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          Bill No:  AB 2120
          Author:   Silva (R)
          Amended:  6/22/10 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE  :  5-0, 6/15/10
          AYES:  Corbett, Harman, Hancock, Leno, Walters

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  68-0, 5/24/10 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Mobilehome parks

           SOURCE  :     Western Manufactured Housing Communities  
          Association


           DIGEST  :    This bill requires management of a mobilehome  
          park to provide all homeowners with a copy of the  
          Mobilehome Residency Law or to notify all homeowners that a  
          change has been made in those provisions, and provide a  
          copy to the homeowner upon request, as provided.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law, the Mobilehome Residency Law  
          (MRL), contains nine Articles that extensively regulate the  
          rights, responsibilities, obligations, and relationships  
          between mobilehome park owners/management and park  
          residents.  (Civ. Code Sec. 789 et seq.)

          Existing law requires a copy of the MRL to be attached as  
          an exhibit and incorporated into the rental agreement by  
          reference.  Management is required to provide all  
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          homeowners with a copy of the MRL prior to February 1 of  
          each year, if a significant change was made in the prior  
          year. (Civ. Code Sec. 798.15.)

          This bill, instead, gives management the option of:  (1)  
          providing all homeowners with a copy of the MRL; or (2)  
          providing written notice to all homeowners that there has  
          been a change to the MRL and that they may obtain one copy  
          of the MRL from management at no charge.  Upon such a  
          request, management must provide a copy within a reasonable  
          time, not to exceed 7 days.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/22/10)

          Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association  
          (source) 
          California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          the required distribution of the MRL "has become both an  
          environmental burden and cost-prohibitive for [the Western  
          Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA)]  
          members, especially given the economy.  When the provision  
          was added to the MRL in 1987 to require distribution, the  
          body of law was more condensed (4 pages-WMA publication) as  
          opposed to today (20 pages -WMA publication)."  The author  
          further states:

               There are approximately 365,000 mobilehome spaces in  
               the State of California spread among 4,700 parks.   
               This means that if every space were to receive the  
               minimum of one copy per year, which is 7,300,000 pages  
               that need to be printed, every single year.  In  
               addition, since prospective residents may request a  
               free copy, it really adds up, year after year.  Since  
               the phrase "significant change" is subjective,  
               mobilehome park owners simply provide a new document  
               every single year regardless of the significance of  
               the change in the body of law. 








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           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Coto, Davis, De La  
            Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Feuer, Fletcher,  
            Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani, Garrick,  
            Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Hayashi, Hill, Huber, Huffman,  
            Jeffries, Jones, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma,  
            Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen,  
            Norby, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Silva,  
            Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland, Swanson,  
            Torres, Torrico, Tran, Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bass, Cook, Evans, Fong, Hall,  
            Hernandez, Knight, Nava, Saldana, Torlakson, Villines 


          RJG:nl  6/22/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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