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CURRENT LEGISLATION

This is a new alternative website for finding the status of bills being considered by the Legislature.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
 

 

UPDATE: 

(4/1615)

Today the Assembly Housing Committee took up AB 587 (Chau), GSMOL's bill to help protect homeowners who do not have clear title to their manufactured home.  The bill passed with unanimous bi-partisan support.  THe bill had a long list of support from groups and individuals including:


Cabrillo Wetland Village HOA, Inc.
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (co-sponsor)
Fountain Valley Estates Homeowners Association
GSMOL, Chapter 1128, Ramona, CA
Los Casas Homeowner's Association
Northern Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team
Orcutt Ranch Home Owners Association (ORHOA)
Ranch Club Homeowners Association
San Joaquin Village Mobile Park Homeowners Association
San Louis Obispo Mobilehome Residents Assistance Panel (SLOMAP)
San Marcos Mobilehome Residents Association (SMMRA)
Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association (SCCMMHA)
Sea Oak Mobilehome Park Homeowners Association
Sierra Homeowners Association
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Thanks to everyone who sent letters of support.  It will be be heard in Assembly Judiciary next.  That hearing is set for April 28 at 9 AM. 

Next up is SB 477 (Leyva), which will be heard April 22 in Senate Local Governance and Finance. UPDATE: 

 

(4/615)

GSMOL Members and Supporters:

Are you a member of an HOA, GSMOL Chapter or  local or regional manufactured homeowners group?  You can help us demonstrate strong local support for our bills by getting your organization to register its support NOW for our three bill package!

You can download a sample letter that your organization can use to register your support with the authors of our three bills.  By sending it on behalf of an organization now, you can ensure that your organization will be listed in support of the bill when it goes to committee.  Having a long list of organizations in the committee analysis will help win support for the bill.

SB 419 (McGuire) Sample Letter

SB 477 (Leyva) Sample Letter

AB 587 (Chau) Sample Letter

AB 587 and SB 477 are both set for hearing April 15, so please get your letters in as quickly as possible.  

If you want a summary of each of the bills you can download that here:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6aaae1e17ec0a7f156db7e212/files/GSMOL_April_2015_Legislative_Report.pdf

UPDATE: 

(3/18/15)

Legislative Update

 
GSMOL Members and Supporters:

WE NEED YOUR LETTERS!  GSMOL has sponsored a package of 3 bills aimed at preserving and protecting your investment in your home!  The package will help ensure that homeowners have clear title to their homes, that they can freely sell them, and that they are protected from unknown or unfair tax liability.

We need you to send your support letter to two people:
1. Your own legislator; and
2. The author of each bill.  


Remember too: Letters from coalitions, HOAs and other organizations are particularly helpful. 

To make this easier, we list the author and their address below each bill. If you don't know the name of your legislator, you can look them up at this link:

http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
 
GSMOL-SPONSORED BILLS
SB 419 (McGuire) – Improves the process for selling your home.  Would update and clarify the rules about realty signs and open houses.  Would also increase transparency for buyers and sellers regarding park standards for admission of new buyers to live in the park, by requiring clear disclosure of the park’s income and eligibility requirements. Send your letters of support to :
Your State Senator
and
Senator McGuire
State Capitol, Room 5064
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
Fax: 916-651-4902

 
SB 477 (Leyva) – Last year, AB 2231 (Gordon) re-enacted the State Property Tax Postponment Program, which provides property tax assistance to senior and disabled households.   However, in reinstating the program, AB 2231 removed mobilehome owners from eligibility for the program. This bill would ensure that mobilehome owners are also eligible to apply for property tax deferment, by re-establishing mobilehomes in the newly re-enacted program. This will ensure that a homeowner who is in need, can get assistance paying their property taxes, and not risk losing their homes to a tax sale. Send your letters of support to:
Your State Senator
and
Senator Leyva
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
 Fax: 916-651-4920
AB 587 (Chau) – Status:  The bill is currently in “spot” form, meaning it has only placeholder language in it. It will be amended later this week to  address the crisis of bad title that many homeowners are facing. Tens of thousands of homeowners (possibly hundreds of thousands) do not have clear title to their manufactured home. This means that many homeowners do not actually own their home in their name, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in unpaid fees, taxes and/or penalties, and the inability to transfer your home when the time comes to sell. In many cases, the outstanding fees or taxes (and accompanying penalties) may have accrued before the person took ownership. The bill will provide relief to these homeowners for unpaid taxes and penalties in exchange for bringing title current. The bill will also establish a system for the future,  to minimize the sale of homes without title being properly transferred. Send your letters of support to :
Your Assembly member
and
Assembly Member Chau

State Capitol, Room 2179
Sacramento, CA 94249-0049
Fax: 916-319-2149
Download a printable version of this flyer here.

UPDATE: 

(9/23/2014)

Governor Brown Signs AB 225

Late yesterday, Governor Brown's office announced that he has signed AB 225 (Chau and Nestande), GSMOL's remaining sponsored bill!

Thank you to all who wrote or emailed the Governor in support of the bill. With the Governor's signature on AB 225, GSMOL and its members have  successfully won passage of 5 bills over the past three years alone!

 

What does AB 225 do?


The bill would make improvements to the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) to ensure that funding can be accessed to help preserve and rehabilitate manufactured housing communities and to facilitate resident ownership of these communities.

 The Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) was established to facilitate resident ownership of manufactured housing communities (or “parks”).  It was later expanded to also help fund acquisition of parks by non-profits or local governments, to rehabilitate them and maintain them as an affordable source of housing. In recent years however, few applications for funding have been made.  As a result, the fund has built a surplus, while homeowners continue to pay in.  AB 225 helps insure that more of this money will get out into our communities to assist homeowners.

The bill does 3 important things:

  • Make the loan terms more attractive for resident purchases by increasing the maximum loan-to-value ratio and extending the loan term to 40 years to allow MPROP loans to work better with other funding sources.
  • Encourage non-profit acquisition of parks in need of rehabilitation. Parks that have fallen into disrepair are at risk of permanently closing and displacing homeowners who may not be able to relocate their homes. The bill will improve the rules governing loans for such acquisitions to make the program easier for non-profit purchasers to access.
  • Provide funding for loans to individual homeowners living in parks approved for MPROP funding, as part of a nonprofit acquisition or resident ownership conversion, to support rehabilitation or accessibility improvements on individual homes.

 

UPDATE: 

 

(9/17/2014)

 

AB 225 is on the Governor's Desk

GSMOL's sponsored legislation, AB 225 (Chau & Nestande), is awaiting action on the Governor's desk.  We need your help to get it signed, by sending a quick message to the Governor.  You can mail or fax a letter to his office if you wish.  But the easiest way to contact him is through his website.

https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

Go there and enter the requested information (name and email address). Next, choose the button that says "Have Comment."  Finally,  click the bar under "Please choose your subject" to bring up a list of issues.  Select "AB225Mobilehomes:loans" from the list.  After clicking "Submit" you'll go to the next page that allows you to enter a brief comment.  We recommend the following message:

As a manufactured-home owner, I urge your signature on AB 225.  It will help preserve manufactured housing, and encourage resident ownership of parks.

That's all it takes.  If the website doesn't work for you or you'd rather send a letter, you can send the same message to:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 558-3160
 

What does AB 225 do?


The bill would make improvements to the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) to ensure that funding can be accessed to help preserve and rehabilitate manufactured housing communities and to facilitate resident ownership of these communities.

 The Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) was established to facilitate resident ownership of manufactured housing communities (or “parks”).  It was later expanded to also help fund acquisition of parks by non-profits or local governments, to rehabilitate them and maintain them as an affordable source of housing. In recent years however, few applications for funding have been made.  As a result, the fund has built a surplus, while homeowners continue to pay in.  AB 225 helps insure that more of this money will get out into our communities to assist homeowners.

The bill does 3 important things:
  • Make the loan terms more attractive for resident purchases by increasing the maximum loan-to-value ratio and extending the loan term to 40 years to allow MPROP loans to work better with other funding sources.
  • Encourage non-profit acquisition of parks in need of rehabilitation. Parks that have fallen into disrepair are at risk of permanently closing and displacing homeowners who may not be able to relocate their homes. The bill will improve the rules governing loans for such acquisitions to make the program easier for non-profit purchasers to access.
  • Provide funding for loans to individual homeowners living in parks approved for MPROP funding, as part of a nonprofit acquisition or resident ownership conversion, to support rehabilitation or accessibility improvements on individual homes.
 

UPDATE: 

(5/30/2014)

Assembly Refuses to Pass Bill to Protect  Your Right to Sell Your Home

You called, you wrote and you lobbied your representatives in the Assembly.  But in the end, a majority of the Assembly voted against homeowners yesterday, refusing to pass AB 2026.  Because the bill was put up for a vote twice and failed to pass, the bill is now dead.

But we are not done.  On Monday, we will send an update of what GSMOL will be doing to address the issue of parkowner interference with sales in the wake of the defeat of AB 2026.

Meanwhile, we need everyone to contact their representative and express your disappointment or thanks for how they voted on AB 2026.  It's just as important now for them to hear from homeowners. 

Below is a list of how each member voted.  A significant number of members refused to cast a vote either way on the bill.  Since that prevented the bill from passing, "Not Voting" is the same as a "No" vote.  If your member voted Aye, please express your gratitude to them for standing up for homeowners in the face of fierce opposition from the parkowner's lobbyists.

If they voted no or didn't vote, please share with them your disappointment. (Remember anything other than a yes vote is a vote AGAINST the bill, since those who refused to vote prevented the bill from passing).

Voted YES: Alejo, Ammiano, Bloom, Bonta, Campos, Chau, Chesbro, Dickinson, Fong, Gordon, Jones-Sawyer, Lowenthal, Mansoor, Mullin, Nestande, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Rendon, Skinner, Stone, Weber, Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada, Atkins
Voted NO: Allen, Bigelow, Bonilla, Buchanan, Chávez, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Donnelly, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gatto, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Holden, Levine, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Medina, Melendez, Muratsuchi, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk-Silva, Rodriguez, Salas, Wagner, Waldron, Wilk
DID NOT VOTE: Achadjian, Bocanegra, Bradford, Brown, Ian Calderon, Conway, Cooley, Eggman, Garcia, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gorell, Hall, Roger Hernández, Jones, Nazarian, Pan, Ridley-Thomas, Ting



If you're not sure who your Assembly Member is, use this link to find out:

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov




Need more info?  A copy of the fact sheet is available here.(5/2/2014)

 

 

Legislative Update
 

Good News: AB 2026 Passes

AB 2026 (Stone), GSMOL's bill to protect sales of manufactured housing, passed the Assembly Housing Committee yesterday, 4-2 with one abstention.  The bill now heads to the Assembly Floor.

The bill was narrowed a bit.  A section of the bill dealing with limits on repairs was eliminated to avoid the bill going to appropriations committee. The bill still has strong new protections for sellers looking to get their buyers approved to live in the park. 

Here's how the committee voted:

AYE: Chau, Brown, Yamada, Gordon
NO: Gaines, Maienschein
NV: Quirk-Silva

We will send out a new message soon about the floor vote. Meanwhile, to keep getting these updates, see below.
 

We are Changing the Way We Send E-Blasts


In GSMOL's ongoing effort to improve our communications and ensure your voice is heard in the Capitol, we are improving our legislative e-blast system.  To do this, we need you to sign up for our new Legislative E-Blasts, using this link:

http://eepurl.com/TQNA1

Eventually we will close down this current list, and begin sending em

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