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Friday, Nov 25, 2022

Know the difference: Mobilehome vs. Manufactured Home

Are you aware of the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home? They sound interchangeable but they actually have two different definitions. Both are built in a factory and transported to the location where they will be set up. The definitions for manufactured home and mobile homes are located in the California Health and Safety Code.

Mobilehomes and manufactured home share the following criteria:

  • transportable in one or more sections
  • eight body feet or more in width
  • OR 40 body feet or more in length in the traveling mode
  • OR is 320 or more square feet when erected on site
  • built on a permanent chassis
  • designed to be used as a single-family dwelling with or without a foundation when connected to the required utilities
  • includes plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems contained within the structure

The main differences between the two are found in the construction and safety requirements.

  • A manufactured home is a structure built on or after June 15, 1976, and includes any structure that meets all of the above requirements and meets standards of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.
  • A mobilehome is a structure that built prior to June 15, 1976, and includes any structure that meets all the above requirements and complies with the state standards for mobilehomes in effect at the time of construction.

Source: California Department of Housing and Community Development, and California Legislative Information

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