Government regulations – sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them. The Maine Manufactured Housing Board was established to regulate the industry and protect the consumer when “fly by night” companies decided to get into the business.
According to their website: “The primary responsibilities of the board are to examine and license qualified applicants, to promulgate rules defining the qualifications and professional standards of manufacturers, dealers and installers of manufactured housing, to investigate complaints against its licensees, and to take appropriate disciplinary action against noncompliance with its statute and rules.”
To simplify, these are some of the things the Maine Manufactured Housing Board does:
- Requires a pre-license qualifying education program.
- Requires all manufactured home installers to have current certificates of insurance on file with the Housing Board.
- Requires all homes to have a warranty seal from the installer placed within the new home.
- Allows a consumer to file a complaint and receive help resolving their complaint.
- Allows consumers to research their data base for licensee disciplinary actions.
- Allows consumers to research if a builder is licensed.
For the most part the Maine Manufactured Housing Board serves its purpose well. On occasion the Housing Board has to protect the builder from an unethical consumer, as well as saving a consumer from an unethical builder. As far as government agencies go, this particular one seems to be right on target. They take their duties seriously, form their regulations thoughtfully and follow through with enforcing compliance.Read More