SB 869 Helps to Protect Health and Safety of Mobilehome Park Residents
SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, the Senate Housing Committee approved Senate Bill 869 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would require mobilehome park managers to be trained and certified on the mobilehome rules and regulations of managing mobilehome parks and manufactured home communities. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in consultation with the California Department of Consumer Affairs, would be responsible for developing the training and enforcing the certification requirements.
Sponsored by the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League and supported by the County of Contra Costa, SB 869 would specifically require any person, or person under contract, who is responsible for managing a mobilehome park to complete 18 hours of training, including an annual end of year online examination. The online training would include the most prevalent complaints of the prior year, as well as Mobilehome Residency Law, rights and responsibilities of homeowners and management, emergency procedures, communication with homeowners, Title 25 of the California Code of Regulations, and mobilehome titling and registration. A Certificate of Completion would be issued once the person has met all training requirements. The certificate must then be posted visibly and be available for inspection at the mobilehome park. If the mobilehome park management is out of compliance with these requirements, HCD would then have the authority to suspend the management’s permit to operate.
“With over half a million mobilehomes and manufactured homes in California, it is critical that mobilehome park managers are properly trained so we can ensure the health and safety of residents,” Senator Leyva said. “It is unacceptable that California does not already require mobilehome park managers to be trained, as several neighboring states already do. As Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities, I thank the Senate Housing Committee for supporting SB 869 and bringing California one step closer to improving the safety and quality of life in mobilehome parks across our state.”
California currently has no requirements for the training or education of mobilehome park managers. In many instances, the park manager may be responsible for the safety of over 200 residents and sometimes in remote locations of the state. Other states, such as Oregon and Nevada, mandate mobilehome park management undergo training and licensing to ensure the health and safety of residents living in mobilehome parks.
Mobilehome park managers are responsible for the health and safety of the property, as well as, the people who live in mobilehome parks. As noted at the 2016 Select Committee on Manufactured Homes and Communities hearing, ongoing violations of the law generally stem from the lack of sufficient understanding by park managers of the Mobilehome Residency Law and the complex overlay of other laws and regulations. This lack of training has led to situations of unlawful evictions, improper fees and invoices, discrimination, and poor maintenance, all of which affect the quality of life in mobilehome parks.
The Manufactured Housing Metropolitan Opportunity Profile: Data Snapshot indicates that there are 519,972 mobilehomes and manufactured homes in California accounting for 3.8 percent of the total housing stock and roughly 1.5 million residents in the state. Nearly half (47 percent) of these homes are affordable to very-low income households, compared to just 18 percent of the state’s overall housing stock. In a state with a desperate need for housing in this affordability range, mobilehomes and manufactured homes are a significant source of affordable housing. Mobilehome residents, many of whom are seniors, rely on effective management of their mobilehome park to ensure that their housing is safe and meets appropriate quality standards.