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                                                                  AB 253
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          Date of Hearing:   May 15, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                     AB 253 (Levine) - As Amended:  May 2, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Local  
          GovernmentVote:8-0
                        Housing and Community Development     9-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill extends the same subdivision requirements that apply  
          to the conversion of mobilehome parks to floating home marinas.   
          Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Exempts the subdivision of a floating home marina from the  
            requirements required of most subdivisions of land, and  
            instead applies the requirements that apply to the subdivision  
            of a mobilehome park, at the time of filing a tentative or  
            parcel map.

          2)Extends the same requirements that apply to the conversion of  
            a rental mobilehome park to resident ownership, at the time of  
            filing a tentative or parcel map, to rental floating home  
            marinas, to reduce the economic displacement of all residents  
            who do not purchase their unit.

          3)Allows the requirement of a parcel map or tentative and final  
            map to be waived, as specified, when at least two-thirds of  
            the owners of floating homes who are tenants in a floating  
            home marina sign a petition indicating their intent to  
            purchase the floating home marina for purposes of converting  
            it to resident ownership and if certain other conditions are  
            met.
           
          FISCAL EFFECT  

          Negligible fiscal impact.  Although keyed a state mandate, it is  
          not a reimbursable mandate because the affected local agencies  
          can charge fees to cover the costs of the bill's requirements.








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           COMMENTS  

           1)Purpose  .  The author and sponsor, the Sausalito Floating Homes  
            Association, argue this bill will allow a homeowner group to  
            purchase a marina, thus removing a significant financial  
            barrier for the floating home tenants should the situation  
            arise in the future.  Without this bill, the author and  
            sponsor argue that the existing process for floating home  
            tenants to subdivide is impractical and nearly impossible.   
            Additionally the author and sponsor note the process created  
            in the bill will treat existing homeowners fairly, whether  
            they want to remain as a renter or not.  Supporters argue that  
            this bill grants to residents of floating homes the same  
            rights and protections currently afforded to residents of  
            mobile home parks.

           2)Background  .  A floating home is considered to be real  
            property, not a vessel.  It stays in a permanent location,  
            just like most homes, except the location is on the water.  A  
            floating home is subject to property tax and usually is  
            connected to utilities and other services, such as cable or  
            satellite TV and Internet.  Many people use floating homes as  
            their principal residences, just like owners of mobile homes.

            In general, most floating home marinas are privately owned and  
            charge homeowners a monthly berthage fee.  The author notes  
            that most floating home marinas are located in Marin County,  
            with the exception of a small marina in Alameda County.  Four  
            marinas consisting of nearly 500 floating homes are located in  
            Richardson Bay in the City of Sausalito.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Roger Dunstan / APPR. / (916) 319-2081