The Office of Manufactured Housing (MHS) administers the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (the Act). This Act authorizes HUD to establish federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes to assure quality, durability, safety, and affordability. HUD standards may preempt state and local laws that do not conform to the HUD standards. The Office enforces standards directly or through state agencies, inspects factories and retailer lots, regulates installation standards for the homes, administers a dispute resolution program for defects, establishes and collects a fee for each home built, authorizes a "HUD Label" to be placed on homes that meet the HUD standards, and pursues a civil or criminal action for violations of the Act. The Office of Manufactured Housing also oversees a Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (a federal advisory committee, composed of twenty-one producers, users, general interest and public officials to advise HUD), hires contractors to assist in program administration, and cooperates with other federal agencies such as DOE and EPA on crosscutting issues. It also provides technical assistance to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Minimum Property Standards.
The Manufactured Housing Program is a national HUD program established to protect the health and safety of the owners of manufactured (mobile) homes through the enforcement of the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards and administration of dispute resolution. Please feel free to email us with your comments or questions.