What is the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home?

Very simply, a mobile home is a home built prior to June 15, 1976. A manufactured home is a home built after June 15, 1976, and adheres to National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974. This Act authorizes the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes to assure quality, durability, safety, and affordability. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. Manufactured homes display a red certification label (HUD label) on the exterior of each transportable section which serves as the manufacturer's guarantee the home was built to conform to the HUD code. Manufactured homes are built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis. On-site additions to a manufactured home (such as garages, decks and porches) often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.

For more information, visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Manufactured Housing Programs at http://hud.gov