Sep 26, 2013 7:16 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Brown signs Santa Barbara representative's mobile home bill

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new bill that will prevent lawsuits and protect mobile home residents.

The bill was created by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

According to current laws, mobile home park owners can subdivide lots and sell the individual spots where mobile homes are placed. Jackson says the law is unclear and confusing for many mobile home residents.

"I am thrilled that this bill has been signed into law. This will give local governments the much-needed clarity in the law they've been asking for, so that costly lawsuits will be prevented. Mobile homes are also a source of affordable home ownership, and this will give residents an important way to have a voice in the process when their parks are being subdivided and sold," said Jackson.

Jackson says the City of Goleta has spent more than half a million dollars on litigation expenses related to the Rancho Mobile Home Park.

California has nearly 5,000 mobile home parks. Residents own their mobile homes, but rent the spaces their homes are placed on.



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