Information for Potential Residents

Below is information about what a manufactured home is, and the rights and responsibilities of manufactured homes residents. Consumers who are considering renting or buying a manufactured home should familiarize themselves with this information.

What is a manufactured home?

A manufactured home is built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and displays a red certification label on the exterior of each transportable section. Manufactured homes are built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis.

Who oversees manufactured homes in Ohio?

The Ohio Department of Commerce oversees the installation of manufactured homes, the licensing and regulation of manufactured home communities, the licensing of installers, dealers, brokers and salespersons, and the certification of inspectors. The Department’s oversight sets the guidelines under which industry professionals operate to facilitate their business, and ensure the safety of residents.

What do I need to know about the installation of a manufactured home?

In the state of Ohio, there is a set process is for the installation of manufactured homes. Every home installed must follow this process, regardless of size, make, model year or where the home was previously located. Read the Manufactured Home Installation Guide for more information.

All manufactured homes installers in Ohio must be licensed. Learn more about manufactured homes installer requirements, or find a local installer.

Other important information about the installation of manufactured homes in Ohio:

  • Notice to Manufactured Home Buyers: The state of Ohio has adopted laws and rules that regulate the installation of manufactured homes and the installation of foundations (base support systems) for manufactured homes. As a purchaser of a manufactured home, you need to be aware of these laws and rules.
  • Call for Inspections: Newly installed homes must be inspected by a certified inspector, even if you install your home yourself. Find a certified inspector in your area.
  • Notice of Home Installation to County Auditor and Treasurer: When a manufactured home is installed, the licensed installer or homeowner is required to notify the County Auditor’s office of every home installation within 14 days of the installation using this form.

Can I install my own home?

When a home is installed on private land, homeowners often try to save money by agreeing to complete a portion of the installation themselves. The Homeowner/Installer agreement specifies who is responsible for each portion of the installation. If an installation is not completed within the timeframe specified by statute, the agreement may be used to determine who is at fault for the violation. Having a signed agreement could save installers hundreds of dollars in fines and penalties.

Additional Information for Potential Residents

  • Complaint and Dispute Resolution: The Ohio Department of Commerce offers complaint and dispute resolution services for consumers who have an issue with a manufactured homes industry professional. Learn more about these services.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is responsible for the regulation and oversight of manufactured homes to protect consumers, and preserve and promote the affordability, quality, durability and safety of manufactured homes. View the resources available from HUD.