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Frequently Asked Questions About The Mobilehome Park Rent Stabilization Program

How much can the rent be increased each year?

What is the CPI?

What happens when a park owner issues a rent increase that exceeds the allowed CPI increase?

What are “Admin Fees?”

Who is covered by the rent control ordinance?

What is the “MRL?”

Can a park owner increase the space rent when a home is sold?

What are rental options?

Where can I get a list of mobilehome parks in Sonoma County? UPDATED

Who can answer my questions about the space rent control program in Sonoma County?

Where can I get more information?

HOW MUCH CAN THE RENT BE INCREASED EACH YEAR?

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.

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WHAT IS THE CPI?

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.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PARK OWNER ISSUES A RENT INCREASE THAT EXCEEDS THE ALLOWED CPI INCREASE?

Under the County ordinance park owners are allowed to increase the space rent not more than once in any twelve (12) month period, by 100% of the CPI. When a park owner issues a space rent increase notice that exceeds 100% of the CPI, but is less than 300% of the CPI, the ordinance requires a Meet and Confer Meeting in the Offices of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. The meeting must be held within seven (7) working days of issuance of the rent increase notice. At the meeting representatives of the park owner and the tenants will have the opportunity to exchange documents that will support their respective positions in arbitration and to discuss the issues in dispute.
If the park owner does not provide the minimum information required by the ordinance or fails to appear at the meet and confer meeting, the Clerk shall suspend further processing of the space rent increase application.

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.

When the space rent increase exceeds 300% of CPI, the County of Sonoma ordinance mandates that an Automatic Arbitration be convened to review the proposed space rent increase. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission coordinates the arbitration process and provides the arbitrator’s decision to all parties involved.

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WHAT ARE ADMIN FEES?

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.

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WHO IS COVERED BY THE RENT CONTROL 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.

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WHAT IS THE “MRL”?

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/

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CAN A PARK OWNER INCREASE THE SPACE RENT WHEN A HOME IS SOLD?

Under the provisions of the vacancy control section of the Sonoma County Ordinance, a mobilehome park owner can charge a new base rent for a space when a lawful vacancy occurs. In the absence of a lawful vacancy, a park owner is prohibited from raising rent upon a sale of a mobilehome on site to a tenant-to-be or current tenant.

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WHAT ARE RENTAL OPTIONS?

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 Stabilization Program.

To insure tenants-to-be are offered all their rental options, Article III, Chapter 19 of the Sonoma County Code created an entitlement in favor of all tenants upon a space covered by the Space Rent Stabilization ordinance, whereby they can chose between a lease of more than a twelve (12) month period, a lease for a period of one year or less, and a month-to-month periodic tenancy. Such tenants shall receive notice of their lawful rental options from the mobilehome park owner.

Any mobilehome park owner who fails to provide all of the rental options to any person who submits an application for rental of space in a mobilehome park shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and should be reported to the District Attorney.

WHO CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPACE RENT CONTROL PROGRAM IN SONOMA COUNTY?

Questions regarding space rent increases can be answered by calling (707) 565 7537.

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WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

State of California: hcd.ca.gov/building-standards/state-housing-law/state-housing-laws-regulations.shtml

Housing and Community Development
State of California
1800 Third Street
P.O. Box 952050
Sacramento, CA 94252-2050
(916) 445-4782

Titling and Registration
1-800-952-8356
(916) 323-9224

Mobilehome Ombudsman
1-800-952-5275

Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League

GSMOL Home Office
6101 Ball Road
Suite 202
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 826-4071

GSMOL HotLine (members only)
(800) 888-1727

Sonoma County Mobilehome Owners Association
P. O. Box 1884, Windsor, CA 95492-1884
(707) 836-9639
email: skipper1069@sbcglobal.net

County of Sonoma

Sonoma County Community Development Commission
Mobilehome Program
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-7537

Sonoma County District Attorney
Environmental & Consumer Law Division
2300 County Center Drive 170B
Santa Rosa CA 95403
707 565 3161

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