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Does the Fair Housing Act affect mobile park owners?

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Real Estate

The California Fair Housing Act (CFHA) is a law that was enacted to protect people from discrimination when they are looking for housing. This includes mobile home parks.

If you are the owner of a mobile home park, it is essential to understand how the CFHA affects you and what you need to do to comply with the law.

What is the California Fair Housing Act (CFHA)?

The California Fair Housing Act (CFHA) makes it illegal to refuse to sell or rent housing to someone based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, familial status, or disability. The Act also protects against discriminatory housing practices such as redlining and steering.

In addition, the CFHA requires landlords and property owners to make reasonable accommodations for disabled tenants. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces the CFHA and investigates housing discrimination complaints.

The Mobilehome Residency Law was created to protect mobile home park owners and residents. The Act sets out specific rules and regulations regarding the operation of mobile home parks, including minimum standards for maintenance and repair, rent increases, and evictions.

If a mobile park owner does not comply with the CFHA requirements, they may be subject to civil penalties. The amount of the liability will depend on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first-time or repeat offense.

Furthermore, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may take administrative action against the park owner, including suspending or revoking their HUD registration. Consequently, mobile park owners need to be aware of and comply with all CFHA requirements to avoid these potential consequences.