You really should start with the park manager of the park/communities you are interested in. You will have to fill out an application and be approved by them before you even make an offer on a manufactured home in a rent/lease park/community.
Be wary of any manufactured home built before June 15, 1976 as they are "PRE HUD" homes and will be very difficult if not impossible to finance. Additionally many if not most PRE HUD homes were built using caustic and carcinogenic chemicals i.e. formaldehyde and asbestos.
But before you purchase any manufactured home you should have the home inspected by an experienced manufactured home inspector and not just any home inspector.Make sure the home is level and that the pier and pad assemblies are in good shape.
Be sure the vapor barrier and insulation are in tact and not ripped, torn or lying on the ground. Have the inspector look for drainage issues i.e. standing water, soil erosion, expansive (clay soil), rusted and deteriorating piers and dry rotted or decomposing wood pads supporting the piers.
Most importantly make sure the home has an approved set of Earthquake Resistant Bracing (ERBS) installed under it as much of California is in a Zone 4 seismic area:
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It sounds like you are looking to rent some or all of the mobile home that is in a 55+ park. It all depends on the guidelines and rules of the park where the home is located. I have seen some that have requirements that anyone other than the primary owner, who must be 55+, must be at least 44 years old, unless they are a for assisted living.
The only way to know would be to inquire at the park where the home is located. It might be possible, but the only way to know is to ask. If you would like to have someone to represent you, I would be more than happy to discuss what your desires are in finding a home. There is absolutely no cost to you and please know that I am happy to assist you.
C. Lee Miller
Broker Associate - DRE Lic #01882648