Seller didnt disclose back taxes or ownership on property they sold me can I sue

Asked by gildezel, Arcadia, CA Fri Feb 8, 2013

I bought a mobile home from mobile park in 2010 when asked for title because I want to sell the seller of the park could not produce title and avised there was back taxes due on the home.This was not disclosed at the time of sale.

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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Ron, shame on you for continuing to insist that the Department of Motor Vehicles has anything whatsoever to do with Manufactured homes. Any/all registration and/or title issues are regulated by the California Housing and Community Development Department, (HCD) Division of Codes and Standards.

Please refer to the link below for current and accurate information. If you went to the DMV this is where they would refer you so don't waste you time with them.

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Whether it's a considered Local Property Tax (LPT) or In lieu of Property Tax (ILP),

There are two methods of taxing Mobilehomes. One is Local Property Taxation (LPT) the other is In Lieu Taxation (ILT). Mobilehomes subject to Local Property Tax (LPT) are assessed by the Assessor's Office, as personal property, and taxes are collected by the Tax Collector's Office of the county in which the Mobilehomes are located.
When there is any change of registered ownership on a mobilehome subject to Local Property Tax, a TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE, issued by the County Tax Collector's office is required, in addition to other required documents.
The following Mobilehomes are subject to Local Property Tax (LPT):
1. All Mobilehomes first sold new on or after July 1, 1980.
2. All Mobilehomes installed on approved permanent foundation systems become real property.
3. Mobilehomes whose owners failed to pay the In Lieu Tax between July 1,1980 through May 31,1984.
4. Mobilehomes whose owners request a voluntary transfer to Local Property Tax.
Once a Mobilehome, which was subject to In Lieu Taxation (ILT), becomes subject to Local Property Taxation (LPT) it cannot revert back to In Lieu Taxation.
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Thankyou for your help I have contacted HCD and they advised what to do.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
A MOBILE HOME, in a park, is not considered REAL ESTATE;
It is sold and licensed as a motor vehicle by the Calif. Department of Motor Vehicles.
There is a Sales Tax and a License on it, but no property taxes, because there is no Real Estate involved.
Likewise; there are no DISCLOSURES because it is not Real Estate.

If it has been 3 years, surely these things have become evident to you.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Anyone can sue anyone for anything. Whether it is worth your time and cost is another question. We ar not attorneys, so I suggest you consult one privately about this matter.

Good luck to you.
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