolish the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (MH Commission).  The Ohio Department of Commerce would assume regulation and break up and bury the program in various layers of bureaucracy at a significantly higher cost.

In recent years the Ohio General Assembly consolidated all regulation of home installations & inspections, dispute resolution, sales licensing, and manufactured home park regulation under the MH Commission. The Ohio MH Commission is an independent agency with a small staff.

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) comprised of 500 manufactured home businesses and the Association of Manufactured Home Residents of Ohio (AMHRO) representing homeowners and residents oppose the Administration’s proposal to abolish the MH Commission. The two organizations heralded the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission’s demonstrated record of providing superior homeowner safety while operating in a fiscally responsible manner.

The MH Commission conducts 100% inspections of all new and previously owned manufactured home installations resulting in less than 10 complaints in the last three years. 23,000 home installations occurred in the last decade. Prior to the Commission’s existence 500 -800 improper home installation complaints occurred annually.

The MH Commission has consistently operated under its budget, returning hundreds of thousands of dollars back to Ohio taxpayers. Homeowner and business fees are being reduced by over $1 million dollars.

The Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate President each appoint three members to the nine member uncompensated Board of Commissioners. The Governor appoints the remaining three seats on the Commission. However, the Governor has failed to appoint a manufactured home resident for two years and for the better part of five years has left the health safety official seat empty. Both appointments are required by law. This has denied manufactured home residents and health officials a voice in regulatory issues, which is vital to the MH Commission’s work.

In recent written testimony before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee, the Association of Manufactured Home Residents of Ohio (AMHRO) cited the MH Commission’s superior commitment to the safety and affordability for manufactured home residents. Resident association (AMHRO) President Frank Pojman stated: “AMHRO’s view has not wavered in its support of the MH Commission. I urge any of your Committee to review agendas and minutes of the MH Commission meetings, to see the all-important issues that are discussed, for the benefits and safety of manufactured homeowners.”

Ohio Manufactured Homes Association Executive Director Tim Williams said, “The Swamp has risen up against our residents and industry. OMHA and AMHRO have united on behalf of our residents and businesses to oppose the Administration’s costly request for 30% more spending authority to conduct the same program as the MH Commission. Incredibly, the Administration (Ohio Department of Commerce) not only wants more money but proposes drastic reductions from the 100% home installation safety inspections conducted today by the MH Commission. The Administration’s proposed “periodic” home inspections will jeopardize the safety of our homeowners and residents.”

In recent weeks, Administration officials have issued a number of misleading statements attacking the MH Commission, residents and the industry. Williams added, “This is a classic case of government bureaucracy diminishing public trust with misinformation designed to expand bureaucratic control and power. Our industry and residents strongly believe maintaining the independent Ohio MH Commission under present law will best protect manufactured home affordability and safety for our 900,000 Ohio residents. If it isn’t broke why fix it.”

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VIDEO OF TESTIMONY  (scroll down to 5:06.30 and further for Tim Williams, Evan Atkinson, Rick Robinson)

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