California Civil Code

Sec. § 1812.300

For the purposes of this title:


“Membership camping operator” means any enterprise, other than one that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, that has as one of its purposes the ownership or operation of campgrounds which include or may include use of camping sites, that solicits membership paid for by a fee or periodic payments, such as annual dues, and the contractual members are the primary intended users. “Membership camping operator” does not include camping or recreational trailer parks, as defined in Section 18215 of the Health and Safety Code, which are open to the general public and which contain camping sites rented for a per use fee, or a “mobilehome park,” as defined in either Section 798.4 of the Civil Code or Section 18214 of the Health and Safety Code.
As used in this title, “seller” means membership camping operator.


“Membership camping contract” means an agreement offered or sold within the State of California by a membership camping operator or membership camping broker evidencing a purchaser’s right or license to use for more than 14 days in a year, the campgrounds of a membership camping operator and includes a membership which provides for this use.


“Camping site” means a space designed and promoted for the purpose of locating a trailer, tent, tent trailer, pickup camper, or other similar device used for camping.


“Offer” means any solicitation reasonably designed to result in entering into a membership camping contract.


“Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, association, or other organization other than a government or a subdivision thereof.


“Purchaser” means a person who enters into a membership camping contract and thereby obtains the right to use the campgrounds of a membership camping operator.


“Sale” or “sell” means entering into, or other disposition, of a membership camping contract for value. The term “value” does not include a reasonable fee to offset the administrative costs of transfer of a membership camping contract.


“Campground” means real property within this state owned or operated by a membership camping operator and designated in whole or in part by the membership camping operator as available for camping or outdoor recreation by purchasers of membership camping contracts.


“Blanket encumbrance” means any mortgage, deed of trust, option to purchase, vendor’s lien or interest under a contract or agreement of sale, or other financing lien or encumbrance granted by the membership camping operator or affiliate which secures or evidences the obligation to pay money or to sell or convey any campgrounds made available to purchasers by the membership camping operator or any portion thereof, and which authorizes, permits, or requires the foreclosure or other disposition of the campground.


“Nondisturbance agreement” means an instrument in recordable form by which the holder of a blanket encumbrance agrees to all of the following:


The holder’s rights in any campground made available to purchasers, prior or subsequent to the agreement, by the membership camping operator shall be subordinate to the rights of purchasers from and after the recordation of the nondisturbance agreement.


The holder and all successors and assignees of the holder, and any person who acquires the campground through foreclosure or by deed in lieu of foreclosure of the blanket encumbrance shall take the campground subject to the rights of purchasers.


The holder or any successor acquiring the campground through the blanket encumbrance shall not use or cause the campground to be used in a manner which would materially prevent purchasers from using or occupying the campground in a manner contemplated by the purchasers’ membership camping contracts. However, the holder shall have no obligation to, and no liability for failure to assume the responsibilities or obligations of, the membership camping operator under the membership camping contracts.


“Membership camping contract broker” means a person who, for compensation, resells or offers to resell a membership camping contract to a new purchaser on behalf of a prior purchaser. Membership camping contract broker does not include a membership camping operator or its employees or agents.

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