Improvements made with home improvement grant or loan funds shall satisfy the following requirements.
Each improvement shall be a permanent general improvement. Permanent general improvements shall include additions, alterations, renovations, or repairs upon or in connection with existing structures, which correct defects or deficiencies in the property affecting directly the safety, habitability, or energy usage of the property. Permanent general improvements shall be economically viable in terms of a determination that the structure will have a reasonable life expectancy after the improvement is made, and the structure will be reasonably livable, safe, and habitable after the improvement is made.
Permanent general improvements shall not include materials, fixtures, or landscaping of a type or quality exceeding that customarily used in the locality for decent, safe, and sanitary properties of the same general type as the property to be improved.
Each improvement shall be made in compliance with all applicable health, fire prevention, building, and housing codes and standards; provided, however, that no application for a home improvement grant or loan shall be denied solely because the improvements will not bring such property into full compliance with all such codes and standards.
Funds provided under parts 4900.0610 to 4900.0700 shall not be used for the payment, wholly or in part, of assessments for public improvements; provided, however, that such funds may be used for that portion of improvements located on the property which will bring an individual water supply system or a sewage disposal system (including septic systems) into compliance with local, state, or federal environmental and sanitary standards.
All contracts covering all or any portion of an improvement shall contain an agency-approved warranty of construction and materials.
No grant or loan funds shall be used for the purpose of refinancing or paying off existing indebtedness. All such funds shall be used to finance improvements begun after application for such funds has been approved.
For mobile homes taxed as personal property or not permanently affixed to real property eligible improvements shall be limited to the following:
improvements which bring the property into compliance with current standards for energy efficiency, fire safety, and anchoring systems;
improvements to remedy imminent safety hazards, or accessibility modifications; and
other permanent general improvements, if after completion of all improvements the mobile home will comply with the standards referred to in item A.
Improvements which affect the accessibility of a dwelling for a person with a disability are eligible improvements provided that they are performed in compliance with the following conditions:
the beneficiary of the improvements must occupy or intend to occupy the dwelling unit to be improved as his or her principal residence; and
architectural or engineering costs incurred in the design of accessibility improvements may be funded as eligible improvements.
MS s 462A.06
17 SR 1279; L 2005 c 56 s 2
June 11, 2008