When a manufactured home is sold, many people just sign off on the title, exchange it for money from the buyer and believe the process is complete. This can be a dangerous thing to do. The title is the legal ownership document. Even if you sell the manufactured home, you are responsible for the taxes until the title is legally transferred in to the new owners name in the Assessor’s office. To ensure that you don’t get surprised with a tax bill, follow the steps provided below.
For questions or more information about the above procedures, contact the Assessor’s Office at 208-587-2126.
Manufactured homes are classified and taxed as ‘Residential Personal Property’, unlike land and stick-built homes which are taxed as ‘Real Property’. The law treats these two property types differently and so do mortgage companies. Many mortgage companies will not finance a manufactured home unless it has been declared real property. To have a manufactured home declared as real property, it must be on a permanent, fixed foundation. The title of the manufactured home must match the deed of the land it is sitting on. In other words, the same person (people) must own the land and the manufactured home and their names must appear exactly the same on both the land and the title to the manufactured home. If these requirements have been met, then executing the following steps will complete the process of declaring a mobile home as real property.
Once this process is completed, the manufactured home and land will be assessed and taxed as one unit. There will no longer be separate assessment notices for the manufactured home and land.
For questions or more information about the above procedures, contact the Assessor’s Office at 208-587-2126 Ext 507.
A declaration of real property can be reversed but a 30 day written notice to the Assessor’s office is required per Idaho Code 63-305(3) . If the manufactured home will be moved, the new location must be indicated on this notice. Please follow the steps provided to have your manufactured home valued as personal property again.
For more information on the above procedures, contact the Assessor’s office at 208-587-2126.
Before making arrangements to move a manufactured home, it is best to contact the Assessor’s office at 208-587-2126. We can take you step-by-step through the process. We will also update your mailing address information to ensure you continue to receive important mail from the county after your move. Ensuring the status of your Homeowners exemption is correct is also vital to this process.
If you are moving your manufactured home out of Elmore County, the current year’s property taxes must be prepaid. A reputable mover will not hook onto the home for transport unless the owner provides the receipt from the Treasurer’s office showing that the taxes are prepaid.
Depending upon the new location of the manufactured home, a permit to move the home must be obtained from the Planning and Zoning department. Each city and town have their own Planning and Zoning department. The County also has a Planning and Zoning department that handles properties outside of city limits. The Assessor’s office can help you determine which Planning and Zoning department you should contact for your move.
The Idaho-shaped sticker on your manufactured home is attached to the home or given to the home owner by the Assessor’s Office every year. This sticker indicates that the home is on the assessment roll. It does not indicate that taxes have been paid, however. The sticker must be displayed on the side of the home that faces the street. If your manufactured home is “Declared Real”, you will not receive the sticker. If the Assessor notes a home without this sticker, steps will be taken to ensure this home is placed on the assessment roll and properly taxed.
For more information contact the Assessor’s Office at or 208-587-2126.