Manufactured/mobile homes: Real or personal property?
Buying and selling real property or land with a manufactured or mobile home (“MH”) can be confusing and tricky if you don’t know what you are doing. Generally, a MH is treated as personal property and is regulated by the Manufactured Housing Division of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Ownership and title are shown on a Statement of Ownership and Location form. Many times people assume that if they place a MH on real property, affixing it to the land by either removing the wheels, placing it on a pad or foundation, or placing skirting around it, that it is part of the land it sits on and thus part of the real property. However, it remains personal property even though it appears to be affixed to the land. A MH owner can convert the MH to be part of the real property by electing to do so on their Application for Statement of Ownership and Location. The MH owner must elect to have the MH treated as real property and then must record a certified copy of the Statement of Ownership and Location in the Deed Records of the county of the real property where the MH is located to perfect the conversion of the MH from personal property to real property. If you need help buying or selling property with a mobile home on it and want to make sure the transaction is done properly, contact the Law Office of Roy Neal Linnartz, PLLC at 830-625-9300.
You can also find more information on the website for the Manufactured Housing Division of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/mh/