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What are the HUD requirements for selling a remodeled or renovated mobile home?
Friday, July 20, 2018
HUD has jurisdiction over manufactured/mobile homes when they are built in the factory. It also has minimum standards for installation at the homesite. But, after the first homeowner has moved in, HUD is out of the picture. Local building codes and ordinances become the standards for any remodeling or renovation, and the same laws that govern any other real estate or personal property transaction apply to the sale of a manufactured home.
If a home inspector like us is hired to evaluate the home for the purchaser, we will note any unsafe conditions that may have been created by the remodeling, such as lack of direct access (without any intermediate lockable doors) from the bedrooms to two separate exterior doors, and missing or unstable exterior stairs (like in the photo below). But the repairs that we recommend do not have the force of law, and do not need to be done in order for the sale to be completed, unless the buyer demands it within the inspection allowances section of the sale contract.
When the remodeled home will be moved to a new homesite, however, the local building department often will require that it be inspected to meet their standards before being moved into their jurisdiction. Each county in Florida has slightly different requirements for allowing a used mobile home into their territory, but they all have the same attitude: older mobile homes in poor condition are not welcome to cross the county line.
Go to our HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page for a listing of our other HUD-code articles. Also, see our blog posts What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home? and Are older mobile homes unsafe?
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