California's Mobile Home Tax Amnesty Expiries Dec.31st
By JEFF COLLINS Orange County Register
All mobile homes, regardless of age, must be registered with the California Department of Housing and Urban Development.
But state housing officials estimate a third of all 520,000 mobile homes in California don’t have proper title and registration.
In the past, current owners wishing to get their homes registered had to pay back taxes, fees and penalties before getting a new title.
To get as many mobile homes as possible back on the tax rolls, the Legislature passed a law in 2016 temporarily forgiving all past-due registration debts when owners apply for a new title.
The program is open to owners of previously registered mobile homes who have never had the title transferred into their own name.
The state forgives all past due taxes and fees accrued before Jan. 1, 2016 — or before the date the home was acquired, if later.
Subsequent taxes and fees, plus a processing charge, must be paid.
The waivers are available both to owners of homes built before July 1980 (who pay fees to the state housing department) & those built after that date (who pay property taxes to the county based on a home’s assessed value).
To date, the state has waived nearly $1.6 million in back taxes, fees and penalties, said Natasha Stanford, lead analyst for the state housing department’s tax waiver program.
For more info & links to application forms: registeryourmobilehomeca.org.
Or call the state housing department at 800-952-8356 or 916-263-5431.