A recognized expert in mobilehome law and affordable housing, Maurice Priest, was appointed by the State Bar of California as the founding Chairman of the State Bar Committee on Mobilehome Law in 1982. He was also appointed by the State Bar of California as a Member of the Real Property Law Section Executive Committee from 1982-1985, where he served as Vice-Chairman in 1985.
He has qualified as an Expert Witness in Mobilehome Law cases by several Superior Courts in California, and has handled cases and trials for homeowner associations (HOA's) and homeowners on all aspects of mobilehome law including failure to maintain common areas, interference with home resales, breach of rental/lease agreements, and breach of park rules and regulations. HOA's have benefited from his advice during lease negotiations, amendments to rules and regulations, and in their efforts to gain resident and nonprofit ownership of mobilehome parks.
For 28 years, Maurice Priest served as the registered lobbyist at the State Capitol in Sacramento for Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League, Inc. (GSMOL) representing the interests of homeowners and their associations. During his tenure as lobbyist for GSMOL, over 175 new laws were enacted to protect the interests of homeowners. During his lobbying career he worked on all legislation regarding the resident and nonprofit purchase of mobilehome parks, and this uniqure experience has proven invaluable to homeowners seeking to gain ownership of the rental parks where they live.
During his 28 year career as a lobbyist, Mr. Priest, helped to write and gain passage of, legislation which became The Floating Homes Act of California. This body of law became the Floating Homes Residency Law, Civil Code Section 800, et seq. This act extended to floating home owners who rent slips in marinas, many of the same laws that Mr. Priest advocated for mobilehome owners renting spaces in mobile home parks.
Mr. Priest serves as President of nonprofit Resident Owned Parks, Inc. (ROP), an IRS-approved nonprofit housing corporation, that has served as the conversion consultant for HOA's purchasing mobilehome parks. Nonprofit ROP's direct purchase and management of mobilehome communities has benefited many homeowners and associations that could not afford to directly purchase mobilehome parks. Mr. Priest's expertise in local and state loan and grant programs, tax-exempt bond financing, and conventional financing for the acquisition of mobilehome parks, has proven extremely helpful to his clients seeking to preserve affordable housing.
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Maurice has been an inspiration and a mentor to me. His personal integrity, dedication to his craft, care for his clients, and good work in the community mark him as an outstanding attorney. I unhesitatingly recommend Maurice to anyone needing an excellent advocate and advisor.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Resolution Honoring 25 Years of Distinguished Public Service||California State Senate||2006|
|California State Senate Resolution Honoring Public Service||California State Senate||1996|
|Attorney||Law Office of Maurice A. Priest||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section||Vice-Chair||1985 - 1985|
|California State Bar Committee on Mobilehome Law||Appointed as founding Chairman||1982 - 1985|
|State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section||Executive Committee||1982 - 1985|
|Mobilehome Owner Faced with Eviction & Loss of Home||Mobilehome Owner Approved for Tenancy|
|Blackberry Meadows vs. Edith Gagner, El Dorado County Case PCU20030254||Adverse Judgment Set Aside, Elderly Woman Returned to Her Home|
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|California Court of Appeal, Sixth District, 55 CA 4th 1522, 65 Cal. Rptr. 2d 42||Keh vs. Walters, Amicus Brief for Appellant/Defendant||1997|
|Western State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||Political Science||Other - Bachelors||1973|
|Sacramento City College||N/A||AA with Honors||1971|
|UC Irvine Law School||Legal Problems Involving Mobilehomes and Mobilehome Parks||2011|
|City of Huntington Beach||Legal Rights of Mobilehome Owners During Subdivision Conversion of a Rental Mobilehome Park||2011|
|GSMOL State Convention||Recent Developments in Mobilehome Law||2008|
|Santa Ana Meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Mobile/Manufactured Homes||Expert Legal Panel on Mobilehome Law||2007|
|GSMOL State Convention||Preserving Affordable Housing by the Nonprofit Purchase of Mobilehome Parks||2006|
|Palm Desert Seminar of Resident Owned Parks, Inc. (ROP)||Organizing Now to Purchase Your Mobilehome Park||2005|