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§ 5401.
Findings and purposes
Congress finds that—
manufactured housing plays a vital role in meeting the housing needs of the Nation; and
manufactured homes provide a significant resource for affordable homeownership and rental housing accessible to all Americans.
The purposes of this chapter are—
to protect the quality, durability, safety, and affordability of manufactured homes;
to facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and to increase homeownership for all Americans;
to provide for the establishment of practical, uniform, and, to the extent possible, performance-based Federal construction standards for manufactured homes;
to encourage innovative and cost-effective construction techniques for manufactured homes;
to protect residents of manufactured homes with respect to personal injuries and the amount of insurance costs and property damages in manufactured housing, consistent with the other purposes of this section;
to establish a balanced consensus process for the development, revision, and interpretation of Federal construction and safety standards for manufactured homes and related regulations for the enforcement of such standards;
to ensure uniform and effective enforcement of Federal construction and safety standards for manufactured homes; and
to ensure that the public interest in, and need for, affordable manufactured housing is duly considered in all determinations relating to the Federal standards and their enforcement.
(Pub. L. 93–383, title VI, § 602, Aug. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 700; Pub. L. 96–399, title III, § 308(c)(4), Oct. 8, 1980, 94 Stat. 1641; Pub. L. 97–35, title III, § 339B(c), Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 417; Pub. L. 106–569, title VI, § 602, Dec. 27, 2000, 114 Stat. 2997.)
cite as: 42 USC 5401