Marvin M. Moore


In the past decade, house trailers have dramatically increased their share of the housing market in the United States….The manner in which mobile homes are dealt with under our zoning laws is therefore a matter of some importance. Surprisingly, comparatively little has been written regarding the zoning of mobile homes and trailer parks. The purpose of this article is to lessen this deficiency. The writer proposes to examine the subject by considering the following aspects of mobile home regulation: the need for mobile homes or a similar type of housing; the objectionable features of house trailers and trailer parks; the constitutional and legislative authority to regulate trailer homes and trailer courts; the specific zoning restrictions employed by American communities; the classification of mobile homes as nonconforming uses, and the regulation of house trailers by means of private covenants.