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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.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 90%
    39 years
  2. Trusts: 10%
    39 years



Hourly ($425/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Lindsay Gunn Spiller

    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.


    Lindsay Spiller Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact info

7420 Greenhaven Dr Ste 125
Sacramento, CA, 95831


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Resolution Honoring 25 Years of Distinguished Public ServiceCalifornia State Senate2006
California State Senate Resolution Honoring Public ServiceCalifornia State Senate1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Maurice A. Priest1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionVice-Chair1985 - 1985
California State Bar Committee on Mobilehome LawAppointed as founding Chairman1982 - 1985
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionExecutive Committee1982 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mobilehome Owner Faced with Eviction & Loss of HomeMobilehome Owner Approved for Tenancy
Blackberry Meadows vs. Edith Gagner, El Dorado County Case PCU20030254Adverse Judgment Set Aside, Elderly Woman Returned to Her Home
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Court of Appeal, Sixth District, 55 CA 4th 1522, 65 Cal. Rptr. 2d 42Keh vs. Walters, Amicus Brief for Appellant/Defendant1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1973
Sacramento City CollegeN/AAA with Honors1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UC Irvine Law SchoolLegal Problems Involving Mobilehomes and Mobilehome Parks2011
City of Huntington BeachLegal Rights of Mobilehome Owners During Subdivision Conversion of a Rental Mobilehome Park2011
GSMOL State ConventionRecent Developments in Mobilehome Law2008
Santa Ana Meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Mobile/Manufactured HomesExpert Legal Panel on Mobilehome Law2007
GSMOL State ConventionPreserving Affordable Housing by the Nonprofit Purchase of Mobilehome Parks2006
Palm Desert Seminar of Resident Owned Parks, Inc. (ROP)Organizing Now to Purchase Your Mobilehome Park2005