What is a Manufactured Home?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a manufactured home as “a singe-family house constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment, built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards". These standards are better known as the HUD code.
A manufactured home built after June 15, 1976 is in compliance of the HUD code. The metal certification label affixed to the exterior of each transportable section signifies that the house has been designed, constructed, tested and inspected by a third party to comply with the HUD code. In addition to design and construction, this code also lays out standards for strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency, heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems as well as quality control both by the manufacturer’s inspectors as well as a third party agency.
The data plate is a paper certificate that is issued by the manufacturer giving more details about the house. It is attached inside the home. The data plate provides the name and address of the manufacturing plant, serial number and model design, date of manufacture, a statement that the home construction complies with the HUD code, the certification label number(s), details of factory installed equipment, the roof load zone and wind load zone that applies to the home’s design and the approving agency for the home’s design.
To protect the buyer, HUD requires you to sign a placement certificate agreeing that you are satisfied with the installation of your home. This is required for the lender to release any agreed funding for your home. If you encounter any construction related problems after moving in, you should contact HUD or the State Administrative Agency for help.