Mobile homes (or manufactured housing as the industry prefers to call them) are common in Texas, particularly in rural areas.
Mobile homes are generally priced at the low end of the housing market, providing more square feet of living space than apartments and selling for less money than an equivalent size “stick built” home.
With the exception of rural landowners who want an “immediate” home, they are generally sold to people with imperfect credit or low incomes. Placement of the unit in a trailer park (or manufactured housing community as the industry prefers to call them) is common.
Some notable problems with mobile homes are:
This is only a list of common problems but frustration is standard.
Mobile homes are usually sold by interaction with three parties:
1) Lender; 2) Dealer; and 3) Manufacturer.
Even though you arranged everything at the Dealer’s location, the duties and responsibilities of each of these important parties becomes distinct after the delivery of the unit. This leads to each pointing the finger at the other for the resolution of what should be a simple problem.
Delay in handling your problem may be intentional because the homes are only required by law to include a one year warranty. If your problem can be put off until after a year then you may have no or lessened recourse for complaint. If you think you have a major problem such as noted above you need to complain in writing and be persistent.
You may also want to consult an attorney.
There is no state lemon law proceeding for mobile homes but there are things you can do. You may want to consult the automobile portions of this website. The same general principles apply to mobile homes and automobiles although you may also want to consult an attorney.
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