Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program

Helping to resolve certain disputes between mobilehome/manufactured homeowners in mobilehome parks and park owners/management

Coming July 2020!

Sometimes, in mobilehome parks, disputes can arise between mobilehome/manufactured homeowners and park management. To help resolve some of these disputes, California created the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program (through the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act of 2018, Assembly Bill 3066).

How the program is funded: Administration of the program is funded by an annual fee charged to mobilehome park owners/operators ($10 for each permitted mobilehome lot within each park).

Information for Park Owners / Operators

Annual $10 fee for each permitted mobilehome lot — As of January 1, 2019, mobilehome park owners/operators are required to pay an annual $10 fee for each permitted mobilehome lot to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). (Note: In areas where mobilehome parks are permitted by a local enforcement agency [as opposed to HCD], the local enforcement agency must collect the fees from mobilehome park owners/operators and forward the fees to HCD.)

  • When is the fee due from the park owners/operators? The fee is due at the same time as the mobilehome park annual Permit to Operate fee.
  • Can some or all of the fee be passed on to the individual homeowners within the mobilehome park? Yes. Within 90 days from payment of the annual Permit to Operate fee to HCD, the mobilehome park owner/operator may pass on all or a portion of the fee to individual homeowners within the mobilehome park.
  • If I opt to pass on part or all of the fee, how must I do it? The annual $10 fee for each permitted lot may be collected from each homeowner in part or in whole at the time rent is due; however: management is not allowed to pass on the fee in the form of a rent increase. Instead:
    • The fee must appear as a separate line item on the bill.
    • The bill must include:
      • A clear, written description of the purpose of the charge: [Sample language] Beginning January 1, 2019, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will collect a $10.00 fee for each permitted mobilehome lot within each mobilehome park. This fee is collected to administer the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act (Act). The Act established a program to create a link between mobilehome/manufactured homeowners and legal representation for Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) disputes. Beginning July 1, 2020, HCD will provide assistance by taking MRL complaints and will coordinate the resolution of the most severe alleged violations of the MRL received.
      • HCD’s contact information: [Sample language] For questions regarding this fee or Act, please contact HCD at MRLComplaint@hcd.ca.gov or 800-952-8356.

When can a mobilehome/manufactured homeowner submit a complaint for consideration? Beginning July 1, 2020, any mobilehome/manufactured homeowner may submit a complaint for an alleged violation of the Mobilehome Residency Law.

How does a mobilehome/manufactured homeowner submit their complaint? Complaints must be submitted to HCD. HCD will provide assistance to help resolve and coordinate resolution of the most severe alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law.

Details will be posted here in summer 2020.

Please note: HCD is prohibited from arbitrating, mediating, negotiating, or providing legal advice in connection with mobilehome park rent disputes, lease or rental agreements, or disputes arising from rental or lease agreements.

How long will the program last? The Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program is a limited-term program beginning July 1, 2020, and ending January 1, 2024 (unless the program is extended by the California Legislature).

For additional information regarding the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program (AB 3066, 2018) please refer to Information Bulletin 2018-03 (PDF).

Information for Mobilehome / Manufactured Homeowners in Mobilehome Parks

Annual $10 fee for mobilehome lots — Have you been charged an additional $10 by park management? This fee is designed to serve mobilehome/manufactured homeowners through the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program. As of January 1, 2019, park management is required to pay $10 for each mobilehome lot within their park. Park management has the option to pass this fee along to you. In the event of certain types of disputes between mobilehome/manufactured homeowners in mobilehome parks and park management, the fee funds a program to help resolve certain disputes.

When can I submit a complaint for consideration? Beginning July 1, 2020, any mobilehome/manufactured homeowner living in a mobilehome park under a rental agreement may submit a complaint for an alleged violation of the Mobilehome Residency Law.

How do I submit my complaint? Complaints must be submitted to HCD. HCD will provide assistance to help resolve and coordinate resolution of the most severe alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law.

Details will be posted here in summer 2020.

Please note: HCD is prohibited from arbitrating, mediating, negotiating, or providing legal advice in connection with mobilehome park rent disputes, lease or rental agreements, or disputes arising from rental or lease agreements.

How long will the program last? The Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program is a limited-term program beginning July 1, 2020, and ending January 1, 2024 (unless the program is extended by the California Legislature).

Have a Mobilehome Residency Law question now? Please visit Your Rights as Mobilehome Park Resident for more information.

For questions regarding the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program, which becomes available July 1, 2020, please refer to Information Bulletin 2018-03 or email: MRLComplaint@hcd.ca.gov.

To learn where you can get help for lease or rent disputes with park management, please visit the Mobilehome Assistance Center.