The Cross Law Firm's Landlord Law Blog

June 30, 2011

Death of a Resident in Your Mobilehome Community: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

The Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) provides limited rights to the decedent’s heirs, joint tenants or personal representative. Specifically, the MRL allows a homeowner’s heir, joint tenant or personal representative of the decedent’s estate, who gains ownership of a mobilehome in a mobilehome community as a result of the homeowner’s death, to sell the mobilehome in place in the community to an approved purchaser. This right, however, is conditioned on the heir, joint tenant or personal representative satisfying all of the deceased homeowner’s obligations under the lease. These obligations include satisfying the rent, utilities and maintenance obligations since the death of the homeowner and that continue to accrue until the date the mobilehome is sold. (Civil Code Section 798.78(a).)

One problem with this provision of the MRL that is of concern to you as a community owner, is that it assumes the person has a particular status (heir, joint tenant or personal representative). So, the question(s) for you as the community manager or owner are:

    1. How do you know who is legally entitled to access and potentially sell the deceased homeowner’s mobilehome?
    2. How do you ensure that a person claiming to have authority to act for the deceased homeowner is the legal representative of the decedent’s estate?
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1 Comment »

  1. This very true, as long as you follow the lease, and the laws of each state, I would use a good Lawyer to handle this.

    Comment by haynie9999 — July 31, 2011 @ 3:17 pm | Reply


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