Bill Negatively Impacting Manufactured Home Community Owner-Operators Dies

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For the third consecutive year, the bill (HF833/HF442) that would negatively impact landlord-owners of manufactured home communities as described in a previous post, has failed.

Today is Iowa’s second funnel week deadline, meaning that proposed bills must pass through a committee in the non-originating chamber by today to stay alive, although amendments can always be added to bills that survived the funnel and Ways and Means bills can be considered throughout the legislative session. HF833/HF442 has not passed through the House or Senate, meaning the bill has failed.

General counsel for the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, landlord attorney Jodie McDougal, stated in today’s Des Moines Register article: “As drafted, the bill includes unclear and contradictory provisions and fails to acknowledge the practical and financial realities of owning and managing a manufactured housing community."

Finally, it should be noted that lawmakers have attempted to amend a separate, unrelated bill, SF469, a non-conforming use bill related to the industry, with the content of HF833/HF442. Ultimately, we anticipate such an amendment attempt will be unsuccessful.

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