Manufactured Homes

Are mobilehomes the same as manufactured homes?
Yes. The term "mobilehome" was changed in the Revenue and Taxation Code to “manufactured homes” in January, 1992. However, the term “mobilehome parks” is a correct term for communities of manufactured homes.
Are manufactured homes assessable?
Manufactured homes purchased on or after June 30, 1980 and those on permanent foundations are subject to local property taxes. Those purchased before June 30, 1980 may be licensed by the State Department of Housing and Community Development and are not subject to local property taxes if licensed by the state.

If the manufactured home is on the property tax assessment roll, it will receive a base year value, supplemental assessments, and Prop. 8 relief for an economic decline in value.

Is there a minimum size for a manufactured home?
The minimum size is 8' x 40’ or 320 sq.ft. Also, the manufactured home must be on a permanent chassis and intended to be used as a dwelling unit.
What part of the manufactured home is assessable?
The basic structure is assessable. Also assessable are all accessories, including, but not limited to, awnings, fences, windbreakers, storage cabinets, heaters, carport, water coolers, cabanas, porches, and skirting.
How does the assessor determine the value of the manufactured home?
The assessor uses cost and depreciation tables published by the State Board of Equalization and the National Automobile Dealers Association's Mobilehome and Manufactured Housing Appraisal Guide. Value is determined using the cost approach which is based on the replacement cost new of the manufactured home, less normal depreciation for the age of the home at the time of transfer.
If I live in a “five-star” mobilehome park, is the value of the park reflected in my property value?
According to the law, the assessor cannot include any value attributable to a particular site or park influence (including the mobilehome park's management, location, amenities, and space lease or rental fees).
What is the difference between a recreational vehicle, a commercial coach, and factory-built housing?
A recreation vehicle includes a motor home, travel trailer, truck camper or camping trailer, with or without motive power, and designed for recreational or emergency occupancy. A manufactured home is not a "recreational vehicle."

A commercial coach (which is a Department of Motor Vehicle term), is a vehicle, with or without motive power, that is used for industrial, professional, or commercial purposes. A manufactured home is not a “commercial coach.”

Factory-built housing is often called "manufactured housing." It is manufactured offsite to be assembled onsite, has a permanent foundation, and must meet local building codes. A manufactured home is not "factory-built housing."

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