815 KAR 25:060. Licensing of manufactured home retailers

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/815/025/060.htm
Published: 2015

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      815 KAR 25:060. Licensing of manufactured

home retailers.


      RELATES TO: KRS 227.550, 227.570,

227.590, 227.600, 227.610, 227.620



requires the Manufactured Home Certification and Licensure Board to promulgate administrative

regulations governing the standards for the manufacture and sale of

manufactured housing. E.O. 2008-507, effective June 16, 2008, reorganized the

Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction as the Department of Housing,

Buildings and Construction, and established the commissioner, rather than executive

director, as the head of the department. This administrative regulation

establishes standards for licensing persons and companies engaged in the sale

of manufactured and mobile homes.


      Section 1. Definitions. (1)

"Established place of business" is defined by KRS 227.550(5).

      (2) "Hard-surfaced lot" means

an area open to the public during business hours with a surface of concrete, asphalt

or macadam, compacted gravel or stone, or other material of similar characteristics.

      (3) "Offer for sale" means to:

      (a) Display, exhibit, sell, transfer,

exchange, or otherwise advertise a manufactured or mobile home; or

      (b) Negotiate the purchase, sale, or

exchange of a manufactured or mobile home for a fee, commission, compensation,

or other valuable consideration.

      (4) "Office" is defined by KRS


      (5) "Registration" means the

transfer of title or other official recording of change of ownership.

      (6) "Retailer" is defined by

KRS 227.550(4).

      (7) "Suitable sign" means a

permanently-erected sign with the dealership name and type in letters at least

six (6) inches high and at least one and one-half (1 1/2) inches wide.


      Section 2. Exemptions from Licensure as a

Retailer. (1) A manufactured home shall be exempt from licensing and seal requirements

if the unit:

      (a) Is brought into Kentucky for

exhibition purposes only;

      (b) Is not sold in Kentucky; and

      (c) Inspection does not reveal a condition

hazardous to health or safety.

      (2) Real estate developer and retailer

venture. A retail license shall not be required of a

developer who purchases new HUD homes from a licensed Kentucky retailer, places

the homes on a parcel of land, and offers the homes for sale to ultimate

consumers, if the following conditions are met:

      (a) The developer receives

prior written approval from the office;

      (b) The home was installed by

a certified installer;

      (c) The developer owns the

homes and the lots upon which the homes are installed;

      (d) The manufacturer's

warranty period begins upon possession and shall be transferred from the

developer to the consumer-occupant;

      (e) The manufacturer's

warranty support shall be performed in accordance with generally-accepted

standards for retail transactions;

      (f) The manufacturer's

documentation contains the name and location of the:

      1. Developer;

      2. Development; and

      3. Retailer; and

      (g) The retailer and

installer provides the required services as warranted and as required by laws

governing retailer and installer license or certification.

      (3) Retailer’s satellite location.

      (a) An additional license shall not be

required of a fully-licensed retailer for the display or sale of a manufactured

home located on an individual lot, in a subdivision, land-lease community, or

manufactured or mobile home park located within the same or adjoining county as

the licensee;

      (b) A suitable sign identifying the name

and business location of the retailer licensee shall be posted at the location.


      Section 3. License Application. (1)

Except as provided in Section 2 of this administrative regulation, a person

shall not engage in the business of selling manufactured or mobile homes within

this state without holding a valid license issued by the office for each location.

      (2) Before engaging in business, an

applicant shall provide the office with:

      (a) The completed Form HBCMH 2;

      (b) A copy of a valid Kentucky sales tax


      (c) A check or money order for the annual

license fee, in the amount of $250 for a full year, or a reduced amount

prorated on a monthly basis for a period of less than a full year, payable to

the Kentucky State Treasurer;

      (d) Proof of insurance for general

liability coverage that complies with KRS 227.610 in the amount of at least:

      1. $200,000 bodily injury or death for

each person;

      2. $300,000 bodily injury or death for

each accident; and

      3. $100,000 for damage to property; and

      (e) A verified statement that the

applicant complies with zoning and other requirements of the local government

necessary for a business to operate legally.

      (3) A license, unless renewed, revoked,

or suspended, shall expire on:

      (a) For individuals, the last day of the

licensee’s birth month in the following year; or

      (b) For


      1. The licensee’s

month of incorporation in the following year; and

      2. The last day of

the licensee’s birth month in the following year.

      (4) A licensed retailer shall maintain at

least minimum general liability insurance and shall notify the office of a

change in insurance coverage.

      (5) An applicant whose place of business

is in another state and who possesses a valid retailer license in another state


      (a) Be licensed upon completion and

submission of Form HBCMH 2 and compliance with this section;

      (b) Not be required to maintain an

established place of business within Kentucky, if the applicant is not offering

a home for sale within Kentucky; and

      (c) Provide a Kentucky seal for a used

manufactured housing unit sold for delivery into Kentucky.

      (6) The office shall:

      (a) Issue a correction notice to an

applicant within thirty (30) days of receiving a defective or incomplete applicant

specifying the defect;

      (b) Deem the application abandoned and

the fee forfeited for an applicant who fails to submit a corrected application

in accordance with the information supplied on the application correction

notice, within thirty (30) days of receipt; and

      (c) Process as a new application, a

corrected application submitted after the thirty (30) day period.


      Section 4. Qualified Personnel Required: The

Certified Manager. (1) Education requirements. A new retailer license or a

renewal of an existing retailer license shall not be issued unless the retailer

employs at least one (1) person in a management position who has successfully completed

the educational training and departmental testing program administered as part

of the Certified Installer Program under 815 KAR 25:080. The proof of

experience in 815 KAR 25:080, Section 2(1)(d), shall not be required.

      (2) Certification. The office shall

classify a person qualifying under subsection (1) of this section as a

certified manager.

      (3) Exception. A certified manager shall

not be required at each licensed location for a retailer with more than one (1)

in-state location if:

      (a) The retailer has only one (1) set-up,

installation, and delivery system located in Kentucky;

      (b) A certified manager supervises the

work of the system; and

      (c) The arrangement is approved, in

writing, by the office.


      Section 5. Notification by Licensees. (1)

A retailer shall notify the office, in writing, within thirty (30) days of a

change in any of the following:

      (a) Dealership name;

      (b) Location of established business;

      (c) Retailer ownership interest of

twenty-five (25) percent or more within a twelve (12) month period; or

      (d) A principal officer or chief managing

officer of the firm.

      (2) A change in ownership interest of

less than twenty-five (25) percent of the company within a twelve (12) month

period shall be reported at the time of the renewal of the license.

      (3) A new license shall be required if an

established business changes location to a different county.


      Section 6. Maintenance of Records. A retailer shall:

      (1) Maintain the following

information, reported on Form HBCMH 23, for each new or used unit sold:

      (a) Unit serial number;

      (b) B1 or B2 seal number;

      (c) Date manufactured, if


      (d) Make and model of unit;


      (e) Name and address of


      (2) Retain the completed Form

HBCMH 23, for three (3) years; and

      (3) Keep the form available

to a field inspector upon request.


      Section 7. Incorporation by Reference.

(1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

      (a) "Form HBCMH 2, Application for

Manufactured Home Retailer’s License", September 2007; and

      (b) "Form HBCMH 23, Monthly

Manufactured Home Retailer Certification Format", September 2007.

      (2) This material may be inspected,

copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of

Housing, Buildings and Construction, Division of Building Code Enforcement,

Manufactured Housing Section, 101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky

40601-5405, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (27 Ky.R.

2975; Am. 3257; eff. 6-8-2001; 34 Ky.R. 869; 1434; eff. 1-4-2008; 35 Ky.R.

2367; 2746; eff. 7-6-2009.)