Frequently Asked Questions About The Mobilehome Park Rent Stabilization Program
The County ordinance allows the space rent to be increased by one hundred percent (100%) of the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose index for the month of June each year. The Consumer Price Index is published for the Sonoma County area by the United States Department of Labor every other month and can be found online at http://www.bls.gov/ro9/pachist.htm.
The “CPI” is the Consumer Price Index and is published by the United States Department of Labor for various regions of the United States. Sonoma County uses the CPI for the San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose area which is published every other month. The CPI is determined thru a complex review of the changes in the cost of goods and services. The data analyzed includes costs of food and beverages, housing costs, fuel costs, apparel, transportation, medical care, recreation, education and communication, plus other goods and services, commodities and energy costs. The CPI index for Sonoma County is available at the Community Development Commission and is located on line at http://www.bls.gov/ro9/pachist.htm.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PARK OWNER ISSUES
A RENT INCREASE THAT EXCEEDS THE ALLOWED CPI INCREASE?
When the space rent issues are not resolved at the Meet and Confer Meeting,
the affected tenants of the park have twenty one (21) days from the date
the space rent increase was received to submit a petition for space rent
review. A Sonoma County Petition for Space Rent Review is available and
will be provided at the Meet and Confer Meeting.
The ordinance allows a fee to be assessed to the park owner for each space that is covered under the space rent stabilization ordinance. The $24.00 per space per year fee is used to administer the Sonoma County Space Rent Stabilization Program. The ordinance allows owners to pass half of the fee, or $12.00 per year to the tenants of the space covered under the ordinance.
The County of Sonoma Mobilehome Park Space Rent Stabilization Ordinance covers any mobilehome park space tenant on a month-to-month rental agreement. Any space rental agreement that exceeds twelve (12) months duration is exempt from space rent control. New mobile home spaces constructed after January 1, 1990, spaces that are not the principle residence of the tenant, park owned mobilehomes, and recreational vehicles that have occupied a mobilehome space less than nine (9) months are also exempt from the provisions of rent control and from administrative fees.
The “MRL” is the Section of the California Civil Code known as “The Mobilehome Residence Law.” Park owners are required to provide each resident of the park with a copy of the Mobilehome Residency Law, or more specifically, Chapter 2.5 of the California Civil Code by February 1 of each year, if a significant change was made in the chapter by legislation enacted in the prior year. Other useful information for mobilehome owners is available online at the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League, Inc (GSMOL) at http://www.gsmol.org/
CAN A PARK OWNER INCREASE THE SPACE RENT
WHEN A HOME IS SOLD?
The Sonoma County Ordinance requires that a tenant-to-be must be offered
the option of renting a mobilehome space in a manner that will permit
the tenant-to-be to receive the benefits of the Mobilehome Space Rent
Questions regarding space rent increases can be answered by calling (707) 565 7537.
State of California: hcd.ca.gov/building-standards/state-housing-law/state-housing-laws-regulations.shtml
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Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League
GSMOL Home Office
GSMOL HotLine (members only)
Sonoma County Mobilehome Owners Association
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