Manufactured housing is an affordable alternative to traditionally built homes that many Texans use for a first home or possibly a retirement home. Manufactured houses can be as lovely inside as more traditional homes are, provided that the builder paid appropriate attention to detail and that you maintain it well. Unfortunately, as with other products built in manufacturing facilities, some manufactured homes will not be quite as good as others.
Do you have any rights as someone who has purchased a manufactured home that turned out to have substantial defects, such as soft spots in the floor, leaks in the roof, crooked walls or bad plumbing?
Lemon laws do not apply to manufactured homes
Although some people call manufactured homes “mobile homes,” they are residences and not vehicles. As such, they are not included under the lemon laws in Texas. However, you do still have rights under Texas law as someone who has purchased a manufactured home with defects.
Texas has laws and standards for companies that manufacture homes
There are certain standards that apply to both the finished product and the materials used in manufactured housing in Texas. When companies or their workers don’t meet those standards during the construction of a specific manufactured home, they may be liable for the impact of those defects on your life and the value of your property.
Manufactured housing defects require an understanding of a relatively nice area of law, which is why getting help early in the process when you notice a defect can make a big difference in how successful you are in getting compensation for the issue with your new home.