Mobile Home Tax Reassessment

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The Problem

Mobile homes depreciate over time, unlike other forms of real estate. Because the tax assessment system makes no provision for that reality, mobile home taxes are accurate only in the first years after purchase, and become increasingly inaccurate each year thereafter. Ultimately, some of these homeowners end up with a tax liability several times higher than reasonably expected. Mobile homes are the only form of property that require periodic assessment appeals to maintain equitable agreement to actual value.

The Pilot

A small local reassessment project came to the attention of United Way of Chester County who, after learning more about the issue, were determined to help this population and focus the reassessments on two specific neighborhoods as a pilot endeavor. United Way partnered with the Honey Brook Food Pantry and engaged Legal Aid of SEPA to assist with hearings and paperwork. The partnership hopes to continue this important work and scale it to assist all mobile home owners in Chester County who may be in a similar situation.

The Results

For More Information

United Way of Chester County, in partnership with Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania is offering assistance to mobile home owners in Chester County to file for property tax reassessment appeals in 2020. We will do all the work and pay the fees on behalf of the homeowners in the program. For more information or to be considered for the 2020 reassessments, please download our flyer, call 610-429-9400, or email mobilehome@uwchesterchester.org.