Mobile Home Issues

Mobile Home Issues

Information for owners and tenants in mobile homes.


Common Questions About Mobile Home Law

Read this guide to find answers to the following:

What do I need to know when buying a mobile home?

  • You need to know the condition of the mobile home.
  • You need to make sure that you get proof of your purchase. 
  • You need to make sure that the taxes are paid.

I will be renting a lot in a mobile home park. What do I need to know?

  • Costs to move into the mobile home park
  • Laws, rules, and regulations
  • Unpaid rent
  • Other lease violations
  • Eviction Process

Can I move my mobile home?

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By: Iowa Legal Aid


Mobile Homes in Iowa

This resource concerns the rental of lot space for a mobile home or modular home. If the mobile home itself is rented, a different law, Iowa's regular landlord/tenant act, applies to the rental of the mobile home.

What can I do to protect my rights?

  • Put in writing any important message to your landlord (complaints, requests for repairs, etc.).
  • Make and keep a copy of all such messages.
  • Get a receipt for any payment.

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By: Iowa Legal Aid


Mobile Home Park Issues

How much do you really know about mobile homes? For example, did you know that mobile homes make up a large part of all the housing in this country that is both affordable and unsubsidized (meaning no help from the government)? Did you know that the average mobile home costs about $65,000? Compare that to $200,000 for the average conventional house. No wonder so many people who want to own their own homes consider mobile homes. A mobile home can be a great alternative to a rented apartment or house. In fact, a recent study by the U.S. government found that mobile home owners generally pay less for housing than renters. The study also found that households living in mobile homes had better housing quality and better household stability that households living in rented homes.

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By: Iowa Legal Aid


Mobile Home Ownership

Many have the American dream of owning their own home. For many Iowans, particularly those with low to moderate incomes, purchasing a mobile home can quickly become a nightmare.

Iowa law does not treat a mobile home like a home at all. In fact, Iowa law treats a mobile home more like a vehicle. The mobile home should be registered, like a car. It has a "VIN" number. The title to the mobile home even looks like a car title. There is a place on the title for a "security interest" to be recorded if your purchase of the home was financed by a bank or the mobile home owner. But, like with a house, mobile home owners do have to pay the property taxes.

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By: Iowa Legal Aid