Posts Tagged ‘code mobile’

Tiny House, not ok’d for Manufactured Home Community

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

tiny-house-Bob Pritt’s 208 square foot home is only 208 square feet, cost him about $20,000 to build, but Anderson County can’t say yes, because his home is not a HUD Code certified manufactured home, so it can’t be placed in a manufactured home land lease community. Pritt’s had his home titled as an RV, WBIR tells MHProNews. But as community owner-operators in many parts of the U.S. know, manufactured home communities are often only allowed to have pre-HUD code mobile or post HUD Code manufacured homes in them, no RVs or tiny houses are allowed. It is interesting to note that Pritt’s tiny house, on a cost per square foot basis, is about 3 times the price of many 16×80 single section manufactured homes. ##

(Image Credit: WBIR)

Pre-HUD Code Mobile Homes Fingered for Construction and Energy Issues

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

charolle-white-pre-hud-code-mobile-home-credit-earthfix-oregon-public-broadcasting-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-professional-news-mhpronews-Mold, uneven floors and energy wasting are among the complaints that Charlotte White, an owner of a pre-HUD Code mobile home expressed, says earthfix. The 64 year old White is retired and lives in a single wide located in Rainbow Rock Village in Curry County, Oregon. Their story underscores the dramatic improvement in quality, safety and energy efficiency in manufactured housing since the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured home safety standards went into effect, which took place on June 15, 1976, and accelerated with the updates to the so-called HUD Code in 1994. Nevertheless, millions of pre-HUD Code mobile home owners may struggle with issues like those which have impacted White, including utility bills that may be half or more of her monthly social security check of under $400 monthly. MHProNews notes that the earthfix report failed to identify if the pre-HUD Code mobile home has been properly maintained, which industry pros know can lead to some of the complaints expressed in the story. These are clarifying points to a story run previously, at this link. ##


(Photo Credit of Charlotte White: earthfix and Oregon Public Broadcasting)


Manufactured and Mobile Homes Survive Recent Oklahoma Tornadoes

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

Contrary to the common focus of too many weather reports, MHProNews has leaned that no one in a pre-HUD Code mobile home or a modern manufactured home died as the result of the May 20 and May 31st EF5 storms in Oklahoma. While thousands of conventional homes were leveled or badly damaged, and with some 43 combined dead from those two devastating events, Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) said: “No one has been killed in a manufactured/mobile home so far.” An EF4 tornado hit Steelman Estates near Shawnee, OK on May 19th that devastated homes there much the same as conventional homes were leveled the next day in Moore. About the deaths among Steelman manufactured home community’s residents, Fields said: “The two deaths in Steelman included one elderly resident—who kept to himself—who was outside his home and received blunt force trauma to his body, and the other older gentleman was in his vehicle.” Fields told MHProNews that a YES! Community was struck by the May 31st storm, and while homes were damaged, none were destroyed. 3 manufactured home retailers near El Reno suffered no lost homes. Suzanne Felber said Golden Rule MHC was in the middle of the storm, but she also confirmed there were no total losses. “Huge trees ripped apart, almost every powerline (was) down among them, and when you look at some of the homes it looks like someone was using them for target practice,” as a result of flying debris. Yes! Communities has sent teams from three states to help residents with the post-storm clean-up and recovery. The YES! Communities all had shelters for their residents. The photo shown is from a conventional housing neighborhood in Moore, OK hit by the May 20th storm. To see a video of a manufactured home that survived a tornado and was then subjected to a C-130 Hercules military aircraft’s prop wash, click this link here.

(Photo credit: youtubehollywood2nyisback–Moore, OK following the tornado))

Augusta Dogged by Lawsuit

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

From Georgia learns ChronicleAugusta reports a pre-HUD Code mobile home that caught fire in the middle of the night in 2006 and took the lives of a young couple spawned several lawsuits brought by the families. The city of Augusta claims protection under the legal principle of sovereign immunity in defending itself, a claim rejected by the court. A city electrical inspector, who did not enter the 37 year-old rental, had approved reconnecting the electricity a month before the fire broke out at night. The city claims it was not necessary to enter the home and that the cause of the fire is unknown. Plaintiffs contend city code requires an inside inspection. The city has lost appeals to the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Augusta may now appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, settle with the families, or face trial in neighboring Columbia County. Georgia Power and one of the landlords, both named in the lawsuit, settled out of court.

(Photo credit: The Augusta Chronicle)