Chapter 1.5. Findings And Purposes of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 13. >> Part 2.1. >> Chapter 1.5.
The Legislature finds and declares that increasing numbers
of Californians live in manufactured homes and mobilehomes and that
most of those living in such manufactured homes and mobilehomes
reside in mobilehome parks. Because of the high cost of moving
manufactured homes and mobilehomes, most owners of manufactured homes
and mobilehomes reside within mobilehome parks for substantial
periods of time. Because of the relatively permanent nature of
residence in such parks and the substantial investment which a
manufactured home or mobilehome represents, residents of mobilehome
parks are entitled to live in conditions which assure their health,
safety, general welfare, and a decent living environment, and which
protect the investment of their manufactured homes and mobilehomes.
The Legislature finds and declares that the standards and
requirements established for construction, maintenance, occupancy,
use, and design of mobilehome parks should guarantee park residents
maximum protection of their investment and a decent living
environment. At the same time, the standards and requirements should
be flexible enough to accommodate new technologies and to allow
designs that reduce costs and enhance the living environment of park
The Legislature finds and declares that the inclusion of
specific standards within a statute often precludes the rapid and
flexible action needed to correct substandard conditions, and that it
is desirable to delete outdated requirements, and to add new and
useful requirements designed to protect the health, safety, and
general welfare of park residents or to encourage use of new
technologies in the development of mobilehome parks.
The Legislature finds and declares that the specific
requirements relating to construction, maintenance, occupancy, use,
and design of parks are best developed by the department in
accordance with the criteria established by this part. Placing this
responsibility with the department will allow for modifications of
specific requirements in a rapid fashion and in a manner responsive
to the needs of park residents and owners.
(a) The department shall provide to each mobilehome park
licensed to operate under this part a sign in large boldface print,
with the name, address, and telephone number of the mobilehome
ombudsman designated under Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 18150)
of Part 2. The sign shall be posted by the management in the
mobilehome park clubhouse or in another conspicuous public place
within the mobilehome park.
(b) (1) The enforcement of the posting of the ombudsman sign
required by subdivision (a) may be accomplished by telephonic or
written communication, or by site inspection in response to a
specific complaint concerning the posting of the sign, by site
inspection in response to a combination of complaints concerning the
posting of the sign and other alleged code violations, or pursuant to
the mobilehome park inspection program set forth in Section 18400.1.
(2) This section does not require that enforcement of its
provisions be accomplished by site inspection of every mobilehome
park, or reissuance of a new ombudsman sign to every mobilehome park
in the enforcement agency's jurisdiction to ensure that the ombudsman
signs required by this section are posted.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, a violation
of this section is an infraction.
(a) It is the purpose of this part to accomplish both of the
(1) Assure protection of the health, safety, and general welfare
of all mobilehome park residents.
(2) Allow modifications in regulations adopted pursuant to this
part in a manner consistent with the criteria established in this
(b) The regulations adopted by the department pursuant to the
authority granted in this part shall provide equivalent or greater
protection to residents of mobilehome parks than the statutes and
regulations in effect prior to January 1, 1978.