2020 Alaska Statutes
Title 45. Trade and Commerce
Chapter 30. Sales of Mobile Homes
Sec. 45.30.011. Mobile home warranties.
(a) After August 27, 1980, a new mobile home sold by a mobile home dealer to a buyer is subject to a mobile home warranty. A mobile home warranty shall be set out in a separate written document entitled “Mobile Home Warranty,” which shall be delivered to the buyer by the mobile home dealer at the time a contract of sale is signed. The warranty must contain the name, address, and telephone number of the mobile home manufacturer and the mobile home dealer and must include at least the following provisions:
(1) the mobile home is free from any substantial defects in materials and workmanship;
(2) the manufacturer or dealer, or both, shall take appropriate action at the site of the mobile home to correct substantial defects in materials or workmanship that become evident within one year of the date of delivery of the mobile home to the buyer if the buyer, or a transferee of the buyer, gives written notice of the defect by registered or certified mail addressed to the business address of the manufacturer or dealer on a date that is not more than one year and 10 days after date of delivery of the mobile home;
(3) the manufacturer and the dealer are jointly and severally liable to the buyer, or a transferee of the buyer, for the fulfillment of the terms of warranty, and the buyer may notify the manufacturer or the dealer, or both, in the event action is required to correct substantial defects in materials or workmanship;
(4) the warranty is applicable to the mobile home structure, its plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, and all appliances and equipment installed or included in the mobile home unit by the manufacturer or dealer; and
(5) notwithstanding separate warranties applicable to appliances contained within a mobile home unit issued by the manufacturers of the appliances, primary responsibility for appropriate corrective action under the warranty rests with the manufacturer and the dealer of the mobile home unit, and written notice of defects must be initially reported to them.
(b) The warranty provided under (a) of this section is in addition to, and not in derogation of, all other rights and remedies that a buyer may have under any other law or instrument.
(c) The manufacturer and the dealer may not require the buyer to waive the buyer's rights under (a) of this section. A waiver of rights required by a manufacturer or dealer is contrary to public policy and is unenforceable.
(d) A mobile home dealer shall display a notice of reasonable size stating the applicability of the warranty required by this section, and shall, upon request, provide a sample copy of the warranty. The notice shall be posted in each area in which purchase orders and sales contracts for mobile homes are written.
(e) The manufacturer shall compensate a mobile home dealer who incurs expenses as a result of warranty obligations for which the manufacturer is legally responsible or for obligations that the manufacturer imposes upon the dealer. A provision of contract which is contrary to this subsection is void as against public policy.
(f) In this section, a defect is “substantial” if it materially affects the fitness of the mobile home for occupancy or use by the buyer or a transferee.