Law change regarding manufactured homes and STAR
Beginning in 2022, most manufactured homes are no longer eligible for the STAR exemption. The following types of property are eligible for the STAR credit only—not the STAR exemption—as long as the manufactured home is included in the landowner’s assessment
- manufactured homes in parks, and
- manufactured homes on land that is owned by someone else.
Exception: Manufactured homes that are receiving an exemption other than STAR, such as a veterans or senior citizens exemption, should be separately assessed from the landowner. Therefore, they can continue to receive a STAR exemption.
Benefits to manufactured home owners
There are two benefits that many manufactured home owners will receive as a result of this change:
- The STAR credit for manufactured homes is based on a minimum full value of $20,000. Manufactured homes that received a STAR exemption in 2021 and had an assessed value below $20,000 receive an increased benefit beginning in 2022.
- Manufactured home park owners are no longer entitled to deduct a 2% administrative fee from the STAR exemption savings for passing the benefit along to unit owners.
Questions and answers
Q. May a new homeowner in a manufactured home park who will receive a veterans or senior exemption also receive a STAR exemption?
A. No. New homeowners, including new owners of manufactured homes, are not eligible for the STAR exemption. New homeowners should register for the STAR credit. We recommend sharing this STAR fact sheet with new homeowners.
Q. In 2022, a manufactured home was separately assessed because the owner qualified for the senior citizens exemption. The owner was also receiving an Enhanced STAR exemption. In 2023, their income for the applicable income tax year will be above the limit for the senior citizens exemption but below the limit for Enhanced STAR. May they continue to receive the STAR exemption in 2023?
A. They may receive STAR, but not as an exemption. Since they won’t be eligible for the senior citizens exemption in 2023, their unit will be included in the 2023 assessment of the park. STAR exemptions may no longer be granted to manufactured homes that are included in the assessment of parks.
To continue receiving a STAR benefit without interruption, they should register for the STAR credit.