A bill to protect mobile home park residents overcharged for their water was approved late Monday in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.
Authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, the bill passed with bipartisan approval on a vote of 10-0 and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, according to a press release from his office.
“This bill is about fairness under the law,” said Pérez. “The law should apply equally, regardless of where one lives or purchases water service. This bill ensures that mobile home park residents are eligible to access the same protections and remedies as other water customers.”
AB 1830 clarifies the Public Utilities Code in instances where water rates charged by the mobile home parks are found to be unjust and unreasonable, so that the term “rate relief” may also include the reimbursement of funds to residents who have been overcharged. This change would provide the same rights and protections to residents of mobile home parks who pay for their water services through the park as are enjoyed by customers of investor owned utilities.
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