we bought a property in Keyes, Ca. over 2 years ago, an R2 lot with a house on it which we have improved greatly. We planned to put a second dwelling on it, and we have to put in a whole new water & sewer connection in, but it we put in a house or mobile home we have to pay use taxes and school tax like a new house, can we put a park model on the property and avoid those costs, (except the water & sewer costs)?
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I'm not sure whether the "model" is what counts; generally, any kind of mobile or manufactured housing become subject to property taxes when it becomes attached to the real property, i.e. by mounting on a foundation......taxation and jurisdiction shifts from the Department of Motor Vehicles to the County Assessor. Talk to someone in the assessor's office or maybe a well-versed mobile home dealer. Also, check your local zoning laws re mobile homes.....some areas may allow a second dwelling unit, but not a mobile home.