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Is it illegal to remove the HUD tag (verification label) from a mobile/manufactured home?
Thursday, October 25, 2018
HUD has extensive specifications for the design and installation of the required “red tag” on each unit of a mobile home, which you can read about at our blog post What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?. But there is no government penalty that we know of for removing the tag—except that it will likely a create a problem for you later when you are ready to sell or refinance your home.
HUD does not issue replacement tags if yours is missing, but you can get a “Letter of Label (HUD tag) Verification” from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a HUD contractor, by visiting IBTS website at http://www.ibts.org/services/services-in-the-public-good/cert-label-verification.html. You can also call the IBTS Label Department at (703) 481-2010 or via fax at: (703) 437-6894 for assistance. There is a fee and it will be necessary to provide them with documentation, such as the VIN number, or HUD tag number if you know it. For more details, see our blog post What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?.
Also, go to our HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page for a listing of our other HUD-code articles.
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