In June 1976, HUD began requiring all newly built mobile homes to conform to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards. Soon after, in 1980, the government mandated the term “mobile home” be changed to “manufactured home” in all federal documents in order to differentiate homes built using the new standards.
Confusingly, many in the industry still use “mobile home” and “manufactured home” as interchangeable terms. Technically, the difference is when it was built.
Today, manufactured homes are designed better and built with higher quality materials than in decades past.
To indicate compliance with the HUD standards, manufactured homes are required to display a HUD certification label located at the rear end of each section of the house. Mobile homes built prior to June 15, 1976 do not have these HUD certification labels, nor do modular homes.
In summary, a manufactured home is a mobile home built after June 15, 1976 that conforms to HUD standards and displays a HUD certification label.