Rule Clarifies Variance and Disclosure Process
"This changing information is critical to our association members who engage in the sale and listing of manufactured and mobile homes," said W.A.R. Executive Project Coordinator Bob Mitchell, who is carefully following the issue during the current legislative session. "I encourage all REALTORS® to read the emergency rule content on the L and I website, and to stay tuned to the W.A.R. website for updates on this topic."
The purpose of the emergency rule, cited in the rule-making order on the Department of Labor and Industries website (and available in full at www.lni.wa.gov/rules/scsd/factoryassembledstructures/emergency/cr103.htm) is to:
The emergency rule amends rule WAC 296-150M-140. The amendatory section of this rule also is available online at www.lni.wa.gov/rules/scsd/factoryassembledstructures/emergency/TextofRule.htm .
The emergency rule includes a new section, pertinent to the sale of manufactured/mobile homes:
What must be done prior to the sale of a manufactured/mobile home by a
2. Nothing in this section shall have any effect on any written warranty(ies) required by RCW 46.70.135.
3. This section does not apply to unsafe manufactured/mobile homes that the use of which may constitute a hazard to life, safety, or health.
Currently the House Commerce and Labor Committee is reviewing ESSB 5703, calling for a directed study of mobile/manufactured home alteration and repair permit problems. This proposal, or an amended version, appears to be the "only likely survivor" as session cut-offs near.
L and I has acknowledged concerns of owners and other regarding manufactured/mobile homes and is responding by clarifying policies, training inspectors, scheduling community meetings, and increasing public outreach and communications. A brochure, "Your manufactured/Mobile Home: Things to Consider when Altering your Home," is available online at www.lni.wa.gov/scs/fas/facsht01.html
Mitchell will brief members on this issue during the Legislative Steering Committee at the Spring Business Conference at Ocean Shores on Thursday, April 5.
Posted 3/28/01; 4/17/01.
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