Governor Newsom has signed into law two bills which GSMOL supported.
AB 173 (Chau):
Extending the Mobilehome Fee and Tax Waiver Program for 1 More Year
Register Your Mobilehome California, a limited-term state program waiving past-due registration fees and taxes for mobilehome and manufactured homeowners.
You may be able to waive past due fees and taxes if:
- Your mobilehome/manufactured home was registered with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in the past by another owner, and
- Your mobilehome/manufactured home was not previously registered in your name. (You are not eligible if you already have title and past registration.)
For the latest information on the Mobilehome Fee and Tax Waiver Program, click here.
SB 274 (Dodd):
No Park Fee for Live-In Companion; Homeowner Opt-In to Demonstrate Ability to Pay; and Homeowner First Right of Refusal of their Park Space after Fires and Natural Disasters
On February 13, Senator Bill Dodd introduced SB 274 Mobilehome parks: tenancies. The bill contains multiple provisions:
SB 274 would require management to offer the previous homeowner a right of first refusal to a renewed tenancy in the park on the same terms at the time of the natural disaster, if the park is destroyed due to a fire or other natural disaster and management elects to rebuild the park in the same location.
In 2017 Senator Dodd authored, SB 147 which allowed any homeowner who lives alone to designate one other person per calendar year to share his or her mobilehome on an ongoing basis without being a charged a fee by management for that person. SB 274 would instead allow an individual to designate up to 3 companions in a calendar year, but no more than one companion at a time, unless otherwise authorized by management.
Currently management is granted the right of prior approval of a purchaser of a mobilehome that will remain in the park, provided that approval cannot be withheld from a purchaser who has the financial ability to pay the rent and charges of the park, except as otherwise provided. Additionally park management is required to consider the amount and source of the purchaser’s gross monthly income or means of financial support when making this determination. SB 274 would instead allow the purchaser to provide, and require park management to consider, evidence of additional financial assets, including savings accounts, certificates of deposit, stock portfolios, real property, and any other financial asset that can be liquidated or sold, when making that determination.