Reference Number: 
CTAS-685

Manufactured homes which are not affixed to land, and those which are affixed to land owned by someone other than the owner of the manufactured home, are issued certificates of title.  For manufactured homes that are affixed to the owner’s land and for which an Affidavit of Affixation has been recorded, no certificate of title is necessary.  For example, it is not necessary to issue a certificate of title for a new manufactured home purchased by a land owner to be affixed to that land if the owner is filing an Affidavit of Affixation with the register of deeds.

If a certificate of title previously has been issued for a manufactured home that is affixed to the owner’s land, the owner may surrender the title for cancellation by providing the following documentation to the county clerk:

  1. Certificate of title to the manufactured home duly endorsed to show release of any lienholders;
  2. Certified copy of deed to real property to which the manufactured home as been affixed as recorded in the register’s office; and
  3. Certified copy of affidavit of affixation recorded in the register’s office.

T.C.A. § 55-3-138.

No fee is provided in the statute for either the county clerk or the state for the surrender of the certificate of title.

The surrender of the certificate of title is not mandatory.  The owner may choose to continue to hold a certificate of title for the manufactured home, even though it is affixed to real estate owned by him or her.

If the owner of a manufactured home who has surrendered the certificate of title later wants to have the title reissued (which may happen if the owner sells the manufactured home without selling the real property), this may be done by applying for a new certificate of title with the county clerk and providing the following:

  1. An abstract of title showing legal ownership of the manufactured home and real property and any mortgages recorded on the real property;
  2. For every lienholder shown on the title abstract, either a release of the lien or a lienor’s statement that the lien is to be recorded on the certificate of title; and
  3. Payment of the required fees for issuance of the certificate of title.

T.C.A. § 55-3-139.