As a community you may encounter the need for advice from any one of these documents. Click on the document you need and download the form to your printer. Have questions? As a member of PMHA we invite you to give us a call and we will walk you though your course of action.
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Anti-Money Laundering ("AML") Rule - Compliance Date of August 13, 2012
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. FinCEN is now requiring residential mortgage loan originators to establish AML programs. On February 14, 2012, FinCen published the “Anti-Money Laundering Program (AML) and Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Filing Requirements for Residential Mortgage Lenders and Originators” Final Rule in the Federal Register (a copy of the final Rule is attached). Non-bank companies that meet the definition of a residential mortgage lender and/or originator must comply with the rule by August 13, 2012. Click here then scroll down to AML section for more information.
ACT 261 Changes
Act 156 Brings More Changes to the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act (HB 1767—Act 156 of 2012)
This Act was signed on October 24, 2012, and repeals the abandoned home language in Act 74 and provides a judicial process for community owners to determine abandonment; establishes new guidelines for the sale or lease of a community, and for the closure or change of use of a community. These changes will go into effect December 23, 2012. Act 156 requires community owners to post and provide written notice to residents when a community is sold and in the case of closure provides for relocation costs and extends the time a resident has to relocate their home from 30 days to 180 days. Click here
for the most current copy of Act 261 as amended by Act 80 and Act 156.
ACT 80 brought the MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN 34 YEARS WAS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR RENDELL WENT INTO EFFECT MARCH 18, 2011.
Act 80 (HB 2212) effects everyone in the manufactured housing land lease community business. Some of the major changes are:
- MANDATORY LEASES FOR EVERYONE
- RENT MAY ONLY BE INCREASED ONCE IN ANY 12 MONTHS
- CONSUMER DISCLOSURES ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERY LESSEE AND PROSPECTIVE RESIDENT
- MANDATORY FIVE DAY RIGHT TO RESIND AFTER RECEIPT OF DISCLOSURES
- ADDITIONAL REQUIRED NOTICES TO DISPLAY
These changes required community owners/managers to completely re-think their management policies and procedures a provided an opportunity to improve the current methods of working with Lessees and other individuals living in your community.
Criminal History Request
There are many reasons why you might need a Criminal History Report. Many state agencies require criminal history checks when applying for licensure and many communities use them for residents. You can complete the form and mail it along with $10 to the PA State Police. However, it can take 4 weeks or longer to receive the criminal records report.
Now you can send your request to PMHA! We can process your Criminal History Report on-line through the Pennsylvania State Police PATCH Program, most requests process within a matter of minutes! It’s only $13.00 per request.
for the “Request for Criminal Record Check” form and mail or fax it to the PMHA Office at:
P.O. Box 248
315 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
If you have questions regarding Criminal History Reports, please contact Toni by email
or at 1-888-242-7642.
PA One Call
FACILITY OWNERS - Owners of Utility Lines Have to Comply with the Underground Utility Line Protection Law
Owners of manufactured housing communities that also own their own utility lines in the community fall under the definition of a “facility owner” and must comply with the Underground Utility Line Protection Law. The law requires all “facility owners” to be a member of the PA Once Call System (POCS). There are two parts to the Underground Utility Line Protection Law. The first part most are familiar with ~ Call Before You Dig ~ requires compliance of contractors and excavators who rely on facility owners to properly identify any underground utility lines that may be in the area of where the excavation (or dig) will be taking place. Facility owners are only responsible for marking their lines within the dig area.
The second part requires facility owners to be members of the POCS so they can be contacted when a contractor or excavator calls and needs lines marked for a dig area. A “line” or “facility” is defined to mean “an underground conductor or underground pipe or structure used in providing electric or communication service, or an underground pipe used in carrying, gathering, transporting or providing natural or artificial gas, petroleum, propane, oil or petroleum and production product, sewage, water or other service to one or more transportation carriers, consumer or customers of such service and the appurtenances thereto, regardless of whether such line or structures is locate on land owned by a person or public agency or whether it is located within and easement or right-of-way.”
Therefore, if you have a water or wastewater system and/or lines that you own within your community that connects to a municipal system or your own system then you are a facility owner by definition and must comply with that part of the law. This would also include communities that own lines supplying heating sources, electric or any other type of utility to their residents within the community.
To arrange a meeting with a POCS representative call 800-242-1776. They will review your activities and determine if you do fall under the definition of “facility owner.” If you have additional questions please contact the association office.
Please contact POCS directly by phone or (email) for the most current rate schedule.
Visit their website for more information www.pa1call.org
Before you dig, call PA One Call for a clear and accurate marking of underground utility lines.
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