Articles | April 2022

The Ins and Outs of Florida Community Living

Many of Florida’s manufactured home residents live in a community setting, which offers top-of-the-line amenities and scenic views. But what, exactly, is a manufactured home community?

Here, we will break down the ins and outs of Florida community living and go over just what makes them so appealing for thousands of Floridians.

Land-Lease Community Basics and Benefits

In a Florida manufactured home community, also known as a land-lease community, you own your manufactured home while leasing the land that it sits on.

This type of manufactured home lifestyle is a good option for several reasons. First, it means that those who are retired can live in communities geared towards age 55 and up, delivering an active, yet relaxing lifestyle.

It also means that prospective residents can buy a manufactured home directly from the community owner or use a realtor to buy from the homeowner. The community may work with lenders if a homebuyer requires home financing.

There are two main types of communities. As we mentioned earlier, in an age-restricted community, residents must be of retirement age to live. In an all-ages community, there is no age requirement to be a resident.

Typical Community Guidelines

Every community will have a set of rules that its residents must follow. The requirements may differ from community to community, but generally, you can expect to see the following:

  • Specific dates for lot rent payment and any other fees
  • Requirements for home and lot maintenance
  • Proper usage of the community’s amenities
  • The allowance of pets and any breed restrictions in your community
  • Information on trash pickup and billing of other utilities
  • Rules around parking and visitors to the community

If you purchase a manufactured home in a community, you’ll be provided with a disclosure document or prospectus detailing the rights and responsibilities of the community owner and residents.

Scenic Resort-Style Living

Communities in Florida offer some of the most picturesque views any manufactured home resident in the United States can ask for.

Whether you move near the Gulf or Atlantic for the beautiful beaches, find a home in the Panhandle among lush national parks, or want to live near Florida’s top tourist attractions, Florida has it all. And there’s no shortage of manufactured home communities all across the state, meaning that no resident can go wrong when it comes to scenic resort-style living in the Sunshine State.

Amenities

Florida’s manufactured home communities provide residents with some of the nation’s best settings and amenities. While no two communities are alike in terms of the amenities they offer, some of the most popular features you’ll find at communities across the state include:

  • Pools and spas
  • Community centers and lounges
  • Athletic courts for pickleball, shuffleboard, and other fun sports
  • Walking trails and dog parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Lakefront or ocean views

You may even find a Florida manufactured home community with a golf course onsite! That, coupled with the state’s year-round warm weather, makes the perfect environment for a round of 18.

How to Contact a Community

If you’re interested in living in a Florida manufactured home community, look no further. FMHA makes it incredibly easy to contact FMHA-affiliated communities. Explore Florida manufactured home communities through our website today.