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14.171 Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards
HOUSING, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act, Title VI, Public Law 93-383; 42 U.S.C. 5401 et seq., as amended; Public Laws 95-128 and 96-3.
To protect the quality, durability, safety and affordability of manufactured homes; to facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and to increase home ownership for all Americans; to provide for the establishment of practical, uniform, and, to the extent possible, performance-based Federal construction standards for manufactured homes; to encourage innovative and cost-effective construction techniques for manufactured homes; and to protect residents of manufactured homes with respect to personal injuries and the amount of insurance costs and property damages in manufactured housing.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Manufacturers who build "manufactured homes" as defined by the Act, for sale in the United States are subject to the Act and must comply with preemptive Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (24 CFR 3280). Designs of homes are reviewed for compliance, and homes are inspected during construction by HUD-approved third-party inspection agencies. Consumers receiving defective homes have recourse, ranging from the right to be notified that their home contains a defect, to correction by the manufacturer of serious defects and imminent safety hazards. Dealers are prohibited from selling homes which they know are not in compliance with the Federal Standards. In addition, recent changes to the Act now require the Department, within 5 years of the date of enactment, to establish model installation standards for siting new manufactured homes and a program to administer and enforce those Standards. During the interim, States may continue to enforce existing requirements for installation of new manufactured homes. However, States and manufacturers are prohibited from establishing or implementing new installation standards which provide less protection to manufactured home residents then were previously in effect. While these installation standards will cover the joining of all sections, anchoring, stabilizing and support systems, and foundations on which the homes are sited, they do not provide jurisdiction over on-site improvements such as utilities, driveways, porches, etc.
Applicant Eligibility: Any purchaser of a manufactured home built on or after June 15, 1976, for residential use is automatically covered by the program.
Pre-application Coordination: Not required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 86-5271-0-2-376, 86-8119-0-7-376.
Regulatory oversight of over 200,000 Manufactured homes per year.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards appear in the Code of Federal Regulations at 24 CFR 3280, et seq.; Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations appear at 24 CFR 3282, et seq.
Regional or Local Office: None.
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