Legislative Update

Language to Preserve Lending for Manufactured Housing Passes House Appropriations Committee

Legislative language that would preserve lending for manufactured homes cleared another important hurdle, passing the House Appropriations Committee.

In March, Rep. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., along with 32 other members of the House, sent a letter to the appropriations committee imploring lawmakers to remove manufactured housing as a class from the increased protections designed by the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau.

“Since the CFPB’s Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (‘high-cost’) rules consider costs as a percentage of a loan, smaller loans, like manufactured home loans, often violate points and fee caps,” the letter stated. “Because of the resulting high-cost designation, many lenders have stopped making manufactured housing loans. It is crucial that the definition of high-cost loans is modified so that manufactured housing loans are not unfairly swept under the high-cost designation simply due to their size.”

Census data shows that nearly 20 million people in the U.S. live in manufactured homes.

The bill, H.R. 1699 – “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing”, resides in $20.2 billion Financial Services Appropriations bill that provides annual funding structure for the departments of Treasury and Judiciary, the IRS, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other related agencies.

The language will need to pass the full House before moving to the Senate and White House before coming law.

In a prepared statement, the Manufactured Housing Institute offered its support of the efforts.

“The successful inclusion of the language demonstrates positive momentum and follows inclusion of the language in the Financial CHOICE Act, financial reform legislation that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month,” the statement read in part.

MHI is the national trade organization representing the factory-built housing industry.

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