Mobile Home Tax Clearance Certificate

If a mobilehome was purchased new after June 30, 1980, or if the payment of annual license fee renewals on a mobilehome are delinquent more than 120 days (except delinquencies which begin after May 31, 1984), a Tax Clearance Certificate is required to be issued by the County Tax Collector prior to transfer of title through California's Housing and Community Development Department.

To issue a Tax Clearance the County Tax Collector requires that an Application for Mobilehome Tax Clearance Certificate be completed and accompanied by either:

1) a copy of the title search from Housing and Community Development;

2) a copy of the pink slip; or

3) a copy of the last registration certificate on the mobilehome.

Following receipt of this information, the Tax Collector performs a search of the tax rolls to verify that mobilehome assessments exist for each applicable tax year following the date the mobilehome was originally entered on the County's tax rolls. Should an assessment for any tax year not be on the tax roll, fees for those years may be collected, as directed by the Assessor's office.

Processing can take up to one week to complete. Upon completion, the Tax Collector will notify you of the amount due and will, following receipt of payment, promptly issue the Tax Clearance Certificate.

Tax Clearance Certificates may also be completed on a walk in basis.  If any portion of the necessary paperwork, including the Tax Clearance Certificate, does not get submitted to HCD, the title cannot be updated.  After HCD has processed the transfer, the Assessor's Office will be notified to change the ownership record on the assessment roll.  Only after such notification is received shall the Seller's name be removed from the assessment roll and the Buyer's name added.


SELLER:  Your responsibility does not end until your name is removed from the assessment roll.  If the title is not changed by HCD, you will continue to receive the tax billing.  Thee is no way to release liability except finalizing the transfer with HCD.  If the taxes do not get paid, the lien will be recorded against you as the owner of record.  Just imagine a situation where ten years after you thought you sold a Mobile Home, a routine credit check discovers ten years of delinquent taxes, plus interest and penalties, all because some paperwork did not get submitted and finished completely.


BUYER:  If you do not receive the annual tax bill by November each year, contact the Tax Collector for a copy.  If your name is not on the bill you may want to check with HCD to determine the status of your transfer.  If it does not get transferred into your name, there will be difficulties if you try to sell or transfer it in the future.  Imagine trying to find the seller after a number of years to clear up some paperwork that did not get done properly.

Visit the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) website for further information.  

A fee of $20.00 will be charged to reissue a Mobilehome Tax Clearance.

Assessor Info & Maps

Online Parcel Search:

Tehama County's Online Parcel Search is an up-to-date county resource for checking secured-roll property values, land values, improvement values, and more.

Secured Roll Property Values:

Current secured roll property values are available online, as well as the current assessor parcel map for your area. The secured roll value is the assessed value used for tax purposes in the current fiscal year.

Property Information:

This property search tool will allow you to find your property by the assessor's parcel number (APN) or by street address. Some parcels, such as vacant land, do not have street addresses, so you will need to use the APN for your search. The parcel detail screen will show your APN, property situs address, and abbreviated legal description. The values section will include land value, improvement value, any exemption amount and the total assessed value.

Assessor Parcel Maps:

Parcel maps are grouped by book-page-parcel. These correspond to the first three parts of your APN. For example, the map containing APN 036-110-15-1 would be referred to as Book 36, Page 11. On that Page, Parcel 15 would be yours.


Clicking the Online Parcel Search link will direct you to an off-site data service.  Some of the data on this site does come directly from the Tehama County Assessor and is frequently updated. While we have a high confidence in the accuracy of this data, we can not be held liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. Neither the Tehama County Assessor nor the County of Tehama have any role in establishing the fees found on this site.  The County Assessor and the County of Tehama assume no responsibility arising from use of this information.

 Click here to Search Parcel Map


Tax Sale

Buyer Beware!  It is your responsibility as a bidder to have investigated any parcels that you wish to bid on. No statements are made nor implied as to what you may use the parcel for if you are the successful bidder. It is recommended you physically look at the property to determine its use.

Public Auction... How It Works

When secured real property remains tax-defaulted for five years, it becomes subject to the Tax Collector's Power to Sell, and may be sold. The county tax collector may offer the property for sale at public auction, a sealed bid sale, or a negotiated sale to a public agency or qualified non-profit organization. Public auctions are the most common way of selling tax-defaulted property. The purpose of offering tax-defaulted property at auction is to collect the unpaid taxes and to convey title of the property to a responsible owner. The auction is conducted by the county tax collector, and the property is sold to the highest bidder. The State Controller's website link offers information about upcoming auctions throughout California.

Tehama County does not sell tax liens for tax-defaulted properties.


Our next sale will be held June 14 - June 17, 2019 and will be an online auction at Bid4Assets.  This re-offer sale will include parcels that were not sold at the original tax sale.

2019 Re-Offer Sale

Assessor's parcel search - information & maps

444 Oak Street Room B
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-5931
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
444 Oak Street Room I
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-2200
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
444 Oak Street Room H
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-7002
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9380 San Benito Avenue
Gerber, CA 96035
(530) 385-1462
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
633 Washington Street Room 11
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-3350
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
633 Washington Street Room 36
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-8020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
955 Main Street, Suite A
Red Bluff, CA 96080 
(530) 527-3335
1504 Solano St.
PO Box 739
Corning, CA 96021
(530) 824-2163
521 Walnut Street
PO Box 429
Red Bluff, CA 96080 
(530) 527-5421

Payment Plans


Any person may elect to pay delinquent taxes in installments at any time prior to 5:00 p.m. on June 30th of the fifth year after the property is declared in default, and prior to the recording of a Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property.


To start an installment plan, or to reinstate a defaulted payment plan, an initial fee of $75.00, plus 20% or more of the total amount needed to redeem your property in full is required. If between April 10th and the date of declaration of default, also pay the current taxes in full. To start a payment plan, please contact our office. 


Not later than April 10th of each fiscal year:

(1) Pay the current taxes in full, and

(2) Make the prescribed installment payment. The prescribed payment is 20% of the original amount due, plus interest. The rate of interest will be 1.5% per month on the unpaid balance.



(1) After default, an installment plan may not be started again until the subsequent July 1st

(2) If, during the interim, five years pass since the declaration of default, a Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property will be recorded, subjecting the property to sale at public auction and eliminating the Five Year Installment Plan option. To avoid having the property sold at public auction, all unpaid taxes would then have to be paid in full.


Tehama County Tax Collector
Post Office Box 769
Red Bluff, California 96080
(530) 527-4535 

General Information about your Taxes

Remember, failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility for payment,
nor does it constitute any cause for cancellation of penalty, interest or cost charges.


Tax Payer Rights:

If you disagree with the valuation placed on your property, you may take the matter up with the Assessor (530 527-5931) to see if that office will change the valuation. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has established an Assessment Appeals Board for the purpose of resolving valuation problems. Appeals on regular assessments must be filed each year between July 2 and November 30 (valuation information is available July 1 at the Assessor's Office). Appeals on corrected assessments, escaped assessments (assessments that did not take place when they should have), or supplemental assessments must be filed no later than 60 days from the mailing date of the corrected, escaped, or supplemental tax bill.

If you choose to appeal your assessment, you should still pay your tax installments in full by the appropriate deadlines; otherwise, you may incur penalties while the case is in appeals. If your appeal is granted, a refund will be issued to you.

Appeals applications and further information about the appeals process can be obtained by calling (530) 527-5931 or writing to the Clerk of the Board of Equalization's Office at 633 Washington Street, Room 12, County Courthouse. You can also receive the application by mail at PO Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

New Owner Information:

As a new owner, you are responsible for any taxes that were not paid as of the time escrow closed. Even though taxes are prorated between the buyer and seller during escrow and proper credit is given to each, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Tax Collector by that time. You should read your escrow papers and/or title report to determine if any portion of the annual taxes were paid by the previous owner before the close of escrow.

Annual tax bills, which can be paid in two installments, are mailed once a year by November 1. Since the bill contains payment stubs for both installments, this is the only bill regularly mailed each year by the Tax Collector. Depending on when the ownership change is placed on the tax roll, the annual tax bill could be sent either to the previous owner or directly to you. If there are any remaining unpaid taxes, and if you did not receive an annual tax bill from either the previous owner or the Tax Collector, you should contact the Tax Collector immediately and request one. It is your responsibility to obtain the bill. State law stipulates that failure to receive a bill does not permit the Tax Collector to excuse penalties on late payments.

In addition to annual taxes, you will probably be responsible for paying Supplemental Property Taxes. Any time property is sold or improved, the value of the property is reassessed. If the property has been reassessed at a higher value, you will receive one or more supplemental tax bills in addition to the annual bill mentioned above. If the property has been reassessed at a lower value, you will receive a refund.

Property Tax Information:

Secured Property Tax (homes, real estate, commercial property, etc.)

  • Bills mailed by November 1.
  • 1st installment is due November 1st and a late penalty of 10% attaches if payment is made after December 10th.
  • 2nd installment is due February 1st and a late penalty and $20.00 cost fee attaches if payment is made after April 10th.

A copy of your tax bills is available online. Please contact our office to obtain a copy of your tax bill if you are not able to print one online. Failure to receive a tax bill does not provide a basis for excusing penalties. If you purchased real property in Tehama County in the last 6 months, please check your taxes to make sure that your payment is current.

If you elect to pay your installments separately, you must retain your original bill to submit with the 2nd installment payment. Our office will not send a reminder notice for the 2nd installment.

Unsecured Property Tax (business equipment, boats, etc.)

  • Bills mailed in July.
  • One installment is due when billed and a late penalty of 10% attaches if payment is made after August 31st.
  • Additional penalties of 1.5% per month and additional fees attach after October 31 if the taxes remain unpaid.

Supplemental Property Tax (reappraisal due to new construction or change of ownership).

  • Bills mailed throughout the year.
  • Due dates vary and are based on the billing date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is my tax rate?

The Tax Rate Schedule is available online. Generally speaking, the basic tax rate is 1% of the assessed value.

When are property taxes due?

The first installment of your property taxes is due November 1st and is delinquent after December 10th. A 10% penalty is added after that date. When the delinquent date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time of delinquency is 5:00 pm the next business day. Your second installment is due February 1st and is delinquent after April 10th. After April 10th an additional 10% plus $20.00 is added to your second installment. After June 30th unpaid property taxes will incur additional penalties. If you have questions regarding the assessed value of your property, please contact the Tehama County Assessor's office at (530) 527-5931.

If you purchased real property in Tehama County in the last 6 months, please check your taxes to make sure that your payment is current.

What should I do if I don't receive a tax bill?

Tax bills are available online. With your parcel number, you can print a copy of your current tax bill, your prior years tax bill and view the status of your secured taxes online. Information is updated at the end of each month and at December 10th and April 10th.

Frequently, a new property owner's regular tax bill is sent to the previous owner because the Tax Collector's Office is unaware the property has been sold. Regardless of the reason, if you do not receive a tax bill by November 10th, print a copy online or contact this office at (530) 527-4535 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your Assessors Parcel Number (APN) and the address where you would like the bill mailed.

Where do I make my payment?

Payments may be made by personal check postmarked, or otherwise received by the due date, or by cash at our office counter. If you are mailing your payment please send it to: Tehama County Tax Collector PO Box 769, Red Bluff, CA 96080. If you would like to come to the office to make your payments, we are located at: 444 Oak Street Room D, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

How can I obtain a receipt of payment?

If you are paying by mail, enclose the entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Always send tax stub(s) to indicate the parcels you are paying.

How do I change the mailing address on my tax bill?

The Assessor is responsible for all property transfers and for address changes. Please complete the REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM and send it to: Tehama County Assessor, PO Box 428, Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 527-5931, Fax (530) 529-4019.

What does Tax Defaulted mean?

Tax Defaulted means there is a delinquent tax against the property. We prepare an annual list of property which is "tax defaulted" at the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). This list is published in the Red Bluff Daily News on or about the first week in September of the following year. If the "Tax Defaulted" notation is printed on your bill, it is an indication that the Tax Collector shows delinquent taxes for a prior year. Five years after the first year of delinquency, the property will be eligible for sale at public auction, and will be subsequently sold if the taxes are not paid.

When and where is the public auction of tax defaulted property?

The Tax Collector's auction of tax-defaulted property is held in the spring each year. The list of parcels scheduled for sale is available approximately 30 days before the scheduled sale at Bid4Assets.


Remember, failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility for payment,
nor does it constitute any cause for cancellation of penalty, interest or cost charges.

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