The following notice was provided by the California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) NOT written by Macy Homes, Inc. This notice from CMHI is repeated below as a consumer alert and can also be found on CMHI’s website – www.CMHI.org
California law requires manufactured home salespersons, dealers, and manufacturers doing business in California to be licensed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). If a person or company solicits for purchasers of manufactured homes in California by letters, telephone calls, or other direct advertising or communications, that seller is violating the law because only licensed dealers and salespersons may advertise or solicit in California.
Generally, home buyers’ interests, rights and funds are not as well protected unless they are dealing with licensed in-state dealers and manufacturers. Buyers also lose some rights when trying to enforce their rights or correct defects against out-of-state parties. Consider the balance between saving a few dollars on the home price in exchange for potential problems with the sale, the home, the installation, the accessories or amenities, or loss of your funds.
California licensing includes criminal background reviews, consideration of other past bad business dealings, and educational training and an examination. California licensees must obey various state and federal laws and regulations regarding sales practices and advertising, documentation and disclosures, escrows and protection of funds, compliance with federal and state construction standards, and responding to complaints about defects or warranty issues. If solicited by an internet or out-of-state solicitor, ask for proof of California licensing. Use HCD’s website at www.hcd.ca.gov. or call HCD’s Occupational Licensing Program at (916) 323-9803.
Other persons licensed and regulated by the State of California who are involved in manufactured home sales include licensed contractors (who perform installations and related construction), real estate licensees (who may act as agents for used manufactured home sales), and California-licensed escrow companies. The purpose of this licensing is consumer protection! Dealing with out-of-state parties usually deprives consumers of California protections, and they must rely on whatever protections exist in other states. California does license some out-of-state manufacturers, who agree to be bound by California laws.
It is not illegal to purchase a home from an out-of-state operation or an Internet site, although it is illegal for those operations or sites to advertise or solicit directly in California without obtaining a license from HCD. CAUTION: Unlicensed manufactured home dealers and sellers are active because of recent natural disasters such as the Southland fires and the public may fall prey to a perceived need to purchase homes urgently. A buyer may be dealing in cash, may be in a hurry to obtain a replacement home, and may not exercise normal caution in this situation; this “Alert” is intended to remind those buyers that the consequences of not exercising reasonable care in this important and expensive transaction may result in consequences far more serious than the expected few dollars or days saved by dealing with the out-of-state business.
Again, the above notice was provided by the California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) NOT Macy Homes, Inc. This consumer alert can also be found on CMHI’s website – www.hcd.ca.gov/consumer-alert