Some counties have a specfic age limit, ranging upward from as low as 5 years, but most don't have a maximum age. Instead, they require that the home pass an inspection for structural integrity and safety. The application for the inspection has a fee, the inspection itself costs more, and there is often an additional payout for required repairs and a reinspection.
The intention is to keep skanky, battered old mobiles on the other side of the county line. We lived in Dixie County, Florida, for several years and their acceptance of just about any ancient single-wide that could be dragged into the woods meant that a rusty hulk could appear within view at any time. As we found out, making sure that a new neighbor doesn't become the local eyesore is important. People nauturally that take pride in their manufactured home and want to protect their investment from being devalued by a battered home nearby.
For an example of a typical county's inspection requirement for relocating a mobile home, see our blog post Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? Also, to learn about the particular issues that come up with a mobile that has been moved from its original site, go to our blog post What is a "second set" mobile/manufactured home?
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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:
• Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used manufactured/mobile home in Florida?
• What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?
• How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?
• What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?
• When did a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) become required under a mobile/manufactured home?
• Is it safe to go under a mobile home?
• Are older mobile homes unsafe?
• What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home?
• Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?
• Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home?
• How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?
• What is the right price for a used mobile home?
• How energy efficient is a mobile home?
• When were the first double-wide mobile homes manufactured?
• How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?
• What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?
• Can you move an older mobile home in Florida?
• What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?
• Can you put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?
• How can I remove water under my mobile home?
• What's the differences between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home?
• What is a D-sticker mobile home?
• What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?
• How fireproof is a mobile home?
• Can I install a mobile home myself?
• What is a Park Model mobile home?
• Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code?
• What walls can I remove in a mobile home?
• What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home?
• How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?
• How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?
Visit our MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.