Moving pre-HUD Code Homes Challenging

While it is true that some older, pre-HUD Code homes may not be worth moving (except to the resident who cannot afford a better one), Robert Cochran, manager of Contempo Mobile Home Park in Spokane, Washington, disputes the notion that some homes are too old to be moved. While they may not be mobile, they can be moved by flatbed truck. However there are legal hurdles to towing one on highways if it was built before 1976, although that law can be waived if the home is moved because a community is closing. While WA law forbids banning homes from a community because of age, there are restrictions governing the condition of a home, and some may need to have utility systems upgraded to be accepted into new communities. In any case, state law requires homeowners be given 12 months notice in cases of a community closing, and as informs MHProNews, the state can provide relocation assistance for low-income residents forced to move.

(Photo credit: Matthew J. Silver)

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