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They are probably referring to the old HUD Minimum Property Standards. HUD maintained the MPS essentially as the “code” for one- and two-family dwellings up through the 80’s, until CABO started developing the One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code. (Which eventually became the basis for the IRC.)


The last edition of the Minimum Property Standards dates from 1994 and is on-line at HUD at this point has largely gone to using the IRC (and/or IBC) as the basic requirements, but the introductory material seems to indicate that there are some durability provisions in the MPS that are not in the I-Codes but which should be followed for FHA properties.




Gary J. Ehrlich, PE
Program Manager, Structural Codes & Standards
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
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From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 1:36 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: HUD guidelines for stick built homes?


Phone calls for FHA inspections are increasing with this recent mortgage debacle.  Some requests are to review stick built home foundations for compliance with HUD guidelines.  Is there such a thing?  I searched on line at HUDuser and called their help line but haven't gotten any information yet.


Is this a case where overly protective loan originators are making things up or is there such a guideline for stick-built housing?


Jim Wilson

Stroudsburg, PA