Tips for buying manufactured homes in Florida include comparing floor plans, cost, design and quality of construction. The process is similar to any other significant purchase, explains the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. New homes should display a manufacturer’s label certifying code compliance on each section.
In Florida, the state classifies manufactured homes as motor vehicles unless the owner permanently attaches them to a piece of property and declares the home as real property; otherwise, each section has its own motor vehicle title, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If the owner declares the home as real property, he is responsible to pay property taxes annually. If he does not place the home on the tax rolls, the new owner is responsible for any back taxes and penalties.
Florida offers mobile home parks where residents rent the lot, purchase the lot or join a condominium park. Each type of park is subject to different rules and contracts. Before the buyer purchases a home or agrees to rent a space or purchase the lot, he should read any rules and regulations for the park and terms of the agreement, warns the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.