By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
A mobile or manufactured home is often the only affordable option for low-income families but many lack proper title and registration. Following the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma, California state officials are advising all such homeowners to secure the proper title to their properties and, for a limited time, many back fees and taxes will be waived.
According to Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, there are good reasons to ensure that mobile homes are properly registered and titled. These include the option to buy flood and fire insurance, which could have helped mobile home owners following the recent wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Homeowners can also more easily sell or legally transfer title to their heirs or acquire building permits for renovations. They can also be eligible for financial assistance from utility companies.
The state fee and tax waiver program — Register Your Mobilehome California — waives certain state and local fees and taxes. These can help mobile homeowners save thousands of dollars. A website – RegisterYourMobilehomeCA.org – explains more or homeowners can also call (800) 952-8356 to learn about the program.