What to do to prepare your home for an HCD Inspection

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) handles the inspection of Mobile Home Parks in most cities in California. The park is given notice of the inspection and the notice should be posted in a conspicuous location in the park. It is your responsibility to make sure your home and your lot are ready for the inspection. If there are violations noted in regards to your home or your lot you will be the one required to make the repair, and/or pay the fine. Here are a few things to do to prepare your home for inspection.

  1. Display evidence on the exterior of your MH unit of current registration or Local Property Taxation status. If exterior decals or plates are unavailable you may provide current registration documents to the inspector for review. Or you may temporarily display current registration documents inside a window until the inspection of your lot or park is complete.
  2. Fix all leaking plumbing
  3. Fix damaged awning structures
  4. Remove unapproved electrical wiring
  5. Remove all debris, rubbish and combustible material stored around or under the home.
  6. When repairing stairs or steps do so in compliance with the HCD inspection handbook. (Illustration from handbook can be seen below)
  7. Know what the common violations are. Click Here to download the HCD handbook with a full list of common violations. (Visit the HCD website and download their handbook that contains a full list of common violations http://www.hcd.ca.gov/codes/mobilehome-special-occupancy-parks/mp_resident_booklet.pdf)

Make sure that you and your home are prepared. If you are not you could end up paying a lot of money in fines and risk eviction from the park if the violations are not fixed.