Mobilehomes and Manufactured Homes with past-due registration fees and taxes have relief. HCD, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, has a new state program that provides waivers for past-due fees and taxes. The News Release prepared by HCD is attached below for your convenience. RegisterYourMobilehome 3-19-18.docx
Manufactured Homes can now be purchased using Section 8 vouchers. The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). The Manufactured Housing Institute ("MHI") issued a Housing Alert today, July 15, 2016, announcing the passage of H.R. 3700 and explaining the benefits.
Famed fashion designer, Betsey Johnson, recently purchased an approximately 1,500 square foot mobilehome in what some have deemed "America's Most Glamorous Trailer Park." The previous asking price of the mobilehome was just under $1.95 million. Johnson purchased the mobilehome in a community called Paradise Cove, which is located in Malibu, California. The community, which has previously been home to actors such as Matthew McConaughey, is known for its prime location on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its multi-million-dollar properties.
Financing for mobilehomes has received good news after years of difficulty to obtain loans. The Manufactured Housing Institute provided an overview in this article. The good news came from actions taken by the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. to recognize and protect the mobile/manufactured home buyers from a discriminatory provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Unlike typical eviction actions for tenants renting a home or apartment, evictions in mobilehome parks are complex and have a variety of pitfalls to watch out for. In addition, evictions of tenants in mobilehome parks are governed by the Mobilehome Residency Law, a completely separate and distinct set of laws from standard landlord-tenant laws.
Quiet enjoyment for mobilehome park residents is often challenging for the park owners to provide. Quiet enjoyment means providing an environment which is peaceful and quiet. In other words, one household does not have to endure certain types of behavior from other households. All multi-family housing owes the duty of quiet enjoyment to their residents, but for mobilehome park wwners and managers, the obligation has been challenging to provide due to the laws related only to mobilehome parks.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development, Mobilehome Park Rehabilitation and Resident Ownership Program (formerly known as the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program or MPROP) issued a Notice of Funding availability (see MPRROP 2016 NOFA.pdf) on January 6, 2016 announcing the availability of $15.5M to qualified applicants in a maximum amount of $3.5M per project.
A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal upheld the City of Carson's denial of the proposed subdivision of a mobilehome park on multiple bases, including that it was inconsistent with the open space element of the City's general plan. Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. City of Carson, No. B25011 (Second Dist. August 21, 2015).
Renting a park- or resident-owned mobilehome in a mobilehome park now comes with a "new" defense. In two recent San Diego eviction cases, one case for a park owner and one case for a mobilehome owner, the tenant who was renting the mobilehome asserted a "new" defense.