Minnesota Mobile Homes / Manufactured Homes – Overview
Minnesota Mobile Homes / Manufactured Homes – Overview
In Minnesota, a “Manufactured Home” has been defined as follows:
“Manufactured home” means a structure, not affixed to or part of real estate, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode, is eight body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length, or, when erected on site, is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems contained in it.
Historically, such structures were referred to as mobile homes:
- not because they were mobile – in the sense of being transportable from one site to another,
- but because some of the early manufacturers of such products were based in and around Mobile, Alabama.
While officially, such movable structures are known as Manufactured Homes, many people still refer to them as mobile homes, and the communities in which they are situated are referred to as mobile home parks.
Minnesota Manufactured Homes
The Minnesota statutes applicable to Minnesota Manufactured Homes:
- are scattered across several different chapters,
- are subject to numerous cross-references, and
- identify a number of confusing terms.
Therefore, it can be challenging to determine the applicable law which governs any particular situation.
Minnesota Mobile Homes – Minnesota Attorney General
The office of the Minnesota Attorney General has published a handbook – in “PDF” format – with respect to Minnesota Manufactured Home Parks, which endeavored to provide a broad spectrum of information regarding the laws governing Minnesota Manufactured Homes.
The handbook can be very helpful.
However, relying exclusively upon the main provisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Manufactured Home Parks Handbook, without simultaneously referring to the applicable statutes, is perhaps not advisable.
The web site of the Minnesota Attorney General also provides additional guidance with respect to Minnesota Manufactured Homes, and Minnesota Manufactured Home Parks.
Minnesota Mobile Homes – Other Sources of Information
A number of counties have also produced short booklets on the subject of Minnesota Manufactured Homes – some of which are not particularly current – but are nevertheless useful in some respects.
- understanding everything that a person needs to know in order to buy, sell, lease, finance, or transfer a Minnesota Manufactured Home takes time, and
- it may be easier, and more cost efficient, to retain the services of a knowledgeable Minnesota attorney for assistance with such matters.
Transactions involving the resale of Minnesota Manufactured Homes – particularly when seller financing is involved – can be multifaceted, and may not be suitable for the do-it-yourselfer.
All Minnesota Manufactured Homes not originally affixed to land have been issued a Title Certificate by the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety – which identifies the owner of the Home, and certain other interests.
Such Title Certificates serve a number of purposes:
- They serve as prima facie proof of ownership of Minnesota Manufactured Homes – identifying each Home’s identification number, year of manufacture, make, model, title number, date of issue, and the name and address of the owner;
- They identify persons holding security interests in the Home, including the name and address of such secured parties.
- They may serve as a Bill of Sale with respect to any transfer of ownership.
While a replacement Title Certificate can be obtained if the original is lost, it is best to maintain the Title Certificate in a safe place, so that it can be conveniently used to transfer title, or revise the record with respect to any security interests in a Minnesota Manufactured Home, as necessary.
Conclusion – Minnesota Mobile Homes / Manufactured Homes – Overview
Please contact private Minnesota Attorney Gary C. Dahle for assistance with:
- the preparation of any Minnesota Manufactured Home resale purchase agreement or lease,
- issues relating to seller financing of a Minnesota Manufactured Home resale, or
- other title or security interest concerns.
Legal fees will be applicable – and advance payment may be required.
If you have an e-mail account, and a good Internet connection, Attorney Gary C. Dahle can assist you in any Minnesota County.
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