Recent Posts in Mobile Home Law

  • 22-Jul-2021

    What Are the Rules for Live-In Caregivers in California?

    Hiring live-in caregivers is a complex situation in California, especially for people who live in mobile homes, tiny homes, and other untraditional properties. Because live-in caregivers live with the people they care for, they are not only employees ...
  • 1-Jul-2021

    Who Regulates Mobile Home Parks in California?

    In California, mobile homes are regulated by the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL). Like other laws, the MRL is enforced by civil courts. If a park owner wishes to evict you from a mobile home park for nonpayment of rent or violating park rules, they ...
  • 23-Jun-2021

    What Type of Mobile Home Community Is Right for Me?

    Every mobile home park is different, and before you purchase a mobile home, you should think about what type of mobile home community you want to live in. Some communities are pet-friendly, others cater to families, and some parks are reserved for ...
  • 17-May-2021

    Profits Over People: Investors Try to Commodify One of the Last Viable Sources of Affordable Housing

    TIME Magazine uses a case study of a manufactured home community in Akron, New York to explore how investors are commodifying the mobile home industry. By raising rents to increase returns, big companies are putting America’s most vulnerable ...
  • 8-Apr-2021

    How Los Angeles Is Using Tiny Homes to Help with Homelessness

    Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission recently opened a Tiny Home Village to provide interim housing and services for people without homes in Los Angeles. The village, which occupies a one-acre plot in North Hollywood, has 39 units, on-site laundry, and ...
  • 1-Apr-2021

    What Is Landlord Tenant Law?

    Landlord-tenant law refers to a body of laws that regulate rental properties and outline the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. The landlord is the person who owns the property, and the tenant is the person who pays to rent ...
  • 22-Mar-2021

    How Mobile Homes Work As Affordable Housing

    The term, “mobile home,” is outdated and calls to mind “ trailer parks, ‘redneck Riverias,’ and Kentucky double-wides,” but the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy argues that manufactured homes (the new term for ...
  • 8-Feb-2021

    What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Cases?

    The most common personal injury cases are car accident claims and slips, trips, and falls. Because of our special focus on mobile home and real estate law, however, the most common personal injury cases we see at Allen Semelsberger Kaelin, LLP are ...
  • 22-Jan-2021

    Do Big Investors Mean Predatory Practices in American Mobile Home Parks?

    Mobile homes are one of the last remaining options for affordable housing in the United States. Unfortunately, big investors are all too ready to take advantage. Across the country, investors like Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), The Carlyle Group, ...
  • 8-Jan-2021

    What Is Black Mold?

    More commonly known as black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum is a toxigenic indoor mold linked to serious health problems. Like other indoor molds, black mold can grow in areas of the home that are warm, humid, and damp. When the mold reproduces via ...
  • 6-Nov-2020

    Are Tiny Houses and Mobile Homes the Same?

    Although mobile homes and tiny houses are similar, California law does not view them the same way. Many other states are also struggling to adapt to the tiny house movement, and people who want to live in tiny houses often find themselves thwarted by ...
  • 9-Apr-2020

    What You Should Know About Filing a Case Against the Owner of Your Mobile Home Park

    The owner of a mobile home park is more than just the person with their name on the deed. Mobile home park owners are often responsible for maintaining the park, fixing problems brought forth by residents, providing utilities, coordinating with local ...
  • 7-Oct-2019

    Mobile Home Park Rent Increases - Do I Need an Attorney?

    Throughout the United States, the price of rent is a major issue for many tenants. Especially in states like California where housing prices are higher than ever before, issues surrounding rent increases top the list of concerns for working-class ...
  • 22-Aug-2019

    What You Should Know as a Mobile Homeowner

    The state of California contains about 4,800 mobile home parks. If you own a mobile home, chances are, you live in one of them. Mobile home parks are plots of land that are subdivided into smaller, separated lots. Each lot or space has a utility ...
  • 15-Jul-2019

    Mobile Home Residents: Know Your Rights

    Whether you pay rent in an apartment or you live in a mobile home park, the state of California has laws in place to protect your rights. Similar to landlord-tenant law, the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) is enforced by the courts. While mobile home ...
  • 19-Jun-2019

    My Mobile Home Park is Closing. Can I Take Legal Action?

    When you live in a mobile park, you may own your home outright – but the land around it is rented from a mobile park owner. Of course, that means that the park landlord technically has the right to stop operating their park, which could lead to ...
  • 16-Aug-2018

    The Trump Administration Targets Fair Housing Protections

    Since its implementation in 1968, the Fair Housing Act has offered many opportunities to minority citizens who want to rent or purchase housing property. Under the provisions of the act, it is illegal to discriminate against potential home owners ...
  • 19-Feb-2018

    What Grounds Does a Landlord Need to Terminate Mobile Home Park Tenancy?

    If you own a mobile home and rent a lot, it is crucial that you understand your rights as a mobile home park tenant. Evictions are serious matters. The owner or operator, otherwise known as the landlord, of the mobile park you are renting a lot in ...
  • 2-Feb-2018

    What Are the Rights and Duties of Mobile Home Landlords and Tenants?

    As a mobile home tenant, it is in your best interest to have a clear understanding or your rights and what is expected of you as a tenant. However, your landlord has duties he or she must also uphold, and can be held accountable when those duties are ...
  • 15-Nov-2017

    Mobile Home Park Inspections: What Should I Expect?

    Over 21 million Americans live in mobile homes throughout the country. This accounts for nearly 8% of the country’s population. Many of these homes were not built up to current wind standards. With all the recent hurricanes taking place ...
  • 8-Nov-2017

    Does a Mobile Home Park Owner Have to Meet with Residents to Discuss Disputes?

    When it comes to disputes between tenants and landlords, there are procedures that must be followed by both parties in order for any resolutions to be considered legal. Mobile home park owners are required by law to provide a process for establishing ...
  • 25-Sep-2017

    Can the Mobile Home Park Owner Evict Me?

    In California, the rights of mobile home residents are strictly enforced in order to protect park inhabitants and owners alike. If your mobile park owner threatens to evict you, know that they may only do so with a just cause. Not only must an owner ...
  • 14-Sep-2017

    Is Your Mobile Home Park Violating the Fair Housing Act?

    In California, the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition to this, the Act also prohibits discrimination based on a person’s ...
  • 7-Sep-2017

    Mobile Home Park Closure & Conversion: Know Your Rights

    Many people are affected when a mobile home park closes or converts its operation. In this blog, we explain what mobile home park tenants can expect during these transitions and how to protect their legal rights. Notice of Closure California laws ...
  • 5-Sep-2017

    Evictions: Do I Have a Case Against My Mobile Home Park Owner?

    People who own a mobile home or rent a lot in a mobile home park, are considered to be mobile home park tenants. In order for these people to be evicted from their homes, special rules must first be followed. In this blog, we explain the process for ...
  • 27-Mar-2017

    Residents of California Hawaiian Mobile Estates Settle Case for $9,900,000

    In 2007, the residents of the California Hawaiian Mobile Estates decided that they’d had enough. Their park, once well-maintained and beautiful, had become a rundown eyesore. Park lighting was held up by rebar and duct tape. The clubhouse was ...
  • 15-Feb-2017

    Why You Should Never Sign a Lease Once You Are a Park Resident

    When a mobile home park resident moves into a park, they are required to sign a lease. This is the only lease a resident is ever required to sign and it should be the only lease ever signed. It may not shock you to learn that the lease offered by the ...
  • 10-Feb-2017

    What Are My Rights as a Mobile Home Owner?

    Mobile home laws vary across state lines. What may be true for mobile home lots in Florida, may not be true for lots in Kansas or Washington. Your rights as a California mobile home owner start with the California Mobile Home Residency Law (MRL). ...
  • 6-Feb-2017

    What Do I Need to Know About the California Mobile Home Residency Law?

    Starting in the 1950s, mobile homes were used as an inexpensive housing option for people who wanted to own their homes. As of 2013, around 20 million Americans live in mobile homes across the United States. In California, one of the most populous ...
  • 19-Jan-2017

    Mobile Home Case to Change California Law

    The residents of a San Diego mobile home park, Terrace View Mobile Home Estates (“Terrace View”), recently won a case which will change the law in California. For the first time, a jury found that a park owner may not charge unreasonable ...
  • 7-Jul-2016

    Jury Awards $58,389,000 to Households of Terrace View Mobile Home Park

    On July 6, 2016, a San Diego civil jury awarded $58,389,000 to 10 households of the Terrace View Mobile Home Park. For more information on this success, read our press release: ...

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