Your Rights as a Mobilehome Park Resident

The Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL), like provisions of conventional landlord-tenant law, is enforced by the courts; that is, the disputing parties must enforce the MRL against one another in a court of law. The Department of Housing and Community Development does not have authority to enforce these Civil Code provisions. For example, a park owner must utilize an unlawful detainer procedure in a court to evict a homeowner for non-payment of rent or failure to abide by reasonable park rules. By the same token, a manufactured home owner must bring legal action, in court, to enforce a notice or other MRL requirement, or obtain an injunction, if the management will not otherwise abide by the MRL.

In addition to applicable Civil Code sections, other selected laws not part of the MRL but related to park residency are included in the Mobilehome Residency Law handbook* (PDF). This includes the Recreational Vehicle (RV) Park Occupancy Law, first enacted in 1979, governing tenancies in RV parks. The RV Park Occupancy Law was substantially revised in 1992, dividing it into seven Articles.

Also enclosed are relevant laws on mobilehome resale disclosure, park emergency preparedness plans, mobilehome park polling places, and traffic enforcement in mobilehome parks.

*Publication by the California Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities.

Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act - $10 Fee

New! Mobilehome/Manufactured Homeowners: Have you been charged an additional $10 by park management? This fee is designed to serve mobilehome park homeowners through the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) Protection Act. As of January 1, 2019, park management is required to pay $10 for each mobilehome lot within their park. Park management may pass this fee through to residents. The Act established a program to help resolve certain types of MRL disputes between park homeowners and park management.

Beginning July 1, 2020, HCD will start taking MRL-related complaints and coordinating assistance to help resolve the most severe alleged violations that the Department receives. If you have questions about this fee or the Act, please contact HCD at MRLComplaint@hcd.ca.gov or 1-800-952-8356. Please see Information Bulletin 2018-03 for a detailed description of the Act.

Visit the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program page for more information.

Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL)

Source: Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities

Legal Aid and Other Resources

Local

Cities and counties often pass local ordinances, such as rent control, noise, and nuisance regulations. Please contact or visit your local city and/or county website for more information.

State / Federal Departments

  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing receives and investigates complaints related to housing discrimination.
  • California Public Utilities Commission – For billing, service, and other complaints related to a regulated utility, your first step is to contact the provider directly. If you cannot resolve the problem after talking with the utility’s customer service, you may file an informal complaint with Consumer Affairs Branch.
  • California Department of Consumer Affairs – File a complaint against a licensed professional or business such as a general contractor, carpenter, drywall installation, electrician, etc.
  • California Contractors State License Board – Find or look up a contractor license or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration or to file a complaint against a contractor or HIS.
  • California Bureau of Real Estate – Verify a real estate license or file a complaint against a real estate broker and/or salesperson.
  • U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department – For technical assistance on the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act. The Manufactured Housing Program protects the health and safety of the owners of manufactured (mobile) homes through the enforcement of the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards and administration of dispute resolution.
  • USA.gov : Online guide to government information and services.

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