An avid reader suggested that many may not understand all the different acronyms (a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name). So here goes:
Housing & Community Development (HCD).
It’s mission is to provide leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians. It provides the following online services: File A Complaint Online, Mobilehome & Special Occupancy (RV) Parks Listing, Manufactured Home/Mobilehome Registration Renewal, Occupational Licensing Query, Online Housing Element Status and Annual Progress Report, Requestor Account Title Search, Title Search and Escrow Opening.
The Mobilehome Ombudsman is a part of HCD. We’ve written about it in detail in the January 2015 issue of MH Life magazine.
HCD does not have authority to enforce these Civil Code provisions. For example, a park owner, not the state, 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 homeowner in a park, not the state, must sue the park in court to enforce a notice or other MRL requirement, or obtain an injunction, if the management will not otherwise abide by the MRL.
Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL). Most of the provisions of the California Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) were enacted piecemeal over a number of years and eventually codified under Chapter 2.5 of the Civil Code in 1978. Since 1978, a number of sections have been amended and others added to the Code. The MRL is divided into nine Articles, by subject.
Violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law, like provisions of conventional landlord/tenant law, are enforced by the courts; that is, the disputing parties must enforce the MRL against one another in a court of law.
You may find a current copy of the MRL at www.comocal.org.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Sometimes referred to as the PUC. The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible. On this website you’ll find information about the many initiatives underway at the CPUC.
Western Manufactured Communities Association (WMA).
This is what one park owner has written about their representative, the WMA: WMA is a critical tool for any park owner who wishes to do business in California. Most people in the manufactured housing business understand that WMA deals with legal and legislative issues as well as providing a plethora of forms and educational materials. What is less appreciated, but equally important: the interactive forums WMA provides – the courses, committees and convention that offer owners and managers the opportunity to meet each other and exchange experiences and ideas. The ability to pick up a telephone or send an e-mail regarding a business challenge and get back insights and suggestions is, as the commercial says, priceless. Additionally, because the manufactured housing industry is so specialized, “knowing the right people” is crucial. From brokers and attorneys to paving contractors or utility experts, WMA provides a vital service network. The ongoing success of the California manufactured housing industry is, to a great extent, dependent upon the vibrancy of its state-wide trade association. GSMOL
Resident Owned Park (ROP). A park where residents own both the land and their homes.
Resident Owned Parks, Inc. (ROP, Inc). This is an organization, led by Maurice Priest, that essentially purchases parks and becomes the park owner. In our opinion, using ROP, Inc. is not a good option for residents looking to purchase their park.
Mobilehome Parks Act (MPA) or Title 25 – Health and Safety.
Provisions of the code apply to apply to the construction, use, maintenance, and occupancy of mobilehome parks, mobilehome and special occupancy lots, permanent buildings, accessory buildings or structures, and building components wherever located, both within and outside of mobilehome parks, in all parts of the state. These provisions shall also apply to the use, maintenance, and occupancy of manufactured homes, mobilehomes, multifamily manufactured homes and recreational vehicles, and the installations for supplying fuel gas, water, electricity, and the disposal of sewage from accessory buildings or structures, building components, recreational vehicles, manufactured homes, multifamily manufactured homes and mobilehomes wherever located within mobilehome parks, in all parts of the state.
Golden State Manufactured Homeowners League (GSMOL).
GSMOL was established in 1962 to promote the general welfare of mobilehome owners in California. GSMOL is known for it’s work in Sacramento on legislation (MRL).
Coalition of Mobilehome Owners -California (COMO-CAL).
COMO-CAL was established in late 2004. Today it’s mandate is to bring ethics back to advocacy, to unite all advocates and get them working together. COMO-CAL is the only advocate in California that has taken the Pledge! Please support it’s efforts on your behalf.