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How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

Friday, July 27, 2018

The “National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974” became federal law on June 15, 1976, and provided the framework of what we now know as the HUD Code, a national building code for manufactured/mobile homes. It was the first, and remains the only, national building code.


    A HUD-approved inspection agency supervises and inspects manufactured homes at the factory for HUD-code compliance. Each home receives a “HUD Certification Label,” commonly called a “HUD tag,” affixed on the exterior of each section of the home, certifying approval. A “HUD number” is imprinted on the tag, and the number (or numbers, for a double or triple-wide) are listed on the paper data plate inside the home, along the name of the inspection agency. An example is shown above.

   But there are no guidelines for upgrading a pre-1976 mobile home to HUD requirements, and no inspection agency authorized to inspect an upgrade. So, while improving the structural integrity, insulation, and overall safety of an old mobile home is a good thing to do, you cannot get a HUD tag for your improvements to a pre-1976 home.   

    Go to our HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page for a listing of our other HUD-code articles. Also, see our blog posts How fireproof is a mobile home? and Are older mobile homes unsafe?

       Visit our MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES  page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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