Outsourcing of Manufactured-home Inspections Opposed

From Texas, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that a state advisory panel’s recommendation to outsource installation inspections of thousands of manufactured homes is meeting opposition from state regulators and industry officials. Joe A. Garcia, executive director of the state’s Manufactured Housing Division told the reporter as long as the state is involved, the consumer can’t get tricked or get taken advantage of. The panel found the Division took too long to inspect a home. In a sample of inspections, the median time between an installation and inspection was 195 days. And the fastest an inspector reached a home in the sample was 26 working days—more than a month after installation. Industry officials also oppose outsourcing. DJ Pendleton, executive director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association, was quoted in the article, saying that his organization prefers the state completes the inspections and if third-party contractors are hired, inspection costs could double for the industry.

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