Mobile Homes

67-5-802. Mobile Homes

(a) (1) Any movable structure and appurtenance which is attached to real property by virtue of being on a foundation, or being underpinned, or connected with any one (1) utility service, such as electricity, natural gas, water, or telephone, shall be assessed for tax purposes as real property as an improvement to the land where located; however, in cases where the movable structures are attached to land occupied and used as trailer or mobile home parks where the owner of the land is renting spaces or lots for maintaining the movable structures, the owner of the movable structures shall be responsible for the additional tax imposed by reason of the improvement, and the owner of the land shall be granted a lien against the movable structure to secure the payment of the municipal and county taxes. Such lien shall constitute a first lien against the movable structure and shall be the only lien granted to the owner of the land without prior notification to any lienholder of record…….

(2) Any such tax shall be collectable by the owner of the mobile home park on a fiscal year basis, or in the alternative, the owner of the mobile home park shall have the right to collect the tax by the month on a pro rata share, together with any monthly rents due the owner.

(b) (1) On or before March 1 of each year, the assessor of property shall furnish to each owner of land used as a mobile home park a schedule approved by the division of property assessments, requiring the owner to list all movable structures as defined in § 67-5-501, which were located on the owner's land as of the assessment date. For purposes of this subsection, "mobile home park" means a parcel or contiguous parcels under common ownership containing three (3) or more rental spaces or lots for movable structures.

(2) It is the duty of each owner of land upon which a movable structure is located to list each such structure, its make, year, serial number, size, original cost and such other pertinent information as may be required by the division of property assessments, sign same and return it to the assessor of property on or before April 1 of each year. The assessor of property shall furnish to each owner of land used as a mobile home park a schedule of the assessed value of each moveable structure on or before July 1 of each year.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to a movable structure being used as a temporary office at a construction site if such movable structure is otherwise assessed.

(d) In order to assist assessors of property in locating mobile homes and other movable structures which are moved onto and attached to land, the state director of fire prevention shall each month provide to assessors of property in the respective counties the names of mobile home owners and the location of property for which electrical inspections have been made.

(e) If the owner of land prevails in a suit for reimbursement of taxes against the owner of a mobile home or other movable structure located on the land, the owner of land shall be entitled to recover the costs of suit including reasonable attorney's fees.