Monday, April 14, 2008

Definition of Mobile Home Vs Modular Home

Many homeowners have opted to live in Mobile Homes or Modulars.

Mobile Home Parks are popular for those 55 or over and family parks offer affordability.

A young couple Mr. and Mrs Barley of Jamestown, CA will soon own their first home a Modular located in a family park. The price was under $65,000.

The following is a new Calfornia Law that defines

the difference between the two.

The key to this new law is is the manufacturing date of June 15th 1976.

This new law clarifies the difference between “mobilehomes” and “manufactured homes”, and also creates a new category for “multifamily manufactured home.” The law also changes the permissible scope of work for a General Manufactured Housing Contractor (C-47).
Under existing law, the terms “mobilehomes” and “manufactured homes” are used interchangeably in many California statutes.

Under the new law, the differences between “mobilehomes” and “manufactured homes” are clarified, and a new category of “multifamily manufactured home” is added. This change is intended to provide additional benefits from lenders and others in the housing industry for “manufactured homes” which might not be available for “mobilehomes”.

All single-family factory-constructed housing built on or after June 15, 1976, that is in compliance with the standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development promulgated under the federal National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974(42 U.S.C. § 5401 et seq.) are "manufactured homes," and not "mobilehomes."

Furthermore, this new law also changes what is the permissible scope of work allowed by a General Manufactured Housing Contractor for these separate categories. Finally, this law also authorizes the Department of Housing and Community Development to adopt regulations relating to commercial modular homes.

This law amends California Health & Safety Code §§ 18000, 18007, 18008, 18008.7 and 18028, and adds California Business & Professions Code § 7026.11. This law also amends the heading of Part 2 of Division 13 of the California Health & Safety Code. The provisions of this new law become effective on January 1, 2008.

Jim W Hildreth-Mediator

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