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HF 282

1st Division Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/21/2019 08:27am

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underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to housing; modifying provisions related to manufactured and modular
homes; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 326B.815, subdivision 1;
327.31, by adding a subdivision; 327B.041; 327C.095, subdivision 6, by adding
a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 327.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.815, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Fees.

(a) For the purposes of calculating fees under section 326B.092,
an initial or renewed residential contractor, residential remodeler, or residential roofer license
is a business license. Notwithstanding section 326B.092, the licensing fee for manufactured
home installers under section 327B.041 is deleted text begin$300deleted text endnew text begin $180new text end for a three-year period.

(b) All initial and renewal licenses, except for manufactured home installer licenses,
shall be effective for two years and shall expire on March 31 of the year after the year in
which the application is made.

(c) The commissioner shall in a manner determined by the commissioner, without the
need for any rulemaking under chapter 14, phase in the renewal of residential contractor,
residential remodeler, and residential roofer licenses from one year to two years. By June
30, 2011, all renewed residential contractor, residential remodeler, and residential roofer
licenses shall be two-year licenses.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 327.31, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 23. new text end

new text begin Modular home. new text end

new text begin "Modular home" means a building or structural unit of closed
construction that has been substantially manufactured or constructed, in whole or in part,
at an off-site location, with the final assembly occurring on site alone or with other units
and attached to a foundation designed to the State Building Code and occupied as a
single-family dwelling. Modular home construction must comply with applicable standards
adopted in Minnesota Rules, chapter 1360 or 1361.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [327.335] PLACEMENT OF MODULAR HOMES.
new text end

new text begin A modular home may be placed in a manufactured home park as defined in section
327.14, subdivision 3. A modular home placed in a manufactured home park is a
manufactured home for purposes of chapters 327C and 504B and all rights, obligations, and
duties under those chapters apply. A modular home may not be placed in a manufactured
home park without prior written approval of the park owner. Nothing in this section shall
be construed to inhibit the application of zoning, subdivision, architectural, or esthetic
requirements pursuant to chapters 394 and 462 that otherwise apply to manufactured homes
and manufactured home parks. A modular home placed in a manufactured home park under
this section shall be assessed and taxed as a manufactured home.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 327B.041, is amended to read:


327B.041 MANUFACTURED HOME INSTALLERS.

(a) Manufactured home installers are subject to all of the fees in section 326B.092 and
the requirements of sections 326B.802 to 326B.885, except for the following:

(1) manufactured home installers are not subject to the continuing education requirements
of sections 326B.0981, 326B.099, and 326B.821, but are subject to the continuing education
requirements established in rules adopted under section 327B.10;

(2) the examination requirement of section 326B.83, subdivision 3, for manufactured
home installers shall be satisfied by successful completion of a written examination
administered and developed specifically for the examination of manufactured home installers.
The examination must be administered and developed by the commissioner. The
commissioner and the state building official shall seek advice on the grading, monitoring,
and updating of examinations from the Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association;

(3) a local government unit may not place a surcharge on a license fee, and may not
charge a separate fee to installers;

(4) a dealer or distributor who does not install or repair manufactured homes is exempt
from licensure under sections 326B.802 to 326B.885;

(5) the exemption under section 326B.805, subdivision 6, clause (5), does not apply;
and

(6) manufactured home installers are not subject to the contractor recovery fund in
section 326B.89.

(b) The commissioner may waive all or part of the requirements for licensure as a
manufactured home installer for any individual who holds an unexpired license or certificate
issued by any other state or other United States jurisdiction if the licensing requirements of
that jurisdiction meet or exceed the corresponding licensing requirements of the department
and the individual complies with section 326B.092, subdivisions 1 and 3 to 7. deleted text beginFor the
purposes of calculating fees under section 326B.092, licensure as a manufactured home
installer is a business license.
deleted text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 327C.095, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Intent to convert use of park at time of purchase.

Before the execution of
an agreement to purchase a manufactured home park, the purchaser must notify the park
owner, in writing, if the purchaser intends to close the manufactured home park or convert
it to another use within one year of the execution of the agreement. The park owner shall
provide a resident of each manufactured home with a 45-day written notice of the purchaser's
intent to close the park or convert it to another use. The notice must state that the park owner
will provide information on the cash price and the terms and conditions of the purchaser's
offer to residents requesting the information. The notice must be sent by first class mail to
a resident of each manufactured home in the park. The notice period begins on the postmark
date affixed to the notice and ends 45 days after it begins. During the notice period required
in this subdivision, the owners of at least 51 percent of the manufactured homes in the park
or a nonprofit organization which has the written permission of the owners of at least 51
percent of the manufactured homes in the park to represent them in the acquisition of the
park shall have the right to meet the cash price and execute an agreement to purchase the
park for the purposes of keeping the park as a manufactured housing communitynew text begin, provided
that the owners or nonprofit organization will covenant and warrant to the park owner in
the agreement that they will continue to operate the park for not less than six years from
the date of closing
new text end. The park owner must accept the offer if it meets the cash price and the
same terms and conditions set forth in the purchaser's offer except that the seller is not
obligated to provide owner financing. For purposes of this section, cash price means the
cash price offer or equivalent cash offer as defined in section 500.245, subdivision 1,
paragraph (d).

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 327C.095, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Reporting of licensed manufactured home parks. new text end

new text begin The Department of Health
or, if applicable, local units of government that have entered into a delegation of authority
agreement with the Department of Health as provided in section 145A.07 shall provide, by
March 31 of each year, a list of names and addresses of the manufactured home parks
licensed in the previous year, and for each manufactured home park, the current licensed
owner, the owner's address, the number of licensed manufactured home lots, and other data
as they may request for the Department of Management and Budget to invoice each licensed
manufactured home park in the state of Minnesota.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginADVANCES TO THE MINNESOTA MANUFACTURED HOME
RELOCATION TRUST FUND.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency or Department of Management and Budget
as determined by the commissioner of management and budget, is authorized to advance
up to $400,000 from state appropriations or other resources to the Minnesota manufactured
home relocation trust fund established under Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.35, if the
account balance in the Minnesota manufactured home relocation trust fund is insufficient
to pay the amounts claimed under Minnesota Statutes, section 327C.095, subdivision 13.
new text end

new text begin (b) The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency or Department of Management and Budget
shall be reimbursed from the Minnesota manufactured home relocation trust fund for any
money advanced by the agency under paragraph (a) to the fund. Approved claims for payment
to manufactured home owners shall be paid prior to the money being advanced by the agency
or the department to the fund.
new text end