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AB-2588 Manufactured housing.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/22/2018 09:00 PM
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Enrolled  August 22, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  August 20, 2018
Passed  IN  Assembly  May 30, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2588


Introduced by Assembly Member Chu

February 15, 2018


An act to amend Sections 18029.6 and 18603 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to manufactured housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2588, Chu. Manufactured housing.
Existing law, the Manufactured Housing Act of 1980, requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to enforce various laws pertaining to the structural, fire safety, plumbing, heat-producing, or electrical systems and installations or equipment of a manufactured home, mobilehome, special purpose commercial coach, or commercial coach. Under existing law, a knowing violation of the act is punishable as a misdemeanor offense, as specified. The act, on or after January 1, 2009, requires all used manufactured homes, used mobilehomes, and used multifamily manufactured homes that are sold to have a smoke alarm installed in each room designed for sleeping that is operable on the date or transfer of title.
This bill would require all used manufactured homes, used mobilehomes, and used multifamily manufactured homes that are sold or rented to have a smoke alarm that has been approved and listed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal on or after January 1, 2014. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Existing law, the Mobilehome Parks Act, requires an owner or operator of an existing mobilehome park to adopt an emergency preparedness plan on or before September 1, 2010. The act requires the owner or operator, for an existing park, and for parks constructed after September 10, 2010, to post notice of the plan in the park clubhouse and another conspicuous area, as specified, and, on or before September 10, 2010, to provide information relating to accessing the plan and individual emergency preparedness information. Existing law requires an enforcement agency to determine park compliance with these provisions if certain conditions have been met. Existing law deems a violation of these provisions to constitute an unreasonable risk to life, health, or safety and requires correction by park management within 60 days of notice of the violation. Under existing law, a willful violation of the act is a misdemeanor, as specified.
This bill would require every park owner or operator to annually, on or before January 1, post notice of the emergency preparedness plan in the park clubhouse or in another publicly accessible area, as specified, and, on or before September 10, 2019, and annually thereafter, to provide notice of how to access the plan and information on individual emergency preparedness and how to obtain the plan in a language other than English. The bill would also require the owner or operator to make the emergency preparedness plan available in English, the Medi-Cal threshold languages, as defined by specified law, and, upon written request by a resident, the language spoken by that resident. The bill would require the department to provide translation services to the park operator or owner to fulfill these requirements. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 18029.6 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

18029.6.
 (a) (1) On or after January 1, 2019, all used manufactured homes, used mobilehomes, and used multifamily manufactured homes that are sold or rented shall have a smoke alarm that has been approved and listed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal on or after January 1, 2014. The smoke alarm shall be installed in each room designed for sleeping that is operable on the date of transfer of title. For manufactured homes and multifamily manufactured homes manufactured on or after September 16, 2002, each smoke alarm shall comply with the federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act. For manufactured homes and multifamily manufactured homes manufactured before September 16, 2002, each smoke alarm shall be installed in accordance with the terms of its listing and installation requirements, and battery-powered smoke alarms shall be acceptable for use when installed in accordance with the terms of their listing and installation requirements.
(2) For manufactured homes and multifamily manufactured homes manufactured before September 16, 2002, the smoke alarm manufacturer’s information describing the operation, method and frequency of testing, and proper maintenance of the smoke alarm shall be provided to the purchaser for any smoke alarm installed pursuant to paragraph (1).
(b) Subdivision (a) shall be satisfied if, within 45 days prior to the date of transfer of title, the transferor signs a declaration stating that each smoke alarm in the manufactured home, mobilehome, or multifamily manufactured home is installed pursuant to subdivision (a) and is operable on the date the declaration is signed.
(c) The department may adopt rules and regulations to clarify or implement this section.
(d) For sales of manufactured homes or mobilehomes installed on real property pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 18551, as to real estate agents licensed pursuant to Division 4 (commencing with Section 10000) of the Business and Professions Code, the real estate licensee liability provisions of subdivisions (e), (f), and (g) of Section 13113.8 shall apply to the disclosures required by this section.

SEC. 2.

 Section 18603 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

18603.
 (a) In every park there shall be a person available by telephonic or like means, including telephones, cellular phones, telephone answering machines, answering services or pagers, or in person who shall be responsible for, and who shall reasonably respond in a timely manner to emergencies concerning, the operation and maintenance of the park. In every park with 50 or more units, that person or his or her designee shall reside in the park, have knowledge of emergency procedures relative to utility systems and common facilities under the ownership and control of the owner of the park, and shall be familiar with the emergency preparedness plans for the park.
(b) (1) On or before September 1, 2010, an owner or operator of an existing park shall adopt an emergency preparedness plan.
(2) For a park constructed after September 1, 2010, an owner or operator of a park shall adopt a plan in accordance with this section prior to the issuance of the permit to operate.
(3) An owner or operator may comply with paragraph (1) by either of the following methods:
(A) Adopting the emergency procedures and plans approved by the Standardized Emergency Management System Advisory Board on November 21, 1997, entitled “Emergency Plans for Mobilehome Parks,” and compiled by the Office of Emergency Services in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order W-156-97, or any subsequent version.
(B) Adopting a plan that is developed by the park management and is comparable to the procedures and plans specified in subparagraph (A).
(c) In every park, an owner or operator of a park shall do both of the following:
(1) Annually, on or before January 1, post notice of the emergency preparedness plan in the park clubhouse or in another publicly accessible area within the mobilehome park.
(2) On or before September 10, 2019, and annually thereafter, provide notice of how to access the plan and information on individual emergency preparedness information from the appropriate state or local agencies, including, but not limited to, the Office of Emergency Services, and how to obtain the plan in a language other than English, to all existing residents. This notice shall also be provided, upon approval of tenancy, to all new residents. This may be accomplished in a manner that includes, but is not limited to, distribution of materials and posting notice of the plan or information on how to access the plan via the Internet.
(d) The owner or operator shall make the emergency preparedness plan available in English, the Medi-Cal threshold languages, as defined by Section 127928, and, upon written request by a resident, either by a hard copy or electronically, the language spoken by that resident. The department shall provide translation services to the park operator or owner to fulfill the requirements of this subdivision.
(e) An enforcement agency shall determine whether park management is in compliance with this section. The agency may ascertain compliance by receipt of a copy of the plan during site inspections conducted in response to complaints of alleged violations, or for any other reason.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, a violation of this section shall constitute an unreasonable risk to life, health, or safety and shall be corrected by park management within 60 days of notice of the violation.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.