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S.B. 95





Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires that a lease between a mobile home park and a resident disclose the
             10      utilities owned and maintained by the mobile home park.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires that a lease between a mobile home park owner and a resident disclose the
             14      utilities owned and maintained through service fees charged to the resident by the
             15      mobile home park; and
             16          .    makes technical corrections.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          57-16-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 255
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 57-16-4 is amended to read:
             27           57-16-4. Termination of lease or rental agreement -- Required contents of lease --

             28      Increases in rents or fees -- Sale of homes -- Notice regarding planned reduction or
             29      restriction of amenities.
             30          (1) A mobile home park or its agents may not terminate a lease or rental agreement
             31      upon any ground other than as specified in this chapter.
             32          (2) Each agreement for the lease of mobile home space shall be written and signed by
             33      the parties.
             34          (3) Each lease shall contain at least the following information:
             35          (a) the name and address of the mobile home park owner and any persons authorized to
             36      act for the owner, upon whom notice and service of process may be served;
             37          (b) the type of the leasehold, whether it be term or periodic, and, in leases entered into
             38      on or after May 6, 2002, a conspicuous disclosure describing the protection a resident has
             39      under Subsection (1) against unilateral termination of the lease by the mobile home park except
             40      for the causes described in Section 57-16-5 ;
             41          (c) (i) a full disclosure of all rent, service charges, and other fees presently being
             42      charged on a periodic basis; and
             43          (ii) a full disclosure of utility infrastructure owned by the mobile home park owner or
             44      its agent that is maintained through service charges and fees charged by the mobile home park
             45      owner or its agent;
             46          (d) the date or dates on which the payment of rent, fees, and service charges are due;
             47      and
             48          (e) all rules that pertain to the mobile home park [which] that, if broken, may constitute
             49      grounds for eviction, including, in leases entered into on or after May 6, 2002, a conspicuous
             50      disclosure regarding:
             51          (i) the causes for which the mobile home park may terminate the lease as described in
             52      Section 57-16-5 ; and
             53          (ii) the resident's rights to:
             54          (A) terminate the lease at any time without cause, upon giving the notice specified in
             55      the resident's lease[,]; and [to]
             56          (B) advertise and sell the resident's mobile home.
             57          [(3)] (4) (a) Increases in rent or fees for periodic tenancies [shall be] are unenforceable
             58      until 60 days after notice of the increase is mailed to the resident.

             59          (b) If service charges are not included in the rent, the mobile home park may:
             60          (i) increase service charges [may be increased] during the leasehold period after giving
             61      notice to the resident [is given,]; and
             62          (ii) pass through increases or decreases in electricity rates [shall be passed through] to
             63      the resident.
             64          (c) Annual income to the park for service charges may not exceed the actual cost to the
             65      mobile home park of providing the services on an annual basis.
             66          (d) In determining the costs of the services, the mobile home park may include
             67      maintenance costs related to those utilities [which] that are part of the service charges.
             68          [(b)] (e) The mobile home park may not alter the date [or dates] on which rent, fees,
             69      and service charges are due unless the mobile home park provides a 60-day written notice
             70      [precedes the alteration] to the resident before the date is altered.
             71          [(4) Any] (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), a rule or condition of a lease
             72      [purporting] that purports to prevent or unreasonably limit the sale of a mobile home belonging
             73      to a resident is void and unenforceable.
             74          (b) The mobile home park:
             75          (i) may[, however,] reserve the right to approve the prospective purchaser of a mobile
             76      home who intends to become a resident[, but the approval];
             77          (ii) may not [be] unreasonably [withheld. The mobile home park] withhold that
             78      approval;
             79          (iii) may require proof of ownership as a condition of approval[. The mobile home
             80      park]; or
             81          (iv) may unconditionally refuse to approve any purchaser of a mobile home who does
             82      not register [prior to purchase] before purchasing the mobile home.
             83          [(5)] (6) If all of the conditions of Section 41-1a-116 are met, a mobile home park may
             84      request [from the Motor Vehicle Division] the names and addresses of the lienholder or owner
             85      of any mobile home located in the park from the Motor Vehicle Division.
             86          [(6)] (7) (a) A mobile home park may not restrict a resident's right to advertise for sale
             87      or to sell [his] a mobile home. [However, the park]
             88          (b) A mobile home park may limit the size of a "for sale" sign affixed to the mobile
             89      home to not more than 144 square inches.

             90          [(7)] (8) A mobile home park may not compel a resident who [desires] wishes to sell
             91      [his] a mobile home[, either directly or indirectly,] to sell it, either directly or indirectly,
             92      through an agent designated by the mobile home park.
             93          [(8) In order to upgrade the quality of a]
             94          (9) A mobile home park[, it] may require that a mobile home be removed from the
             95      park upon sale if:
             96          (a) the mobile home park wishes to upgrade the quality of the mobile home park; and
             97          [(a)] (b) the mobile home either does not meet minimum size specifications[; or (b)
             98      the mobile home] or is in a rundown condition or is in disrepair.
             99          [(9)] (10) Within 30 days after a mobile home park proposes reducing or restricting
             100      amenities, the mobile home park shall:
             101          (a) schedule at least one meeting for the purpose of discussing the proposed restriction
             102      or reduction of amenities with residents; and [shall]
             103          (b) provide at least ten days advance written notice of the date, time, location, and
             104      purposes of the meeting to [all residents] each resident.
             105          [(10) A] (11) The mobile home park shall have a copy of this chapter [shall be] posted
             106      at all times in a conspicuous place in the mobile home park.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-25-08 3:40 PM

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