Frequently Asked Questions
makes a mobile home safe to live in?
mobile/manufactured homes must be constructed in accordance
with regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) which are entitled the
Housing Construction and Safety Standards. These
regulations were amended in 1994 to better ensure
that mobile/manufactured homes can withstand strong
winds. In addition, all mobile/manufactured homes
must be installed in accordance with Rule
Chapter 15C-1, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.),
which are among the most stringent mobile/manufactured
home installation standards in the United States.
All mobile/manufactured homes that are installed in
Florida must be installed by a licensed
mobile/manufactured home installer. Investigations
of damage to mobile homes from the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes
found that no homes built subsequent to the new HUD
construction regulations sustained any significant
damage and all homes installed in accordance with
Rule 15C-1, F.A.C. tended to also fair well. To ensure
the safety of mobile/manufactured homes there are
also restrictions on where such homes may be set-up.
No mobile/manufactured home can be set-up in Florida
unless it was built in accordance with the standards
that apply to the Wind Zone
applicable to the county where it is to be set-up.
What mobile/manufactured home manufacturers are licensed
to sell their homes in Florida?
licenses 23 mobile/manufactured home manufacturers
to do business in Florida, 7 of which are located
in Florida. A
list of Florida licensed mobile/manufactured home
manufacturers is available.
my new mobile home/manufactured home have a one-year
Florida law requires new mobile/manufactured homes
to have a one-year warranty. However, some manufacturers
offer warranties that are longer than one year.
the installation of my mobile/manufactured home have
all new and used homes are required to have an installation
warranty that extends one year from the date the certificate
of occupancy was issued.
Florida dealer warranties apply to homes purchased
from an out-of-state dealer?
the state required dealer warranty applies only to
homes purchased from licensed Florida dealers.
I purchase a used mobile/manufactured home from a dealer,
do I have any recourse if I have problems with it?
Who do I contact?
Division of Motorist Services (DMS) jurisdiction on used homes
is limited to the contractual obligations of the dealer's
sales contract. Only the warranty or implied warranty
on the contract is enforceable. You may contact your
local DMS office for assistance.
I own my land, do I have to purchase a registration
for my mobile/manufactured home each year?
homes located on your property may qualify to be taxed
as real property. If so, your local
tax collector will sell you a permanent,
one-time registration sticker for your home. If your
home is located on leased property, however, it must
be registered every year.
set-up instructions and a homeowner's manual included
when you buy a home?
state and federal laws and codes require the manufacturer
to furnish complete printed instructions for the set-up
and maintenance of each home they manufacture. Instructions
for the set-up of the home are very specific and must
be closely followed for proper installation. Following
instructions for the maintenance of the home will
extend the life of the home.
should be considered when choosing a site for my mobile/manufactured
site must be prepared properly in accordance with
15C-1, F.A.C.. The site must be clear of debris
and water should be directed away from the home's
local permits required for the set-up of mobile/manufactured
homes and park trailers?
set-up permits are required and can be applied for
at the local government
the State of Florida approve mobile/manufactured home
anchors and set-up products?
home installation components and products must
be certified by the Division of Motorist Services. They
must undergo technically sound engineering testing
that proves they are compliant with the provisions
15C-1, F.A.C.. The Bureau of Mobile Home and Recreational
Vehicle Construction maintains a list
of approved installation products.
all mobile/manufactured home dealers required to have
a mobile/manufactured home installer license?
only mobile/manufactured home dealers that pull permits
and/or set up homes they sell are required to have
an installer license.
individuals and dealers that set-up mobile/manufactured
homes required to be licensed?
individuals and dealers who install mobile/manufactured
homes must be licensed
as installers by the Manufactured Housing Section of the Division of Motorist Services. Installers are
required to take a pre-license course and pass a license
examination. They also must have a $5,000 surety bond
and $100,000 of liability insurance before they can
be licensed. Installer licenses must be renewed annually.
licensed mobile/manufactured home installers do plumbing
connecting plumbing to the newly installed home is
part of the installation process.
licensed mobile/manufactured home installers do electrical
installers can only install electrical crossovers
on multi-section homes. Any other electrical work
on a home must be done by a licensed electrician.
a mobile/manufactured home is displayed on a temporary
basis such as for marketing promotion, do they require
a mobile/manufactured home installation decal?
installation decals are not required on homes temporarily
a consumer set up their own mobile/manufactured home
or park trailer?
No, section 320.8249, Florida Statutes and Rule Chapter
15C-2, F.A.C., require that only licensed mobile/manufactured
home installers may set-up a mobile/manufactured home