2015 Bills

By Brian Augusta, Legislative Lobbyist

Last week was the deadline for all bills to pass policy committees.  After that, the legislature goes on a month long break before returning for the final push in August.  We’ll keep you updated on the bills as they move through this final effort.

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Glossary of Legislative Terms

GSMOL sponsored bills

SB 419 (McGuire)

Status: July 15 – Passed Assembly Committee on Housing & Community Development unanimously.    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 Assembly member
and
Senator McGuire
State Capitol, Room 5064
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900

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SB 477 (Leyva)

Status:  July 2 – Passed Assembly Committee on Local Government unanimously; re-referred to Assembly Committee on  Revenue & Taxation.    Last year, AB 2231 (Gordon) re-enacted the State Property Tax Postponement 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 Assembly member
and
Senator Leyva
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900

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AB 587 (Chau)

Status:  AB 587, GSMOL’s bill to reform the registration and titling system in California, has enjoyed strong bi-partisan support throughout the process so far. However, with deadlines nearing, the author and GMSOL have decided to make the bill a two-year bill, in order to give ourselves more time to work through some of the complicated legal and practical issues involved in the bill.  This means that the bill will pause for now but action on it will resume next year.
  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.

Other bills of interest

Support

AB 682 (Williams)

Status: July 13 – Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously.   Would ensure that homeowners who do not have current title to their home can still participate in the PUC pilot program that will convert select sub-metered parks to direct service from the utilities. Under current HCD rules, HCD cannot approve the hook up to a home where the current owner does not have title in his or her name. This bill would ensure that those homeowners can still be hooked up to the new utility service.    Learn More…

No Position Yet

AB 999 (Daly)

Status:  July 15 – Read second time and amended, re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee.    This bill, sponsored by WMA, would allow for the summary removal of an abandoned mobilehome where the home is considered a nuisance or has a value of less than $15,000.   Learn More…

SB 434 (Allen)

Status:  June 18 – Referred to Assembly Committees on Housing & Community Development and Local Government.  This bill would deal with a situation in LA County in which the County Assessor claims that homeowners are avoiding paying local property tax by building large homes around older mobilehomes that are still paying annual registration fees to HCD.  Learn More…

SB 244 (Vidak)

Status:  July 9 – Read third time and passed.  Ordered to the Senate [Floor].  Current law, enacted in 2012, allows a park owner to obtain an injunction against a homeowner who is violating a park rule or regulation, rather than seeking to evict the homeowner. That law would “sunset” (meaning it would no longer be active) at the end of this year. SB 244 would remove the sunset date, and make this provision permanent.  Learn More…