MOBILE HOME, MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OWNERS & MANAGERS
PARK MANAGER INTIMIDATION
Q. What can residents do about park managers who intimidate and harass?
A. This is one of the most difficult issues to resolve and there are no easy
Recent legislation to initiate a mandatory educational training
program for park managers (AB 1469; 2006) was vetoed by the Governor.
There are no qualifications to be a mobilehome park manager. Many are
good managers, but some are unprofessional and arbitrary in dealing with
The Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) gives residents certain
rights, but when difficult issues have to be resolved, residents need to form
homeowners‟ organizations or affiliate with mobilehome groups that advocate
for mobilehome owners interests and work as a group in dealing with the park
The best defense is a good offense, but don‟t confront the
manager in a belligerent or overly argumentative fashion to make matters
worse. If the manager won‟t let residents use the clubhouse for meetings, get
organized and use one of the residents‟ homes or meet at a nearby
restaurant, community center or meeting place outside the park.
journal or document as evidence all manager violations. Consult an attorney,
victims‟ rights groups, local fair housing organization or the state Department
of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) about your rights, as well and those
of others in the park, relating to possible violations of protected classes
(discrimination), elder abuse laws, unfair business practices, or the MRL.
you prevail against the management in court, you can ask the court for
attorney‟s fees. If you can prove willful management violations of the MRL
you can obtain up to a $2,000 penalty for each violation.
Talk to the local
newspaper or TV news about doing a story about conditions in the park.
Have an attorney send a letter to the park owner about the manager‟s
behavior and request a meeting with the owner or another representative of
the owner, other than the manager.
Ask the owner to consider that the
manager be replaced before he/she becomes a liability to the park owner.
● Form a homeowners group, keep record of evidence, and contact local or
state fair housing commission for counsel and assistance.
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