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Civil Code Section 798.15 (c) requires park management to provide, before February 1, 2024, homeowners with a copy of the current Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) or provide a written notice to homeowners that there has been a substantial change to the MRL and "that they may obtain one copy of this chapter from management at no charge. Management must provide a copy within a reasonable time, not to exceed seven (7) days, upon request."

Also, do not forget to send out the CARE rate schedule on or before February 1, 2024, to your tenants.

Finally, do not forget to timely send out the Notice of Homeowner's Responsibilities (MRL 798.15 (i)).

Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) Change

798.40 (f) - The provisions of subdivision (c) shall apply to all management that elects to separately bill water service to a homeowner as a utility service pursuant to Section 798.41, and to provide submetered water service to homeowners as a master-meter customer of the water purveyor, as a part of the regular bill for water service, including where the water purveyor or the mobilehome park is subject to the jurisdiction, control, or regulation of the Public Utilities Commission.

New Law: Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act

AB 318 - removes the requirement that HCD send a notice to the parties to require them to negotiate the matter in good faith to resolve the matter in 25 days. Existing law had required that HCD use good faith efforts to select the most severe, deleterious, and materially and economically impactful alleged violations of the MRL. The law also required HCD to select a sample of these complaints that satisfy the geographic representation of the state for evaluation. AB 318 removes both of these requirements. This bill was signed into law on October 11, 2023.

New Law: Credit History of Persons Receiving Government Rent Subsidies

SB 267 - SB 267 amends Govt. Code Section 12955 subdivision (o) which is one of the listed unlawful practices in rental housing. It identifies as specifically applying to instances in which there is a government rent subsidy. Thus, commencing January 1, 2024, applicants for residency receiving a Section 8 or other government rent subsidy will require the park to comply with the new procedural provisions for evaluating a rental application other than the traditional use of a credit agency’s credit report on the applicant. As amended, if an applicant for residency after being offered the option of providing lawful, verifiable alternative evidence of the applicant’s reasonable ability to pay the portion of the rent to be paid by the tenant, including, but not limited to, government benefit payments, pay records, and bank statements, elects to provide lawful, verifiable alternative evidence of the applicants’ ability to pay, the park must do both of the following:


1.     “Provide the applicant reasonable time to respond with that reasonable alternative evidence, and

2.     Reasonably consider that alternative evidence in lieu of the person’s credit history in determining whether to offer the rental accommodation to the applicant.” 


The provision that does not limit the ability of the Park to request information or documentation to verify employment, to request landlord references, or to verify the identity of a person remains unchanged.


It is apparent that this amendment provides new fertile ground concerning residency application disputes when an applicant chooses to provide alternative “lawful verifiable evidence” of the ability to pay rent. Verification of paycheck stubs or other pay records, bank statements or other evidence offered can be difficult and time-consuming to track down. This is likely to increase administrative time and costs for processing applications and resolving disputes. 

2024 WMA Annual Quick List

Click the button below for the list of general information regarding annual requirements from WMA. Please contact our firm if you have any questions about your park or any of the items on this list.

Click Here for 2024 WMA Annual Quick List

Recent Manufactured Housing Victories at HKP

HKP, along with another defense firm, settled a major manufactured housing park failure to maintain case on the eve of trial following an earlier inclusive mediation. This case involved 95 mobilehome park residents suing the park owner and management on a variety of legal theories of nuisance, negligence, breach of statutes, and breach of the warranty of habitability. Moreover, the park was located within Los Angeles rent controlled jurisdiction of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance which, with COVID, state and county moratoriums presented challenges. Under the terms of the settlement, the case against the Park was dismissed with prejudice.

Jennifer Echegoyen, Associate Attorney, recently prevailed in obtaining an order for injunctive relief in Fresno County. In the case, HKP represented the Petitioner, a mobilehome park, who was petitioning for the Court to grant an order for injunctive relief against a respondent who consistently violated the Park’s rules. After reviewing the filed Petition and hearing argument from the Petitioner, the Court summarily granted the order and found in favor of HKP’s client. The client was extremely pleased with the outcome of the case.