As the November election draws nearer, we thousands of MH owners living in mobilehome parks know there are very important issues that the candidates will be addressing, but we should be alert and know what their policy is concerning our great concern, which is enforcement of the laws protecting our home investments.
There is the Mobilehome Parks Act, (Health and & Safety Code – Title 25) that contain all the standards and the requirements for construction to be installed and provided for a park owner’s Permit to Operate, and the required maintenance for an annual renewal of this permit.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the governmental agency responsible for the enforcement of the provisions in the MPA, not the homeowner. Administrators have the statutory duty to see these standards and requirements are enforced, before they issue and renew the annual park owner’s Permit to Operate. They have the authority to issue stop orders, give the park owner penalties if the provisions are violated, or suspend or revoke the park owner’s Permit to Operate.
In the MPA (Health & Safety Code) there are two special provisions passed by the Legislature that protect our home investments: #18251 Standards and Requirements. The construction and maintenance of a mobilehome park should guarantee park residents maximum protection of their investment, and #18250: Conditions and Rights of Residents. Residents of mobilehome parks are entitled to live in conditions, which assure their health, safety, and general welfare, and which protects the investment of their mobilehome.
Mobilehome, I use mobile because that is how the laws read, but really they are manufactured homes moved and installed in mobilehome parks at great expense, and are rarely moved because homeowners have no place they can move their investment..
This is why it is so important to educate and question the candidates to find out their knowledge of these laws and their willingness to see they are enforced.
The Governor will be appointing the head of the governmental enforcement agency.
The Attorney General will be the Chief Law Officer of the State and it his or her duty to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.
The Members of the Legislature have enacted these mobilehome laws to protect mobilehome residents’ home investments. The Constitution of California, Article I, Sec. 3. gives homeowners the right to instruct their representatives, and petition government for redress of grievances. So find out, if the candidate is elected, will he or she listen if petitioned and do something to help see homeowner rights are protected?
Remember mobilehome owners may not have the financial ability to see their rights are protected in a court of law, but they do have ballot box power.
Article by Donna Matthews. Donna can be reached through MH Life.