Legislative News

Legislative Items for 2021:

AAMHO is working with the legislature to pass House Bill 2382 which will update the language for “caregivers” to reflect federal law.  If passed and signed into law, the language will read as follows:

33-1413.03.  Care givers

Pursuant to State and Federal Fair Housing Laws, a resident who has a disability as defined in Section 41-1491 may have one or more persons occupy the resident’s mobile home to provide necessary live-in health care, personal care or supportive services if the care or services are necessary to afford the resident with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling.  The landlord shall not charge a fee for the persons rendering live-in health care, personal care or supportive services.  The persons rendering live-in health care, personal care or supportive services have no rights of tenancy, and any agreement between the resident and the persons rendering live-in health care, personal care or supportive services does not modify any term or condition of the rental agreement between the landlord and tenant.  The persons rendering live-in health care, personal care or supportive services shall comply with the rules and regulations of the mobile home park.”

AAMHO is also closely monitoring House Bill 2446 which has been introduced at the request of the Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA).  If passed, this bill will establish trust and escrow requirements for dealers that are also owners of mobile home parks.  The buyer still has the option to use a Title Company for this transaction.

Legislative Items for 2020:

Due to the COVID crisis, the Arizona Legislature adjourned early after passing only limited legislation deemed critical.  Therefore, the AAMHO proposed legislation to update State statutes to better insure mobile home residents are provided appropriate accommodation when in need of caregiver assistance did not pass.

Legislative Items for 2019:

HB 2515, mobile home abandonment, was introduced by Rep. Biassuchi on behalf of MHCA. As introduced, the bill contained numerous pages of new statutory requirements outlining the abandonment process that would have had severe and negative implications on homeowners.  AAMHO was successful in opposing the bill, and MHCA agreed to remove all abandonment language from the bill.  All that remains is a piece related to building code citations that states a local government must cite the homeowner if the violation is on the home (verses the park as they do today). The amended bill passed the House Commerce Committee 5-4 and now heads to a hearing in the House Government Committee on 2/20.

HB 2688, mobile homes, taxes, abandonment sales, was introduced by Rep. Thorpe on behalf of the Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office.  Of particular interest to AAMHO, the bill requires the Treasurer’s Office and the Office of Manufactured Housing to transmit paperwork confirming back taxes are paid and the new home location noticed prior to disbursement of relocation fund dollars.  The bill will be heard in the House Technology Committee on 2/20.

Legislative Items for 2018:

After a very busy 2017 legislative session, AAMHO did not introduce any new legislation.  However, AAMHO did monitor all introduced legislation and found no conflicts of interest.

Legislative Items for 2017:

IV. Inheritance of mobile home; requirements

For any person who inherits a mobile home by will, trust or any other testamentary conveyance. Pursuant to HB 2176 enacted 3/29/17. A.R.S. § 33-1419.

Reside in the mobile home on the premises only if the person meets the requirements prescribed for other tenants in the mobile home park, including compliance with age requirements, background checks and signing the mobile home park’s standard rental documentation. A.R.S. § 33-1419 (a).

Sell the mobile home in accordance with the provisions of this article and the deceased tenant’s rental agreement. A.R.S. § 33-1419 (b).

The person shall pay any amount past due to the landlord from the deceased tenant. A.R.S. § 33-1419 (2).

The landlord shall apply all of the deceased tenant’s prepaid amounts or credits, including security deposits, for the benefit of the person inheriting the mobile home. A.R.S. § 33-1419 (3)

VI. Mobile Home Relocation Fund

Each owner of a park trailer or a park model located in a mobile home park who does not own the land the park trailer or park model is located on shall pay each year to the state an assessment in an amount determined by making the assessment as prescribed. A.R.S. § 33-2151. Pursuant to HB 2176 enacted 3/29/17.

Park Closure or Redevelopment

For recreational vehicles that are park trailers or park models, the tenant can collect from the Relocation Fund the lesser of the actual moving expenses or $4000, or the tenant may abandon the park model or park trailer in the park, and collect an amount equal to one-fourth of the allowable moving expense for that home from the fund if the tenant delivers to the landlord the current title to the home with the notarized endorsement of the owner of record together with complete releases of all liens that are shown on the title and pays all property taxes due on the home. If the park trailer or park model was ground set in the park from which it was removed, the tenant may collect up to $2500 additionally for the cost of removing a ground set home. A.R.S. § 33-2149. Pursuant to HB 2176 enacted 3/29/17.

After delivery of the 180 day notice, the landlord and the tenants shall inform any prospective buyer or tenant that closure of the park is pending. A.R.S. § 33-1476.01(N). Pursuant to HB 2176 enacted 3/29/17.

Change in Age Restricted Community

For recreational vehicles that are park trailers or park models the tenant can collect, from the Relocation Fund, the lesser of the actual moving expenses or $4000, or the tenant may abandon the park model or park trailer in the park, and collect an amount equal to one-fourth of the allowable moving expense for that home from the fund if the tenant delivers to the landlord the current title to the home with the notarized endorsement of the owner of record together with complete releases of all liens that are shown on the title and pays all property taxes due on the home; if the park trailer or park model was ground set in the park from which it was removed, the tenant may collect up to $2500 additionally for the cost of removing a ground set home. A.R.S. § 33-2150. Pursuant to HB 2176 enacted 3/29/17.

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