Sometimes when my older relatives retire, they sell their home and purchase a nice RV motor home. Instead of living in the same house, they want to use their “golden years” to see as much of the United States as possible.
They see all the tourist sites you could imagine, and they are loving life!
On the other end of the spectrum, some people who are down on their luck in the Obama economy have had their homes foreclosed. Instead of renting or counting on the government, they buy a RV to live in while they work hard and make ends meet, without the burden of a mortage. I salute them.
But now, President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office wants to make it illegal to live this way!
Here is the proposed law Obama’s HUD is proposing. This is horrible…
This proposed rule would modify the current exemption for recreational vehicles in the Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations. Under the current exemption, questions have arisen regarding whether park model recreational vehicles are regulated by HUD’s manufactured home program. These park models are being produced with patio roofs, screened in porches, and other extensions that exceed the 400 square foot maximum exemption in the current regulations. Additionally, some of these models are being marketed as suitable for year round living. HUD’s proposed rule would permit recreational vehicle manufactures to certify that a unit is exempted from HUD’s regulations. Specifically, HUD’s proposed rule would define a recreational vehicle as a factory build vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy, and built and certified in accordance with either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192-2015, Standard for Recreational Vehicles, or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5-15, Recreational Park Trailer Standard. In addition, to provide consumers notice regarding the manufacturing standards used to construct the unit, HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and states that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling.
HUD is claiming it’s about safety and suitability for living. But this is really about making sure citizens own a property to pay taxes on.
But I believe if you’re paying your own way (not living on welfare) and you’re not bothering anyone… you should be allowed to live as you wish!
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