Manufactured Homes Transition  

House Bill 49, the Ohio Operating Budget, included a provision to consolidate several boards and commissions. Included in the bill was the move of the duties of the Manufactured Homes Commission to the Ohio Department of Commerce, effective Jan. 21, 2018.

Commerce is well positioned to assume these responsibilities. This is what we do – we’re already in your communities doing this type of work. Commerce has field staff located throughout the state to ensure our services are easily accessible. We license a number of industries, including commercial contractors, real estate professionals, investment professionals and mortgage brokers. Commerce is also responsible for inspecting electrical systems, reviewing building plans and resolving disputes.

And while we’re large, we’re committed to providing excellent service to each and every customer. We know that this is important to you – this is your home, or your livelihood. And that makes it important to us. We are focused on how our expertise will ensure our stakeholders get the attention they deserve.

Below is a graphic that illustrates which functions will be handled by which Commerce Division, so you know what area you’ll work with once the Department assumes responsibility for these functions.

What to Expect

It is our commitment to make this transition as easy as possible. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. A seamless transition. We won't make major changes on Jan. 21 – we will keep what works, and take a closer look at what might not be working. We’ll keep you informed as we make changes.
  2. Ongoing two-way communication. Your feedback and participation is critical to this transition, as well as to ensure we continue to meet your needs. We’ll regularly seek your feedback through formal means. And we always welcome your questions and feedback – you can share your thoughts by sending an email to MHProgram@com.ohio.gov or calling 614-466-3902.
  3. Involvement in the rule-making process. Commerce will draft rules once regulatory responsibilities transfer next year, and expects to file those rules in early summer 2018. All stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to comment on the proposed rules throughout the process, and we’ll make sure you’re aware of those opportunities.

Who to Contact

Knowing who to contact when you need assistance is important. Part of the work that’s taking place is assigning specific Commerce staff members to this work. While there aren’t yet names and contact information to share, we’ll make sure all stakeholders know who to contact. We’ll share this information in several ways, including in emails, and on the Commerce website so you can access it at any time.

If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please send an email to MHProgram@com.ohio.gov or call 614-466-3902.