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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department of Housing And Community Development
Chapter 95. Virginia Manufactured Home Safety Regulations

13VAC5-95-90. Consumer complaints.

A. The administrator shall receive all consumer complaints on manufactured homes reported to DHCD by owners, dealers, distributors, local building officials, and other state or federal agencies. The administrator may request all consumer complaints to be submitted by letter or on a form supplied by DHCD or in another format acceptable by the administrator.

B. The administrator may conduct, or cause to be conducted, an on-site inspection of a manufactured home at the request of the owner reporting a complaint with the home or under the following conditions with the permission of the owner of the home:

1. The dealer, distributor, or manufacturer requests an on-site inspection;

2. The reported complaint indicates extensive and serious noncompliances;

3. Consumer complaints lead the administrator to suspect that a class of homes may be similarly affected; or

4. Review of manufacturer's records, corrective action, and consumer complaint records leads the administrator to suspect secondary or associated noncompliances may also exist in a class of homes.

C. When conducting an on-site inspection of a home involving a consumer complaint, the administrator may request the dealer, distributor, and manufacturer of the home to have a representative present to coordinate the inspection and investigation of the consumer complaint.

D. After reviewing the complaint report or the on-site inspection of the home involved, the administrator shall, where possible, indicate the cause of any nonconformance and, where possible, indicate the responsibility of the manufacturer, dealer, distributor, or owner for the noncompliance and any corrective action necessary.

E. The administrator shall notify the manufacturer of the home in writing of any consumer complaint concerning that home reported to the administrator. The administrator shall refer any such reported complaint to HUD, to the SAA in the state where the manufacturer is located, and, as necessary, to the inspection agency involved with certifying the home.

F. The administrator shall assist the owner, dealer, distributor, installer, and manufacturer in resolving consumer complaints.

G. The administrator shall monitor the manufacturer's performance to assure compliance with Subpart I (24 CFR 3282.401 et seq.) of the federal regulations for consumer complaint handling and shall take such actions as are necessary to ensure compliance of all involved parties with applicable state and federal regulation.

Statutory Authority

§ 36-85.7 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 12, eff. April 15, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 25, eff. September 10, 2014.

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