Sorry to reply so late, but I think this can help others in that state. This process is similar to many states. We have big operation in Indiana, so I can provide very detailed information from direct experience. However, the part that I struggle with is that the home has been converted to real estate by permanently attaching it to the ground. Generally when a mobile home is attached to the ground, the title is retired and a deed is issued, which you have. That aside, if the home is not permanently attached (or if you detach it), the title process is this:
- find out who is the last owner in the tax record (you can also send an information request to the BMV for $4, but you need the VIN for that).
- send 60 day notice to the last owner by hand delivery or certified mail to remove the home
- advertise a public auction in the newspaper in the county twice in two weeks
- send 10 day notice to the last owner by hand delivery or certified mail that the home will be sold to the highest bidder
- hold the auction with a licensed auctioneer (If bidders come, either outbid them by $1 or cancel the auction and start over)
- complete a physical inspection to find the VIN (by an officer or licensed dealer) and note that a VIN does not exist on the BMV’s physical inspection of a motor vehicle form
- after the auction, complete a BMV affidavit of sale, title application, and application for a special VIN. When completing these forms, you can put “unknown” for the make and model. The auction buyer can be you or any third-party and you have to put a purchase price of at least $1.
All of this can be found in the state’s abandoned mobile home process by google searching “Indiana Abandoned Manufactured Home Packet.” When sending notice by hand delivery, you can post it on the door of the home. I think this process would work for a home that has been deeded, but the problem is that you are technically the owner, but the BMV record is likely to show that somebody else (many years ago) was the last owner. In the end it does not matter, as long as you delver to the last owner in the tax record. You may in fact be delivering the notice to yourself.
The process is long and tedious but not challenging. It will take about 3 months.