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Manufactured Housing Community License Renewals Due by June 30, 2020


The Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) mailed license renewals to mhc owners in early May. This is a 2 year license and billed in even numbered years. A new 2020 license will be sent to you when DSPS receives your payment. To avoid an $80 late fee, payments must be received by June 30, 2020. The renewal form asks for your Community ID (license).  This can be found at DSPS’ website under Credentialing. DSPS has a new eSLA system where they say you can pay your renewal fees online. The online payment system allows you to pay [...]

Manufactured Housing Community License Renewals Due by June 30, 20202020-05-15T15:55:43-05:00

WI Supreme Court Strikes Down Safer at Home Order


By Executive Director, Amy Bliss The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a 4-3 decision in Legislature v. Palm, the Department of Health Services’ (DHS) “Safer at Home” order unenforceable and immediately striking down the order. The court held that the Safer at Home order is a “rule” that was required to go through statutory rulemaking processes and that the order exceeds DHS’s authority under Wisconsin’s pandemic statutes. Though the statewide order has been struck down, Dane County and Milwaukee have already announced they will continue to enforce shelter-in-place guidelines. This trend might continue with other cities or counties if they have their own health departments. According to [...]

WI Supreme Court Strikes Down Safer at Home Order2020-05-15T15:50:55-05:00

Governor Announces Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses


On May 8th, Governor Evers announced that businesses looking to keep workers, customers, and families safe while reopening can now draw on a series of publications to keep them informed of best practices and safety tips. The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow so employees and customers feel confident when they do return, as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers and other fields. The guides were developed by the WI Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in consultation with the Departments of Health Services, Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Tourism, as well as other [...]

Governor Announces Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses2020-05-15T15:47:09-05:00

WHA Members Participating in Insurance Program Receive $134,000 in Dividends


By Jennifer Becker of The Horton Group Since 1983, the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (and its predecessor associations) have endorsed an insurance program underwritten by EMC Insurance Companies as a benefit available to Retail Division and Community members.  The menu of policies and coverages in the program are designed to address the property and liability insurance needs of these member entities.  The program is marketed and serviced by agents of The Horton Group. At the end of March, the Wisconsin Housing Alliance, EMC & The Horton Group were pleased to distribute to participating members a Safety Group dividend totaling $134,478.  This [...]

WHA Members Participating in Insurance Program Receive $134,000 in Dividends2020-04-14T12:26:42-05:00

A Deep Dive Into Governor Evers’ Emergency Order #15 – Temporary Ban on Evictions and Foreclosures


By Attorney Tristan Pettit My office has received a lot of questions about Governor Evers’ Emergency Order regarding a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures in the last few days. There appears to be a lot of misunderstanding or confusion over the Order so I will attempt to clarify the Order and answer many of the questions that I have received. First off, it is important to keep in mind that all we know for certain is what the Order says.  If the Order doesn’t state something or doesn’t even address the topic then we do not know for certain.  [...]

A Deep Dive Into Governor Evers’ Emergency Order #15 – Temporary Ban on Evictions and Foreclosures2020-04-14T12:24:03-05:00

COVID-19—Guidance for the Industry in WI


By Executive Director, Amy Bliss As if worrying about catching COVID-19 is not enough to frighten us, everyone is worried about how this is affecting their business.  I know we have inundated everyone with multiple emails per day, but I’d rather overcommunicate than not give you enough information.  Below is a summary of critical information for each industry segment that may have already been communicated but is important to reiterate. For All Members The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as [...]

COVID-19—Guidance for the Industry in WI2020-04-14T12:15:52-05:00

Important Notices from HUD, Part 1 of 2


By Mark Conte of Manufactured Housing Compliance Services The US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) published two notices in the January 31, 2020 Federal Register. This post will provide a brief overview of one of these two notices; the final rule announcing changes to the Formaldehyde/Health Notice requirement. While the final rule has several elements, I think there are two big takeaways for manufactured home installers and retailers: 1. The data plate inside the home will start including a note that the manufactured home is compliant with the Title VI, Toxic Substances Control Act. 2. Section 3280.309 of the Manufactured [...]

Important Notices from HUD, Part 1 of 22020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00

Updates to the HUD Code


MHI joined HUD Secretary Ben Carson as he announced updates to the HUD Code and released the final rule on formaldehyde emissions for manufactured homes. The announcements were made following his tour of Clayton’s Southern Homes manufactured home facility in Russellville, Alabama with state Governor Kay Ivey. MHI has been calling for these important updates and the announcement demonstrates that MHI’s advocacy efforts are resulting in impactful and tangible actions by HUD to improve the regulation of manufactured housing. The changes to the HUD Code proposed include removing the requirement for manufacturers to follow the Alternative Construction (AC) approval process for [...]

Updates to the HUD Code2020-02-11T00:00:00-06:00

HUD’s Assistance Animal Guidance Memo Fails to Provide Much Clarity


HUD Issues It's Guidance Memo Regarding How to Evaluate a Tenant/Applicant's Request for an Assistance Animal But Fails to Provide Much Clarity By Tristan R. Pettit On January 28, 2020 HUD published its Memorandum/Notice on how best to assess a tenant/applicant’s request to keep an assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act. You can find the entire memorandum here. HUD had been promising for months to publish a notice/memorandum that would provide landlords with some clarity when it came to health care provider letters purchased online to support a tenant’s request to keep an assistance animal.  [...]

HUD’s Assistance Animal Guidance Memo Fails to Provide Much Clarity2020-01-31T00:00:00-06:00

Manufactured and Modular Housing in WI Has Annual Economic Impact of More Than $2.65B


Manufactured and modular home manufacturing, retail and servicers, and park residents support 26,063 jobs in Wisconsin [Madison, WI] – [January 14, 2020] – A new report issued by the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) demonstrates the vast economic impact of manufactured and modular housing in Wisconsin. According to the report, three sectors of the manufactured and modular housing industry: manufacturing, retail and servicers and park residents, generate more than $2.65 billion and 26,063 jobs in Wisconsin annually. Developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Fiscal & Economic Research Center, the report shows that manufactured home manufacturing has an $185.9 million [...]

Manufactured and Modular Housing in WI Has Annual Economic Impact of More Than $2.65B2020-01-14T00:00:00-06:00
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