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Home Installation Manual Acknowledgement of ReceiptThis is a document that certifies that you, the Buyer, has received all installation manualinformation associated with the purchase of a manufactured or modular home. Full Article for Members Only Click here to access the full article
The federal Fair Housing Act provides quite a few potholes for community managers to avoid. One of the major areas where community managers need to steer carefully is in advertising. HUD regulations can earn you a ticket from the feds based not only on the wording but also the images used in advertising.
The official rules and guidlines relating to satellite dishes and broadcast antennas for owners and operators of manufactured home land/lease communities. Please read, review and dowload to be aware of the FCC regulations for Reception Devices.
This is information on a document by the Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions.
Structural Design Attic Load Requirements Label is now required for modular and manufactured houses according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homes having roof slopes less than 7:12 and do not have an access opening of at least 30 inches x 22 inches, are not designed to be used for storage.
Key Laws Governing the Operation of Manufactured Home Communities in South Carolina. There are two main laws in the SC Code of Laws which impact community operations in our state: The Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act and The SC Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The provisions of the MH Park Tenancy Act prevail in cases […]
Most of the rules governing modular production and sales in SC are found in two locations: The SC Code of Laws & the SC Code of Regulations.
The provisions of these regulations are adopted in implementation of the South Carolina Modular Buildings Construction Act of 1984, Chapter 43 of Title 23 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976 as amended, and are intended to provide uniform standards for modular construction, while preserving and recognizing local governmental responsibility in regard to utilization […]
Manufactured Home Installer Repairers’ and Contractors’ Guide to Licensing, Training and Testing, Set Up Standards and Representing your Company. Learn about important laws and who’s who in state government with this helpful guide.
MHISC has collected information and contacts which may be helpful to manufactured home retailers, communities and other who are seeking to obtain homeowners insurance for their customers along the South Carolina coast. All of the coastal states in the Southeast have seen a tight market in terms of the number of companies writing insurance near […]
Many MH communities have a no-pets policy. Federal law, however, puts some limitations on such policies when a service animal or emotional support animal is involved. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work […]
This checklist for community owned home purchase paperwork is a thorough checklist for purchasing a home that is community-owned including the documents needed to complete the transaction.
What can you expect when a complaint is filed against you? This brochure has been developed by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to help licensees know what to expect when a complaint is filed against them.
Criminal background checks are a common tool for screening potential residents in both manufactured home communities and apartments. Can criminal background checks help improve the quality of our communities and increases the reputation and overall safety of the communities? Many community managers believe allowing applicants with certain criminal backgrounds into the community increases the risk […]
All manufactured homes built after June 15, 1976 are required to have one or more label(s) attached to them: a manufactured home HUD label(s) and a Data Plate/Compliance Certificate. IBTS is the only agency that can provide manufactured home owners, real estate agents, brokers, and other stakeholders with a Label Verification Letter, which can suffice for missing […]
South Carolina’s Manufactured Housing De-titling Statute. The purposes of the bill were to: Satisfy requirements of major national lenders such as Freddie Mac that purchase manufactured home loans. The lenders felt that a new law officially authorizing de-titling was needed. The statute also makes procedures uniform across the state. This should eliminate confusion for our […]
SC DOT has specific guidelines for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles or loads (OSOW) which pertain to manufactured and modular homes. For restrictions, guidelines and more information about these guidelines, please read the document below.
Each manufactured home dealership has a designated authorized official registered with the SC Manufactured Housing Board (SCMHB). The authorized official can be the dealer or another person named by the dealer to run the retail center. South Carolina law requires that authorized officials who are not dealers must have a salesperson’s license.
South Carolina’s sales tax laws are designed to enourage consumeres to buy energy efficient manufactured homes. Consumers often win three ways: less sales tax, lower energy usage and in many cases, special rates from utilities.
South Carolina’s sales tax laws are designed to encourage consumers to buy energy efficient manufactured homes. Consumers often win three ways: less sales tax, lower energy usage and, in some cases, power company incentives.
One attractive incentive involves Energy Star homes. These houses feature highly-effective insulation and high-performance windows, with tight construction but also energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment.
ENERGY STAR Incentives for Manufactured Homebuyers and Dealers. In order for your customers to claim the $750 non-refundable* tax credit on their state tax returns, the following items must be completed:
Amendments to the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act effect owners and managers of manufactured home communities. Under the new amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, manufactured home community owners and managers must prived notification to any manufactured home site rental applicant that was rejected based on the information in the credit report.
Everyone in the business of selling and/or leasing manufactured homes should have written and posted fair housing policies. Such policies not only reduce the risk of suffering the financial loss of a successful fair housing claim, but having them in place is simply good business practice. A good set of policies informs employees of the […]
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 makes it illegal to discriminate in any type of housing based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status. Learn more about the basics of the Fair Housing Act.
Section 804(c) of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3604(c), as amended, makes it unlawful to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published, any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling, that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, […]
Every few years, FEMA requires counties to update their emergency standards to remain eligible for federal emergency assistance. In some counties, additional areas have been designated as flood zones in coastal and near-coastal areas. The designated zones are also known as “High Hazard Areas” or “V Zones.” In Marion County, local regulators have adopted FEMA […]
Sales Tax on Furniture and Appliances Sold with Manufactured Homes. The information below is taken from Section 117-335.4 of regulations issued by the SC Department of Revenue: Examples of Furniture and Appliances that Are Not Taxed Separately from the Home. Items such as disposals, built-in dishwashers, and built-in stoves are considered a part of the […]
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in a recent letter to the industry, has expressed their concerns regarding the attachment of site-built garages to manufactured homes being completed as part of the initial home installation.
This report may be used as a guideline for reporting incidents or rule violations within the community. An incident is defined as an occurrence that negatively impacts the well-being, safety, security and/or general moral conduct of the community.
The Manufactured Home Installation Certificate is to ensure that manufactured homes will be installed in accordance with the installation guidelines of the manufacturer and the installation standards of the SC Manufactured Housing Board, S.C. CODE 40-29-350 and S.C. REG. 79-42.
Under federal regulations, persons selling or renting a pre-1978 home must follow and provide special disclosures regarding lead-based paint hazards. There is a pamphlet and disclosure form which must be provided.
Lending Legislation. The Dodd-Frank Act Significant changes for Retailers in 2014 The U.S. Congress in Washington passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. This massive new law is causing major changes related to the way financing is done in pretty much every industry. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has now finalized their rules on […]
Local sales and use taxes that are administered and collected by the Department of behalf of local jurisdictions do not apply to manufactured homes. They are taxed separately from the home at 5%, plus any applicable local sales and use tax, of their sales price less any trade-in allowed.
Regulations issued by the SC Manufactured Housing Board (SCMHB) require: All manufactured homes stored on dealership lots shall be installed to such degree as to not allow damage to occur while the home is on display.
The SC General Assembly approved new regulations for the SC Manufactured Housing Board in May, 2019. The regulations add more detail and specifics to the provisions in the SC Code of Laws dealing with manufactured housing. A major section of the regulations deals with installation.
Model application for manufactured housing
Many MHISC community managers have contacted us about sample documents to use for their community. Attached is a sample rental agreement that you can use in drafting your own rental agreement. This is a “boilerplate” form that reflects many common provisions in rental agreements or leases, and you may wish to use it as a […]
It is Management’s desire to provide the best living environment possible for our Tenants. These Rules and Regulations are part of your lease agreement. This document contains a sample of community rules and regulations for manufactured home communities.
Modular and site-built homes are built to the South Carolina version of the 2018 International Residential Code. That edition of the IRC went into effect in South Carolina January, 2020.
Manufactured home dealers, salespersons, contractors and manufacturers are licensed by the SC Manufactured Housing Board, a state agency.The agency also provides forms for renewals, show permits, bonding and installation certification.
The 2018 edition of the International Residential Code went into effect January 2020. MHISC has worked with the SC Building Code Council (SCBCC) in Columbia to make it more cost-effective to build “tiny homes” in a modular format.
This is a sample document of a Notice of Termination of a Rental Agreement for a manufactured housing community. This is useful for owners of communities.
Here is a sample document of a notice to collect past due rent and other charges for tenants of a manufactured housing community.
South Carolina law requires that manufactured home retailers maintain certain records. Inspectors from the SC Manufactured Housing Board do occasionally audit retailers to see if the proper records are present.Below is a list of the records you should be maintaining in your files.
GUIDELINES FOR MOVEMENT OVER SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAYS OF OVERSIZE AND OVERWEIGHT (OSOW) VEHICLES AND LOADS Printed below are guidelines from the SC Department of Transportation pertaining to oversize and overweight vehicles and loads. Several section pertaining to manufactured and modular homes are highlighted but the Guidelines in general pertain to manufactured and modular homes unless otherwise indicated. […]
Here is a sample document of a notice to collect past due rent and other charges for tenants of a manufactured housing community.
After several delays, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will begin enforcement of the Red Flags Rule on December 31, 2010. The FTC issued regulations (the Red Flags Rule) on November 9, 2007 requiring financial institutions and creditors to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions […]
South Carolina law requires that manufactured homes be registered with both the stateand local governments. The state registration requirement is fulfilled when you apply for a title for a new home.This is a mandatory step with any new or used home. To register for a title for your home, you will need to go to […]
Manufacturer’s place serial numbers on all manufactured homes. These numbers are located on either bedroom or kitchen closet doors, kitchen drawers, or the tongue, (the pulling device) and also will be listed on the Bill of Sale or original Certificate of Origin. This number is needed to obtain a duplicate title from the Department of […]
SC Law Guarantees the Placement of Modular Homes After Building Code Change Display models are an excellent sales tool for the modular home industry. The homes are sold and moved to the home site as a permanent residence. Modular homes are built to a specific edition of the International Residential Code. Typically a new edition […]
The modular home sales tax is 50% of the “gross proceeds of sales. That term is defined in Code Section 12-36-2120(34) as: the manufacturer’s net invoice price of the modular home sold, including all accessories built in to the modular home at the time of delivery to the purchaser and not including freight or deposit […]
This is a sample letter to inform tenants that their application to rent/occupy the manufactured home community was not approved for one or more reasons. Use this letter as a formal communication to the applicant.
This is a sample notice to resident or residents of termination of the rental agreement based on the second notice of material violation.
This is a sample letter requesting a tenant to complete an incident report based on a complaint about a neighbor in the community. This ensures that all complaints are kept confidential and organized.
This document helps maintain safety for showing a home, property improvements and preventing a robbery in a manufactured home retail center. Security is the main priority for the person showing the home.
Communities’ Pet Policies Have to Comply with Federal Rules Many MH communities have a no-pets policy. Federal law, however, puts some limitations on such policies when a service animal or emotional support animal is involved. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as This […]
As Required by S.C. Code Section 40-29-340, a previously-owned manufactured home must have at least two functioning smoke detectors. Under this state law, the buyer and seller of this home must also certify that there are at least two functioning smoke detectors in the home.
Here is the South Carolina law dealing with smoke detectors in rental units such as apartments and homes rented in a manufactured home rental community. The document is not intended as legal advice; please consult with your legal counsel regarding other possible sections of the law that may pertain to your company.
Most of the guidelines for preparing a manufactured home for a tropical storm are the same as for other houses. Here are some additional tips issued by the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC), the association representing housing communities, as well as the companies that build and install the homes.
This document contains the regulations governing the condition of used manufactured homes sold in the state of South Carolina.
This document is a sample of a warranty notice is a home is moved from the installation site, the warranty does not apply to a defect or damage caused by the move.
Dealing with Complaints Even the best retailer, salesperson, manufacturer or contractor can find themselves the subject of a complaint filed with the SC Manufactured Housing Board. Understanding how the system works can make a difference. Here’s an unofficial overview of the process and a few helpful tips.
This document is a sample of wheel and axle statement that states that wheel and axles are seperate, temporary attached quipemnt used for the purpose of moving a home to its installation location only.
This document is a sample of a Wheel/Axles/Hitch acknowledgment form stating that the wheel, axles, and hitch are the property of the delivery company and not the manufactured home owner.
South Carolina is divided into two wind zones for manufactured homes. Zone II includes nine coastal counties: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg.
Wind Zones in SC South Carolina is divided into two wind zones for manufactured homes. Zone II includes nine coastal counties: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg. The other 37 counties are Wind Zone I. Each manufactured home is designated Zone I, Zone II and Zone III. On new homes, the […]
The Consumer must provide a form from SC DHEC to the dealer that the property on which the manufactured home is to be placed meets or can be made to meet DHEC regulations governing wells or septic tanks or both if the manufactured home is to be served by well, septic tank, or both.