Texas Regulations for selling Used MH?s - Posted by Chris (TX)

Posted by Chris (TX) on July 01, 2002 at 23:19:33:

I was asked to repost my comments here, from another thread, regarding what the TDHCA rules and regulations mean for Lonnie dealers, and the practicality of such rules and regulations, etc., however, my opinion is just that ? my opinion, and probably not worth as much as you may think. So instead of reposting my comments, I?d rather anyone interested in this topic visit the TDHCA website and read and interpret these state guidelines for themselves, and draw their own conclusions.

Go to http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/ for the main page, or go to http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pdf/mh/mhlaw.pdf for specific information on manufactured housing (including those structures also called mobile homes). Section 8 discusses ?used? homes specifically. I recommend everyone considering doing business in Texas read this section.

If you are interested in the original thread on this topic, you can read that for yourself at http://www.creonline.com/mobilehomes/wwwboard4/messages/18072.html.

If you want to look further back in the archives on this topic, you might find the ?No AS IS in Texas? thread interesting as it only goes to show how confused even the people working for the state are on these issues. I?m not sure how to go about getting ?correct answers? on any of this. The ?AS IS? thread begins at http://www.creonline.com/mobilehomes/wwwboard4/messages/7749.html

Possibly the best solution to this dilemma is simply for all those desiring to do Lonnie deals in Texas to join together, go to Austin, and sit down with the lawmakers and work toward finding a solution that works for everybody. I don?t think the goal of the state is actually to prevent us from doing business, I think their goal is to protect consumers, and collect fees for the state wherever possible.

The goal of my busness is to provide a service/product that is safe, sound and beneficial to all my customers, at a reasonable price. I have no problem paying reasonable fees and taxes where appropriate, but some of these regulations, especially those that seem to stipulate that every home must be moved to your site (or your retailer?s license address changed to match the location of each home) before you can legally sell it?. are unreasonable, and may actually create a situation that leads to a rapidly growing number of abandoned and deteriorating MH?s in the state of Texas, that no one is willing or able to do anything with. I think a group of reasonable, educated and sincere Lonnie dealers just might be able to get the lawmakers to understand that the current rules are only setting the stage for bigger problems down the road for the state of Texas.

But then again? this is just my opinion.