Leyva Bill Requiring Mobilehome Park Manager Training Clears Senate

Other States, including Oregon and Nevada, Already Mandate Similar Requirements

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Prioritizing the health and safety of mobile park residents across California, the California State Senate approved legislation by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would require at least one mobilehome park manager per park 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 California Alliance for Retired Americans and the County of Contra Costa, SB 869 would specifically require at least one person, or person under contract, per mobilehome park who is responsible for managing a park to complete at least 16 hours of initial training, as well as at least six hours of follow-up training annually.  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, which must then be posted visibly and be available for inspection at the mobilehome park.

“As California currently has no requirements for the training or education of mobilehome park managers, SB 869 will finally ensure that managers are properly trained and certified to help protect the health and safety of the oftentimes hundreds of residents at their mobilehome parks,” Senator Leyva said.  “This important training will help to prevent instances that have already happened, such as discrimination, unlawful evictions, improper fee assessments, and poor park maintenance.  I appreciate the Senate’s passage of SB 869 today as it moves one step closer to becoming law.”

As noted at a 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.  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.

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.  Mobilehomes and manufactured homes are a significant source of affordable housing in a state with a high ongoing need for housing in this affordability range.  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.

SB 869 will next advance to the Assembly for consideration.