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2019 House Bill 1582: Addressing manufactured/mobile home tenant protections
Introduced by Rep. Mia Gregerson (SeaTac) (D) on January 24, 2019
Referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on January 24, 2019
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 1, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Mia Gregerson (SeaTac) (D) on March 12, 2019
Provides exceptions to the 3 years' notice requirement if: (a) The mobile home park has been acquired for or is under imminent threat of condemnation; (b) the mobile home park is sold to an organization of park tenants, a nonprofit organization, a local government, or a housing authority for the purpose of preserving the park; or (c) the landlord compensates the tenants for the loss of their homes at their assessed value at any point during the notice period and prior to a change of use or sale of the property. (2) Specifies the form of the 3-year closure notice, and requires the Department of Commerce to produce and maintain translated versions of the notice in the top 10 languages spoken in the state on its web site. (3) Strikes the provision that a rental agreement shall include, or be deemed to include: A limitation on the amount of rent increases tied to the CPI; and a requirement for 6 months' notice of rent increases. (4) Amends the provision requiring rental agreements to include a 5 year rental history, by requiring a written statement with respect to this information, and strikes the requirement for a 2 year future rent projection. (5) Excepts, from the provision requiring landlords to allow an evicted tenant 120 days within which to sell the home in place, tenants evicted for commission of crimes that threaten the health/ safety/welfare of other park tenants, and tenants evicted for engaging in criminal activity. (6) Strikes the section requiring that all notices under the MHLTA be in a language that the tenant understands. (7) Requires that, upon receipt of bids to perform repairs that the landlord failed to carry out, the landlord shall provide the tenant with a copy of the notice regarding the dispute resolution program. (8) Strikes the provision that allowed two or more tenants to collectively initiate remedies.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2019
Received in the Senate on March 14, 2019
Referred to the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee on March 14, 2019
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on April 3, 2019
Amendment offered in the Senate on April 9, 2019
Removes the option for the tenant to waive the two-year or more rental agreement term and have a month-to-month tenancy, but authorizes both landlord and tenant to agree to any rental agreement term less than two years if both parties waive the two-year or more term requirement. (2) Clarifies that the automatic renewal of a rental term to one year at the anniversary date of the tenancy, unless agreed otherwise by the parties, applies to rental agreements of two years or more. (3) Provides that a landlord change to the nature or use of a service or facility charged under a tenancy is not subject to the requirement for landlords to decrease rent proportionately if the service or facility is itemized separately from the rent or permanently discontinued. (4) Modifies the 2-year closure notice requirement to a notice requirement of at least 2 years. (5) Makes a technical correction to remove inconsistent language regarding the required terms of rental agreements.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 9, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Hans Zeiger (Puyallup) (R) on April 17, 2019
Restores the one-year or more rental term agreement requirement. (2) Restores the option of the landlord to provide a covenant in rental agreements that the mobile home park will not be converted to another use for a period of 3 years. (3) Revises the requirement that landlords include a listing of utilities, services, and facilities available in the rental agreement and a statement that the rent will be decreased proportionately if a utility, service, or facility is charged independently or discontinued to utilities only and only when the utilities will be charged independent of the rent. (3) Removes the requirement that rent increases occurring during a closure period may not be more than one percentage point above the consumer price index, housing element. (4) Reduces the thirty-day requirement of notice to comply or vacate for a park rules violation to 20 days' notice. (5) Reduces the 2-year or more closure notice requirement to 12 months. (6) Modifies the "good cause" factor under the court's authority to limit dissemination of an unlawful detainer action to be in accordance with court rule GR 15. (7) Creates a work group of manufactured housing providers and tenants to look at manufactured housing issues and report recommendations to the legislature by June 30, 2020.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 17, 2019
Received in the House on April 23, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 9, 2019

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