GSMOL Accomplishments

 

  • 2020 |
    • AB 2782 (Mark Stone, with co-authors Umberg, Limon, and Voepel) was signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2020. The Stone portion of the bill provides protections for MH residents when their park is sold or converted to another use. The successful inclusion of Senator Umberg’s bill eliminated the state-imposed loophole that denies MH residents with long-term leases local rent stabilization protections.
    • The MRLPP (MRL Protection Program) opened to receive MRL complaints on July 1, 2020. It was created as the result of the passage of AB 3066 (Assemblymember Mark Stone), sponsored by GSMOL, in 2019. Over 600 complaints of violations of the MRL were filed in the initial five months. Those complaints were redirected to appropriate agencies such as health and safety, criminal, or non-profit legal agencies for action at no cost to the mobilehome resident.
    • Dick Heine, Zone A-1 Vice President, and Region 1 Manager Martha O’Connell spearheaded efforts in San Jose which resulted in an 11-0 vote by the San Jose City Council to apply new MHP Zoning to all MH parks in the city.
    • Members of Chapter 1102 in Santa Barbara were successful in their bid to get a moratorium issued by the city to prevent conversion of MH parks from 55-and-older status to all-age. The residents now have the opportunity to work toward a Senior MHP Overlay. The moratorium also restores vacancy control to the rent stabilization ordinance. GSMOL attorney Bruce Stanton and Zone B-1 Vice President Anne Anderson were advisors in this effort.
    • Ron Hulsey, Zone B Vice President, saved a Chapter President from unlawful eviction in retaliation for his GSMOL activism and started a Failure to Maintain lawsuit in Cascade MHP in Sonora. Joe Nye, Region 13 Manager, installed a new Chapter in Bel Aire MHP in Stockton, reactivated The Pines MH Estates Chapter, and with Ron Hulsey established the Westfork Estates Chapter in Turlock.
    • With time running out, multiple GSMOL leaders sprang into action to coordinate efforts between HCD, the Governor’s office, Sacramento councilmember Martha Guerrero and CalWORKs to interrupt 53 eviction notices sent to residents of Westwinds MHP after a HCD inspection. The combined efforts were successful in rescinding many of the evictions.
  • 2018 | Sponsored and passed AB3066 (Stone) which establishes the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program within the Department of Housing and Community Development that requires the department to provide assistance in resolving and coordinating the resolution of complaints from homeowners relating to the Mobilehome Residency Law.
  • 2017 | Sponsored AB 1269 by Assemblymember Mark Stone, a bill to set up an enforcement system for the MRL. Worked the bill all the way to the Governor’s desk. Although the Governor did not sign it, the campaign boosted the strength and breadth of the LAT for future attempts. / Assisted Humboldt County residents to work with their government to enact a Rent Stabilization Ordinance. / Assisted City of Antioch residents to work with their government to enact a Senior Park Overlay. / Assisted City of Arcata residents to work with their government to enact a Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
  • 2014 | Sponsored and passed AB 225 (Chau) which modified the rules for the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program to make more money available to help repair and preserve troubled mobilehomes parks, and to facilitate conversion to resident ownership. The bill also makes some of the funds available to provide repairs or upgrades to individual homes in parks converting to resident or nonprofit ownership.
  • 2013 | Passage of SB 510 – condo conversion/subdivision bill enabling jurisdictions to use the results of the Resident Survey as a means to approve, disapprove or modify the application to subdivide a park in a park owner initiated conversion.
  • 2012 | Passed the Homeowner Bill of Rights which must be provided annually to all park residents if the MRL is not distributed.
  • 2011 | Became a party before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a crucial rulemaking proceeding involving transfer of sub-metered gas and electric systems from park owners to serving utilities.
  • 2010 | Formed and lead coalition that overturned Guggenheim vs City of Goleta Federal Court decision, which would have compromised local rent control ordinances statewide. Filed Amicus brief in Contempo Marin San Rafael case to overturn harmful lower Federal Court decision re: rent control.
  • 2009 | Mobilehome Residency Law “Roadshows” started around the state. Blocked AB 761 which would have phased out “vacancy control” resale protection out of local California rent stabilization ordinances on a statewide basis.
  • 2008 | Defeated Proposition 98 which would have abolished rent control and other homeowner protections.
  • 2007 | Prevented management from requiring a manufactured home to be removed from the park unless there has been a required notice provided, specifying the condition that permits the home to be removed.
  • 2006 | Help defeat Proposition 90 which would have eliminated rent control across the state.
  • 2005 | Prevented park management from including in a rental agreement the right of first refusal to purchase a home in the park which is for sale to a third party.
  • 2004 | Required 60 day notice to change park rules or regulations mandated by a change in the law. Numerous bills passed to tighten up residents’ rights to sell their mobilehome. Prevents management from entering home except in an emergency.
  • 2003 | Allowed display of political campaign signs in the window or on the site of a manufactured home.
  • 2002 | Permitted renting out or subletting of home in case of a medical emergency.
  • 2001 | Required that mgt. permit the CARE program for utilities and the posting of rates in master metered parks. Requires management responsibility for trees for health and safety and maintenance of driveways.
  • 2000 – 1969 | Hundreds of bills become law protecting mobilehome owners and their rights.
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