Mobile Home Laws

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Effective January 1, 1999 a legislative change took effect repealing the Department of Housing and Community Development's authority to review and approve plans, conduct inspections, and issue insignia of approval for recreational vehicles. A recreational vehicle includes a park trailer, truck camper, travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, and motorhome. A recreational vehicle is not a manufactured home, a mobilehome, commercial coach, or special purpose commercial coach.


The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) enforces federal safety standards and conduct manufacturer on-site inspections to ensure compliance of those standards.

RVIA

1896 Preston White Drive

PO BOX 2999

Reston, VA 20195-0999

(800) 336-0154 Association members only

(703) 620-6003 Consumer inquiries and publications

(703) 620-5071 Fax


The Department of Housing and Community Development Office of the Mobile Home Ombudsman helps resolve complaints with manufactured home installation, warranties, financing, and also with Health and safety issues at a Mobile Home Park.


Office of the Mobile Home Ombudsman

PO BOX 31

Sacramento, CA 95812-0031

(916) 323-9801 Mobile Home Ombudsman

(800) 952-5275 Complaints against dealers


Registration and Titling

P.O. Box 2111

Sacramento, CA 95812-2111

(800) 952-8356

www.hcd.ca.gov


If mobile home was purchased from a real estate broker and there is a violation of the Business and Professions Code:

Department of Real Estate

2201 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 227-0864

(916) 227-0863 Fax

www.dre.ca.gov


Will take complaints about mobile home installation and repairs performed by a contractor:

Department of Consumer Affairs

Contractor's State License Board

9821 Business Park Drive

Sacramento, CA 95827

(800) 321-2752

www.cslb.ca.gov


For complaints on work performed in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, send complaint forms to:

Norwalk Intake & Mediation Center

12501 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620

Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 466-6064 Fax


For complaints on work performed in any California county not mentioned above, send complaint forms to:

Sacramento Intake & Mediation Center

P.O. Box 269116

Sacramento, CA 95826-9116

(916) 255-4449 Fax


For questions on taxation or assessment as real property on public or private property. Provide Property Law Information on real or personal property:

Board of Equalization MIC:64

Assessments Policy and Standards Division

450 N Street, 21st Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-4982

(916) 323-8765 Fax

www.boe.ca.gov


Rental Problems: Non-Profit Association that provides its members with assistance regarding mobile home questions. Will also assist non-members.

Golden State Manufactured-Home Owner's League, Inc.

PO Box 876

Garden Grove, CA 92842

(714) 826-4071

(800) 888-1727



Mobile home insulation or formaldehyde problems:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

(800) 638-2772

www.cpsc.gov



California civil code pertinent to consumers regarding mobile homes:


Mobile home Residency Law (Civil Code Section 798.56)

Revises provision of existing law prohibiting cure of default on basis of nonpayment of rent, utility charges, or incidental service charges, as specified, more than twice during the term of tenancy, to instead prohibit the cure of such default more than twice during a 12 month period.


Mobile home Sales (Unlawful Occupant (Civil Code Section 798.75)

Provides that if a mobile home occupant, having no right of tenancy, refuses to surrender the park site within 5 days after demand, he or she will be considered an unlawful occupant and subject to summary proceedings. The occupant will not be considered an unlawful occupant if:

  • The occupant is the registered owner of the mobile home.
  • The management has determined that the occupant has the financial ability to pay the rent and charges of the park and will comply with the rules and regulations of the park and this statute.
  • The management has failed or refused to offer the occupant a rental agreement.


Mobile home Tenant (Three Day Eviction) (Civil Code Section 798.56)

Precludes the commencement of eviction proceedings against a mobile home tenant until the payment of rent or other charges is at least 5-days late and a 3-day notice to pay or quit has been given to the tenant after the 5-day period has elapsed. The code also provides that if a homeowner has been given a 3-day notice to pay or quit on 3 or more occasions within the preceding 12-month period, a subsequent nonpayment would be grounds for eviction and no additional 3-day notice to pay or quit would be required.