Chapter 17, Section A:
Manufactured Homes - General Information
Revised August 28, 2008
A manufactured home is a movable or portable housing structure that exceeds either a width of eight feet or a length of forty feet, constructed to be towed on its own chassis and designed to be installed with or without a permanent foundation for human occupancy.
Manufactured Home as Vehicle
A manufactured home may be thought of as a house that, while it is temporarily on wheels between one permanent location and another, is also a vehicle and is considered to be personal property for tax purposes.
Manufactured Home as Real Property
When a manufactured home is placed on a permanent foundation and its wheels are removed, it is usually entered on the books of the county as real property, subject to real estate taxes instead of personal property taxes, and is no longer a vehicle.
Problems with Titling of Manufactured Homes
That is the correct process, and is the usual process today. Historically, though, many manufactured homes were never properly titled and registered when they were new. And, if the manufactured home was never titled as a vehicle when it was new, it cannot simply be reactivated now.
In that case a new title must be created, requiring all of the usual new-title paperwork, which in many cases cannot be found. In these cases, follow the, as described in Section F and in PQU#12. If complete documentation cannot be produced, a surety bond process may be required.