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Making Sense of Mobilehomes – Homeowner and Tenants’ Rights


Speaker(s): Eugene P. Haydu, Ilene J. Jacobs, Ronald S. Javor
Recorded on: May. 4, 2015
PLI Program #: 133677

Ronald Javor earned his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Southern California after a three-year term as a VISTA Volunteer, mostly in the mid-west.  He then was a legal services attorney in San Pedro, CA, specializing in housing issues until 1978 when he joined the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  Until semi-retirement in 2009, he was a prior General Counsel, Department Deputy Director, staff counsel, and Assistant Deputy Director for Housing Standards.  A significant portion of his time during his tenure dealt with housing code development and enforcement for conventional housing, mobilehome parks, and employee (farmworker) housing.  His litigation role on behalf of the department included Barela v. Superior Court (1981) 178 Cal.Rptr. 618; (statutory and constitutional retaliatory eviction protections) and Briseno v. City of Santa Ana (1992) 8 Cal. Rptr. 2nd 486, (invalidity of city ordinance imposing limits on occupant.)

Since 1986, he has been the lead co-author for the mobilehome parks landlord-tenant practice chapter, with annual updates, for California Residential Landlord-Tenant Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar, and the lead co-author for a housing codes and enforcement chapter in The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development, American Bar Association, 2005. 

Since retirement, he has worked with Sacramento’s homeless population and served in a number of nonprofit organizations providing and advocating for affordable housing and homeless services.  He provides training for various organizations related to rights and obligations related to mobilehome parks, employee housing, and code enforcement and often volunteers as a Small Claims Court Pro Tem.  He has written two illustrated children’s books on homeless families’ trials and tribulations (“Homer Finds A Home” and “Wendy’s Wonderful Window”) and another on a family’s self-help housing construction adventure (“Jerome Builds A Home”), all of which are available on-line at Amazon Books and Barnes & Noble or in group sales.


Previous to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Haydu worked in the construction industry as a carpenter. Immediately thereafter, he began his practice as an attorney representing contractors, architects, engineers and real estate brokers. Since that time, Mr. Haydu has changed his focus to represent owners of real property against the builders, designers and realtors.

The firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: Construction Litigation, Construction Law, Construction Defects, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Consumer Law, and Warranty Law.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • Oregon, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988

 Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - December, 1987
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    • BA - 1976

 Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Member
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Sacramento Rental Housing Association, Member
  • California Association of Consumer Attorneys, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Peace Corps, 1979 - 1981


Ilene J. Jacobs is a statewide Director of Litigation, Advocacy & Training for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) and Director of the CRLA fair housing project. She has dedicated her legal career to advocacy for the housing and civil rights of farmworkers, the exploited racial and ethnic groups, homeless, and other excluded urban and rural communities. Her areas of interest and practice are civil rights, fair housing and farmworker housing. She has held leadership positions on state and national task forces, boards and commissions addressing rural housing and poverty, and served on the National Census Advisory Committee. Ms. Jacobs has taught housing law for the University of California at Davis School of Law and courses for Yuba Community College. She was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1979 and the Maryland State Bar in 1983, and was a housing attorney with the National Housing Law Project and the Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau before moving to California in 1986.  She was admitted to the CA State Bar in 1986. She received her B.A. from Boston University and J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.