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Are cheaper mobile homes lower quality?

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The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development sets federal standards for manufactured and mobile home design, construction and installation, so cheaper manufactured and mobile homes are as safe as more expensive models, according to HUD. HUD regulations apply to all manufactured and mobile homes built after 1976.

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HUD officials inspect manufactured and mobile home factories and retailer lots and review records to ensure that manufactured and mobile homes meet HUD standards. HUD regulations prohibit selling or leasing manufactured or mobile homes that do not meet standards. Manufacturers must take steps to correct any problems, including notifying the purchaser. People who violate the statute may face civil or criminal charges, explains HUD. These standards apply to all manufactured and mobile home manufacturers and retailers that use any type of interstate communication or transportation in their businesses.

Thirty-five states have manufactured and mobile home installation standards, and HUD reviews the dispute resolution process in these states. The other 15 states use the federal home installation program, and HUD administers the dispute resolution process in these states. The Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program began on Feb. 8, 2008, and provides timely resolution of disputes between manufacturers, installers and retailers. HUD officials determine responsibility and issue appropriate repair orders. Home owners may have to initiate the process, but only observe once HUD officials start the process, reports HUD's website.

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