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Posted January 15, 2012
Raising Children in Mobile Homes can Benefit the Children
If you are thinking that you do not want to have your family in a mobile home estate, note that many successful adults grew up in mobile homes estates. The children grow up with a sense of humility when their friends act superior for living in apartments or upside down houses. Children of trailer estates tend to learn and appreciate the value of money and often have parents that do too. This means, savings for college, savings for vacations, savings for insurance, and savings for rainy day funds.
Instead of living pay check to pay check and working at a job most of your life to ensure that the house you live in keeps up with the Jones, you can have flexibility with your career and not sacrifice time with your children. In an affordable mobile home, your children may not be like all the other children who live in apartments or houses. Instead, your children may get to travel the world with you on the money you save. Your children may sit in the living room of a stick and mud house watching TV or video games while you work your fingers to the bone to pay for their laziness. Guess what, your children can still sit and watch TV and play video games in a mobile home, all the while you can be planning your next trip to Paris or Rome with them. While they suffer a little humility with their associations with their friends because of where they live, they are gaining significant cultural perspectives from the money you save because you are wise enough to sacrifice nothing while living economically.
Children of mobile homes often grow up and will live in a mobile home or other affordable housing while they establish themselves. Once they have completed college and obtained success in their careers, they will want to live in nice houses and move up in the world. Because they are conservative with their money from the knowledge and experience from their childhood, when their parents become aged, children of mobile homes will often have savings sufficient to ensure that their parents are cared for in retirement. Usually, though, the parents are already ahead of the game because they saved and lived economically for all those years.
Posted January 13, 2012
Mobilehomes Are Luxurious, Inexpensive Alternatives To Stick And Mud Houses.
Mobilehomes are built in indoor factories and often designed to the specifications of the purchaser, allowing for customization to personal preference. The trailers, once built, are then trucked to the location where they will be set up. The mobile house can be built taking into account the land on which it will be placed (i.e. Installing the proper rated windows that will be in sunshine, placing the front door in the best spot, increasing views from certain windows).
Trailer homes in Southern Nevada are especially useful because of the climate. South Nevada offers temperate weather throughout the year. The summer is the extreme, when temperatures can be as high as 120 degrees for a few days. Because of this, mobile homes can be designed to have insulated roofs and windows as well as attached awnings (car ports) to maximize shade. Evaporative coolers, which cool an interior approximately 20 degrees with moist air are an energy efficient alternative to air conditioning. Air conditioning if important for the few days when the Las Vegas Valley is scorching hot, but it you work during the day anyway, a swamp cooler set to low cool during the day will ensure comfort in the evening and at night.
Many doublewide homes are larger than stick and mud houses inside. Floor plans can range from 1000 sq. ft. to 2400 sq. ft. Interestingly too, the yards in mobile home estates are larger than many of the yards in housing developments (many are 6,000 square feet or more), allowing for more space for children to play, parking, and enjoyment of gardening.
Moreover, mobile home estates do not have cookie cutters homes, like the tract homes in other developments. Although the homes may all look like trailers from the outside, trailer estates have many different aged homes with many different builders and many different floor plans. So, ironically, you are much more likely to live in an individualized home in a mobile home estate than in a residential stick and mud neighborhood.
And, with all the features that make mobile homes superior to houses, mobile homes are much less expensive. You get more yard space, more interior space, and more individuality, often times for much less than half the price of a regular house. In fact, depending on the age of a mobile home and the neighborhood you are in, you could purchase your own trailer house and lot for a quarter of the price of house. Incidentally, you can also rent the mobile homes out for less than houses, but make a larger profit ($700 rent minus $400 mortgage payment equals $300 monthly positive cash flow.) Taxes on mobile homes and lots are also cheaper as they are considered Òlow incomeÓ housing and taxed at a lower rate.
The stigma of living in a trailer will fall by the way side. The stigma arose from shows like COPS that depict obnoxious alcoholics at their worst, living in run down neighborhoods, sometimes trailer parks. Run down trailer parks with unruly neighbors are the exception, not the rule.
Posted January 11, 2012
Mobile Home Too Big For Private Lot In Mobile Home Estate
So, you purchased a mobile home lot in a mobile home estate. Many lots in Clark County are sixty feet wide by 100 feet deep (6000 square feet). Your lot, however, is a corner lot that is eighty feet wide and eighty feet long, so you have a larger lot, but with odd dimensions.
You then find the perfect singlewide mobile home for you, but it is sixty-five feet long and fourteen feet wide. You think, well, this will fit on the property, no problem.
The Clark County Codes declare that you have a certain distance between your mobile home and the property line, called a setback. And is it ever a setback! Your simple set-up has turned into a major setback. You see, you must now get permission to park the trailer within the setback area (called encroaching upon the setback). What is a setback? It is a minimum distance required for safety and noise reasons. Mobile homes have to sit back from the neighbor, partly because of privacy concerns, but mainly for safety when there is a fire. Distance between properties can prevent fire from spreading. It also allows firefighters to get to where they need to be.
How to you resolve a setback issue? Well, your best solution is to call and hire us. We have been there and done that. If you have a licensed contractor installing your mobile home, as many do, they may want to hire us as well when this issues arises. What you will essentially have to do is a variance permit. In other words, you need to obtain permission from the government to vary the existing rule, giving you a special exception.
Posted January 10, 2012
Trailer Living In Pahrump
Pahrump, Nevada is an unincorporated area in Nye County that for many years apparently had no municipal codes, regulations, or enforcement bodies. However, Pahrump in recent years has cleaned up its act some and does appear to make some effort in enforcing Nye County codes ordinances. Pahrump even has a website these days. For decades, people have purchased mobile homes in the Las Vegas Valley and hauled them out to Pahrump to live in, avoiding the expenses associated with complying with the municipal restrictions in the Greater Las Vegas area.
Pahrump is an interesting hodgepodge of people and buildings. Because there is no land use planning, an elementary school, graveyard, whorehouse, and church could all be neighbors. Nye County allows prostitution, whereas Clark County does not. In 2002 the township outlawed prostitution, probably ending ones of its most lucrative industries and reducing its libertarian appeal. However, there are homes and brothels on the outskirts of the township that apparently are exempt from the ten-year-old ordinance, such as the Chicken Ranch Brothel.
Almost forty thousand very independent-minded individuals live in Pahrump on essentially their own terms. Modular homes make it possible to live an area with a poor economy because they are economical. Some in Pahrump actually commute sixty miles to Las Vegas for work.
Posted January 9, 2012
Trailer Parks Can Discriminate In Rent Within The Confines Of Nevada Law
A landlord of a mobile home park cannot increase rent or additional charges unless it is to bring the rent up to a level of rent charged to other tenants within the park with the same size lots. Also, a landlord may increase rents if the tenant is subject to a long-term lease in which this is specified. Landlords may also discriminate, within limits, by giving discounts to tenants who are handicapped, fifty-five or older, long-term tenants of the park and the lease contains special language, pay their rents on time, or pay their rent in an approved manner. These laws are codified in Nevada Revised Statute 118B.150.
Posted January 8, 2012
Mobile Home Brokers Beware, Do Not Defraud Clients
Mr. and Mrs. Penrod owned a mobile home in Reno, Nevada in 1976 but wanted to sell it because Mr. Penrod was going to go to medical school in California. They hired a local mobile home broker to sell their home for them. The mobile home broker made several misrepresentations to the Penrods. He told them that they would net $2000 on the sale of the home, then he later told them he had a buyer and they were only going to be able to unload the mobile home with no gain to the Penrods.
The Penrods trusted their broker and let him complete the transaction. To the brokerÕs chagrin, the Penrods later were friendly enough with the new buyers that they helped the new owners winterize the mobile home. During this process, they talked about the sale and learned that the mobile home actually sold for far more than the broker had stated. The broker had pocketed the difference while telling the Penrods that they would get nothing.
The Penrods sued. At trial, the jury was so angry at the broker that it awarded the Penrods $30,000 additional damages in order to punish the broker. The broker appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court which held:
In this case the jury found that appellants were guilty of fraud. Appellants were apparently found to have breached their professional duties to act in the utmost good faith and to disclose all material facts to the Penrods before dealing for their own benefit. See generally Jory v. Bennight, 91 Nev. 763, 542 P.2d 1400 (1975); Holland Rlty. v. Nev. Real Est. Comm'n, supra. Furthermore, the evidence at trial disclosed that Northern Nevada has a substantial net worth. There has been no suggestion made by appellants that the award in this case would result in financial annihilation. See Tahoe Village Realty v. DeSmet, 95 Nev. 131, 590 P.2d 1158 (1979). In light of appellants' conduct and their financial status, we do not believe the award of $30,000 punitive damages was excessive.
3. The other contentions raised by appellants have been considered, and we find them to be without merit.
The judgment is affirmed.
Northern Nevada Mobile Home Brokers v. Penrod, 610 P.2d 724, 96 Nev. 394 (Nev., 1980)
The moral of this story is that sellers need to watch out for corrupt agents and agents need to mind their morals or risk huge punitive damage awards from angry juries. $30,000 went a long way to finance medical school in the 1980s.
January 7, 2012
Manufactured Homes Are Not Necessarily Mobile Homes In Nevada
The Nevada Supreme Court has identified a huge distinction between what constitute manufactured homes and what constitute mobile homes. Many people refer to them synonymously, however the distinction can matter a great deal when it comes to zoning laws and CC&Rs:
The problem here is that the subdivision's CC&Rs do not mention the term "manufactured home." The Diaz family argues that a manufactured home is not a mobile home. Although the district court concluded that the term "mobile home" unambiguously includes a "manufactured home," we cannot agree. We conclude that a "manufactured home" is distinct from a "mobile home," both in popular meaning and in the Nevada statutes.
Nevada statutes clearly draw a distinction between a manufactured home and a mobile home. NRS 489.113 provides, in pertinent part:
1. "Manufactured home" means a structure which is:
(a) Built on a permanent chassis;
(b) Designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation as a dwelling when connected to utilities;
(c) Transportable in one or more sections; and
(d) Eight feet or more in body width or 40 feet or more in body length when transported, or, when erected on site, contains 320 square feet or more.
2. The term includes:
(a) The plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems of the structure.
(b) Any structure:
(1) Which meets the requirements of paragraphs (a) to (c), inclusive, of subsection 1, and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification required by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and complies with the standards established under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. ¤¤ 5401 et seq.; or
(2) Built in compliance with the requirements of chapter 461 of NRS.
In contrast, NRS 489.120 defines a "mobile home," in pertinent part, as follows:
1. "Mobile home" means a structure which is:
(a) Built on a permanent chassis;
(b) Designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation as a dwelling when connected to utilities; and
(c) Transportable in one or more sections.
. . . .
3. The term does not include a recreational park trailer, travel trailer, commercial coach or manufactured home or any structure built in compliance with the requirements of chapter 461 of NRS.
In addition, the subject matter and title of NRS chapter 461 is "Manufactured Buildings" and the chapter sets forth the standards for construction. NRS 461.080 defines "factory-built housing" as follows:
"Factory-built housing" means a residential building, dwelling unit or habitable room thereof which is either wholly manufactured or is in substantial part manufactured at an off-site location to be wholly or partially assembled on-site in accordance with regulations adopted by the Division pursuant to NRS 461.170, but does not include a mobile home or recreational park trailer.
(Emphasis added.) Furthermore, NRS 461.030, which sets forth the policy of the state, provides, in pertinent part:
2. The legislature further finds and declares that by minimizing the problems of standards and inspection procedures, it is demonstrating its intention to encourage the reduction of housing construction costs and to make housing and home ownership more feasible for all residents of the State.
These legislative provisions were in effect in 1987 when the CC&Rs were filed. Therefore, we must presume that the drafters of the CC&Rs were aware of the distinction between manufactured homes and mobile homes recognized by the Nevada Legislature and its express policy. If the drafters of the CC&Rs had intended to exclude manufactured homes from lots designated for single-family residences, they would have explicitly done so.
Diaz v. Ferne, 120 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 12 (Nev. 2/25/2004), 120 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 12 (Nev., 2004)
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If you own a mobile home park in Las Vegas, you should consider placing the park in an LLC or corporation to protect you from liability and you will also need a lawyer to represent your company in court.
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If you live in a North Las Vegas trailer park and need to challenge an eviction, be prepared to pay a lawyer several hundred dollars to hear your case and represent you in court.
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You may be considering investing money in a trailer park in Nevada, it is advised to have an attorney be involved in the purchase.
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When a trailer is abandoned on a lot in an estate, a lawyer may be necessary to represent the owner in court.
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Trailer lawyers that will represent you in Henderson are rare, you may call Anthony Wright, attorney at law.
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