Governor signs AB 3066 (Stone)
Gut and Amend of last year's AB 1269 (Stone)
AB 3066 (Stone) was signed by Governor Brown on September 26, 2018.
We will have more information in coming months on how this will be implemented and we’ll have a discussion during the new laws seminar at the WMA Convention and Expo. Here are some basic highlights:
- Establishes the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Act;
- HCD will assess each community $10 per lot during the annual operating permit fee renewal, starting January 1, 2019;
- Operators are allowed to bill each “homeowner” up to $10 for reimbursement of the fee within 90 days of their payment to HCD;
- The program doesn’t begin taking complaints until July 1, 2020;
- The purpose of the program is to cover the costs of the department incident to the investigation of mobilehome parks for the purposes of enforcing the Mobilehome Residency Law;
- The department will select the “most severe, deleterious, and materially and economically impactful alleged violations” of the Mobilehome Residency Law and advise the park operator and homeowner that they are required to negotiate the matter in good faith to resolve the matter in 25 days.
- If after 25 days, the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the department may refer the complaint to another enforcement agency or a non profit legal services provider.
- The program sunsets, January 1, 2024.
AB 3066 was a re-introduction of AB 1269 (Stone) from last year, which was vetoed by Governor Brown. It was introduced past the regular deadlines on June 18 by gutting and amending an innocuous bill that had already passed to the second house. Needless to say, not a process that engenders a collaborative working environment to fix a flawed and badly drafted bill.