CHAPTER 555C VALUELESS MOBILE, MODULAR, AND MANUFACTURED HOMES
555C.1 DEFINITIONS.
555C.2 REMOVAL OR TRANSFER OF TITLE OF VALUELESS HOME -- PRESUMPTION OF VALUE.
555C.3 NEW TITLE -- THIRD PARTY.
555C.4 REMOVAL BY MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITY OR MOBILE HOME PARK OWNER.
555C.5 LIABILITY LIMITED.
555C.6 RIGHTS OF REAL PROPERTY OWNER.



        

555C.1 DEFINITIONS. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires: 1. "Home" means a mobile home, modular home, or a manufactured home as defined in section 435.1. 2. "Manufactured home community" means a manufactured home community as defined in section 435.1. 3. "Mobile home park" means a mobile home park as defined in section 435.1. 4. "Personal property" includes personal property of the owner or other occupant of the home, which is located in the home, on the lot where the home is located, in the immediate vicinity of the home or lot, or in any storage area provided by the real property owner for use of the home owner or occupant. 5. "Valueless home" means a home located in a manufactured home community or a mobile home park including all other personal property, where all of the following conditions exist: a. The home has been abandoned as defined in section 562B.27, subsection 1, and the home has not been removed after the right to possession of the underlying real estate has been terminated pursuant to chapter 648. b. A lien of record, other than a tax lien as provided in chapter 435, does not exist against the home. A lien exists only if the real property owner receives notice of a lien on the standardized registration form completed by an owner or occupant pursuant to chapter 562B, or a lien has been filed in the state or county records on a date before the home is considered to be valueless. c. The value of the home and other personal property is equal to or less than the reasonable cost of disposal plus all sums owing to the real property owner pertaining to the home.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §1; 2001 Acts, ch 153, §12
        

555C.2 REMOVAL OR TRANSFER OF TITLE OF VALUELESS HOME -- PRESUMPTION OF VALUE. 1. An owner of a manufactured home community or mobile home park may remove, or cause to be removed, from the manufactured home community or mobile home park a valueless home and personal property associated with the home at any time following a determination of abandonment by the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner in accordance with section 562B.27, subsection 1, and an order of removal pursuant to chapter 648 without further notice to the owner or occupant of the valueless home. Within ten days of the removal or transfer of title, the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner shall give written notice to the county treasurer for the county in which the manufactured home community or mobile home park is located by affidavit which shall include a description of the valueless home, its owner or occupant, if known, the date of removal or transfer of title, and if applicable, the name and address of any third party to whom a new title shall be issued. 2. A valueless home and any personal property associated with the valueless home shall be conclusively deemed in value to be equal to or less than the reasonable cost of disposal plus all sums owing to the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner pertaining to the valueless home, if the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner or an agent of the owner removes the home and personal property to a demolisher, sanitary landfill, or other lawful disposal site or if the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner allows a disinterested third party to remove the valueless home and personal property or to leave the home in the manufactured home community or mobile home park in a transaction in which the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner receives no consideration.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §2; 99 Acts, ch 155, §2, 14; 2001 Acts, ch 153,
      §16
         Referred to in § 555C.3
        

555C.3 NEW TITLE -- THIRD PARTY. If a new title to a valueless home is to be issued to a third party, the county treasurer shall issue a new title, upon receipt of the affidavit required in section 555C.2 and payment of a fee pursuant to section 321.47. Any tax lien levied pursuant to chapter 435 is canceled and the ownership interest of the previous owner or occupant of the valueless home is terminated as of the date of issuance of the new title. The new title owner shall take the title free of all rights and interests even though the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter or any judicial proceedings, if the new title owner acts in good faith.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §3; 99 Acts, ch 155, §3, 14; 2001 Acts, ch 153,
      §16; 2004 Acts, ch 1092, §9
        

555C.4 REMOVAL BY MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITY OR MOBILE HOME PARK OWNER. Unless the valueless home is to be titled in the name of a third party, the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner may dispose of a valueless home and any personal property to a demolisher, sanitary landfill, or other lawful disposal site under the terms and conditions as the manufactured home community or mobile home park owner shall determine.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §4; 2001 Acts, ch 153, §16
        

555C.5 LIABILITY LIMITED. A person who removes or allows the removal of a valueless home or transfers title or allows the transfer of title of a valueless home as provided in this chapter is not liable to the previous owner of the valueless home due to the removal or transfer of title of the valueless home.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §5; 99 Acts, ch 155, §4, 14
        

555C.6 RIGHTS OF REAL PROPERTY OWNER. The rights provided in this chapter to a real property owner are not exclusive of other rights of the real property owner.

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 104, §6

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