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2019 Legislative Session Bills

Protecting Homeowners Against Park Closures

New legislation proposed by a Monterey Bay state ssemblyman would strengthen protections for mobile home residents facing displacement, in the name of California’s affordable housing goals.

Introduced this week by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, Assembly Bill 705 would ensure that if a mobile home park is closed or converted to another use, its residents would receive adequate compensation from park owners to relocate to another nearby lot or purchase a new mobile home. The bill would also clarify language allowing local jurisdictions to block park closures if adequate housing isn’t available nearby.

“Mobilehome parks are often the last affordable housing option that California seniors and families have,” Stone said in a news release. “When park owners decide to close or convert their parks, we need to make sure there are protections in place to ease the financial burden of relocation.”

The bill is backed by the Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League, which advocates for residents of mobile and manufactured homes, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and Bay Federal Credit Union.

You can read the full story at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Read the bill text at www.legalinfo.legislature.ca.gov.
Read the Fact Summary here.

Extending the Mobilehome Fee and Tax Waiver Program for 3 More Years

Assemblyman Ed Chau introduced AB 173, which would extend the existing Mobilehome Fee and Tax Waiver Program for an additional three years. You can find the bill language here. 
Currently under the Program, implemented under the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), you can register your mobilehome waiving past-due registration fees and taxes incurred from previous owners. The bill is proposing to extend the time allowed for homeowners to advantage of the Program.

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.)
Click here to determine whether you are eligible. 
Apply today, the program is set to end on December 31, 2019.

A video on how to apply can be watched on Youtube.
El video también se puede ver en español en Youtube.

For the latest information on the Mobilehome Fee and Tax Waiver Program, click here.

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.

Read SB 147 of 2017 and this year’s SB 274 at Leginfo.com

Manufactured Housing Smoke Alarms & Emergency Preparedness

Assemblymember Kansen Chu introduces legislation, AB 338, to require each mobilehome sold or rented in California has a smoke alarm approved by the State Fire Marshal and an emergence preparedness plan in a language the resident understands. 

GSMOL supports AB 338. You can read GSMOL President Michelle Smith’s statement in Assemblyman Chu’s press release here.

Last year, Assemblymember Chu introduced similar legislation, AB 2588, which was supported by GSMOL, but that was vetoed by Governor Brown.

Read both bills at Leginfo.com [AB 338] [AB 2588]

Homeowners’ First Right of Refusal to Purchase Park

Assemblymember Randy Voepel introduced AB 519, which would provide that a resident organization of a mobilehome park has a right of first refusal to purchase a mobilehome park if the mobilehome park owner decides to sell or receives a formal offer from a 3rd party to purchase the park, subject to specified conditions. The bill would prohibit a mobilehome park owner from selling the mobilehome park to a 3rd party if, within 15 days of receiving notification that the owner plans to sell, the resident organization notifies the owner that the resident organization plans to make an offer to purchase the mobilehome park.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

Department of Insurance California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights

Senator Connie Leyva introduced SB 508, which would require a  copy of the California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights be provided to those seeking residential property insurance, prior to issuing or renewing a insurance policy..

A copy of the bill can be found here.

Other Mobilehome Bills

AB 1528 (Frank Bigelow) – Mobilehomes

[SPOT BILL] This bill as written makes non-substantive changes to existing law. GSMOL will monitor this legislation for future amendments. This is a WMA (Park Owner) Sponsored bill. 

AB 1010 (Eduardo Garcia) – Housing programs: eligible entities

This bill expand Mobilehome Park Rehabilitation and Resident Ownership Program  (MPRROP) eligibility to  tribal governments.

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