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 Ed Fund Mobilehome Townhall - GSMOL's "MRL 101" featuring Bruce Stanton July 23, 2022
                                                                     Your Rights Bytes #22 By Bruce Stanton, GSMOL Corporate Counsel   HOME UPGRADES ON RESALE:   WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AS A SELLER? When a mobilehome is sold “in place”, it is common for park management to require certain repairs or upgrades to the home as a condition of it remaining in the park.   These “upgrades” are regulated by Civil Code 798.73.5 (a), which limits management’s ability to require repairs or upgrades at time of resale as follows: The repair or upgrade must pertain to the mobilehome or to accessory structures like sheds, cabanas, porches and the like.   Civil Code 798.83 clearly states that a selling homeowner cannot be required to make repairs or improvements to the park space or park property (i.e. anything in the ground) unless it was damaged due to action of the homeowner.   Thus, for example, management cannot require tree removal as a sale upgrade unless
  Golden State Manufactured-home Owners Education Fund (GSMOEF) invites you to a Virtual Mobilehome Townhall "MRL 101" Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:00 AM featuring Bruce Stanton, GSMOL Corporate Counsel "MRL 101" is a great way to learn the basics of the Mobilehome Residency Law!   Bruce Stanton's interactive question-and-answer format gets everyone involved.   Following the presentation, questions will be taken from the audience. To get the Zoom or telephone information, contact your GSMOL Chapter President, Associate Manager, Region Manager or Zone Vice President. Due to the different format of the "MRL 101", we will not be taking pre-submitted questions this time.   During the Q & A we prefer questions related to the MRL, and we will alternate between raised hands and questions posted in the chat.  ONE QUESTION ONLY PER ATTENDEE PLEASE!  Bruce Stanton's "answer sheet" for the MRL 101 will also be posted in the chat at the end of the
  Your Rights Bytes #21 By Bruce Stanton, GSMOL Corporate Counsel Assembly Bill 2782 and the Civil Code sec. 798.17 Long-Term Lease Exemption Assembly Bill 2782, sponsored by GSMOL, took effect January 1, 2020.   It contains a important changes in the law that greatly benefit mobilehome residents, including to both the park closure/conversion laws and the long-term lease exemption from mobilehome rent stabilization ordinances (RSO) contained in Civil Code 798.17.   These are important to note and remember, and are summarized as follows:   Park Closure/Conversion Law   Q:   How did AB 2782 change park closure/conversion laws? A:   Prior law stated local governments may require a park owner to mitigate the impact of a park conversion/closure by purchasing the resident’s home via a fair market value “buyout” when the resident cannot be relocated to new housing (which is common).   AB2782 amended the Government Code to require park owners to compensate displaced residents
  Your Rights Bytes #20   Q.   Can the park start billing residents for utilities that were previously included in the rent? A.   If the residents’ rental agreement provides that sewer, water and garbage are included in the rent, the park management may elect to itemize or charge separately for these utilities. (Civil Code [Mobilehome Residency Law, or MRL] §798.41) In this case, the average monthly amount of the utility charges shall be deducted from the rent. If the rental agreement does not specifically indicate that utility charges are included in the rent, then the park owner could charge for them after complying with the 60-day written notice requirement. (Civil Code §798.32) Recap: ● If the lease or rental agreement stipulates separate charges, then the resident must pay accordingly. ● If it is not stipulated in the lease or rental agreement, then the park must give a 60-day advance written notice of an itemized billing.   Q.   Can the park owner require a deposi

Ed Fund Mobilehome Townhall on April 23, 2022

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 Golden State Manufactured-home Owners Education Fund (GSMOEF) invites you to a Virtual Mobilehome Townhall Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:00 AM featuring Bruce Stanton, GSMOL Corporate Counsel To get the Zoom or telephone information, contact your GSMOL Chapter President, Associate Manager, Region Manager or Zone Vice President. If you have a question you would like Bruce Stanton to answer, please submit it in advance to edfund.gsmoef@gmail.com.  ONE question only please! Questions will also be taken at the meeting after Mr. Stanton has finished his talk and answered the pre-submitted questions.    Attendees may ask ONE QUESTION ONLY, and it must be a question, not a story.  (If your question is complicated or requires a lot of background, it is best to arrange with your Zone Vice President to meet with Mr. Stanton individually. It is necessary for us to make these limits because we have had as many as 180 people attending a Townhall.)  We will alternate between questions put into the ch

Ed Fund Mobilehome Townhall on January 22, 2022

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 Golden State Manufactured-home Owners Education Fund (GSMOEF) presents a Virtual Townhall Saturday, January 22, 2022,  10:00 AM featuring Bruce Stanton, GSMOL Corporate Counsel speaking on New State Legislation and How it Impacts MH Owners You may attend via Zoom or call in from any kind of telephone. Meeting ID: 838 8797 2451 Passcode: 126115 Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83887972451?pwd=VlF2MnZiakQzUlUvUjdubzEvTFB4dz09 Meeting ID: 838 8797 2451 Passcode: 126115 Mute/Unmute yourself by clicking on the microphone at the lower left corner of the Zoom screen. Raise/Lower your hand by clicking on Reactions at the bottom of the Zoom screen and then choosing Raise Hand or Lower Hand.   Please remember to lower your hand when you have been called upon by the host. OR Call in on a telephone: (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 838 8797 2451 Passcode: 126115 One tap mobile:   +16699006833,,83887972451#,,,,*126115#  Mute/Unmute yourself with *6 (Star Six) Raise/Lower your hand with *9 (

Santa Maria Coalition fighting for Rent Stabilization with funding from GSMOEF

 The North County Manufactured Homeowners Team is not backing down from their fight for mobile home rent stabilization in Santa Maria, with several residents pleading their case during City Council public comment period for the last five meetings. Despite residents' consistent appearances and their submission of a petition this week with over 450 signatures asking for the council to bring back a formal discussion about rent stabilization and the effectiveness of the current model lease, they say their requests have largely been ignored.  "Friends keep asking me, 'How long before the City Council will be acting on our questions of rent control for manufactured homes? You keep going and coming back without an answer,'" La Maria Mobile Home Park resident Esther Jensen said at a Tuesday council meeting. "My answer to them is, 'I don’t know, and I wonder if they even care to address the issue. We just know we’ll keep trying until we get some answers.'"