ORDINANCES

Mobilehome Park Rent Control/Stabilization Ordinances

Approximately 100 California jurisdictions have passed Mobilehome Rark Rent Control/Stabilization Ordinances to help preserve the affordable housing which parks provide.  A majority of these were initiated between the early 1980s and late 1990s.  Only a few have been enacted since.  RCOs/RSOs limit rent increases to once per year with the increase frequently linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)Use the chart in the middle of the page - Table A; use the figure in the Annual Column for the correct year you are seeking.  Our website lists our local ordinances plus three newer model ordinances.  Click here for a chart of CA Jurisdictions with Mobilehome Park Rent Stabilization Ordinances.

County of San Luis Obispo: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/AC/Digital/Mobilehome+Rent+Ordinance.pdf

City of Morro Bay: http://www.morro-bay.ca.us/DocumentView.asp?DID=492

City of Pismo Beach: http://www.pismobeach.org/DocumentView.aspx?DID=3120

City of San Luis Obispo: http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/sanluisobispo/mobile/?pg=SanLuisObispo05/SanLuisObispo0544.html

City of Ventura: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10135&stateId=5&stateName=California
Click on Chapter Division 6 from the left column.  Then select Chapter 6.600.000, Mobilehome Park Rent Stabilization Ordinance, from the list on the right.  The MHP Closure Ordinance is Chapter 6.600.100, in the 2nd half of this mobilehome park ordinance.

County of Ventura: http://www.countyofventura.org/rma/planning/pdf/ordinances/Mobile_Park_Rent_Control_Ordinance.pdf
Click on Ordinances in right column.  Then, click on Other Ventura County Ordinances.  In main column, click on MHP Rent Control Ordinance.

Model Rent Stabilization Ordinances

These ordinances have components not found in other, older ordinances, such as: month to month rental agreement protection for prospective tenants/residents, no rent increase permitted on sale of mobilehome if owners change more than once in a given period of time (i.e. 2 to 5 years), no rent increase upon the removal of an older mobilehome by its owner to bring in new one, specifics of allowable charges for pass through costs for capital replacements and more.

City of San Jose: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=2675

City of Marina: http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/marina/html/Marina05/Marina0572.html
Click on Chapter pdf to open and read the ordinance.

City of Modesto: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16494
Click on Title 4 on Code of Ordinances list on left side of page, then click on Chapter 19 (next to the last chapter) on list of Ordinances which pops up on the right side.

Mobilehome Park Closure Conversion Ordinances

There are currently 40+ jurisdictions in the state of California which have closure conversion ordinances.  Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinances outline procedures to be followed in the event a park owner applies for a permit to close or convert his/her park to another use.  These became necessary a few years ago when real estate prices skyrocketed and developers became very interested in purchasing parks to convert them to commercial and other uses.  State code only loosely protects mobilehome residents in case of a park closure so it became critical for California jurisdictions to design special ordinances to protect the rights of mobilehome owners who are frequently lower income seniors and families on fixed incomes.  Listed below are local coastal conversion ordinances and several original model conversion ordinances.  San Luis Obispo County has components of all the models plus several new features.  Click here for a list of CA Jurisdictions with MHP Closure Conversion Ordinances.

County of San Luis Obispo: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/Ordinances/mhparkord.pdf

City of San Luis Obispo: http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/sanluisobispo/mobile/?pg=SanLuisObispo05/SanLuisObispo0545.html

County of Santa Barbara:
http://longrange.sbcountyplanning.org/programs/mobilehome/docs/Final%20Adopted%20LUDC%20Ordinance.pdf

City of Ventura: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10135&stateId=5&stateName=California
Click on Chapter Division 6 from the left column.  Then select Chapter 6.600.000, Mobilehome Park Rent Stabilization Ordinance, from the list on the right.  The MHP Closure Ordinance is Chapter 6.600.100, in the 2nd half of this mobilehome park ordinance.

County of Ventura: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16749
Click on Division 8 under Code of Ordinances list on the left.
Click on Chapter 1 - Zoning - on right side.
Click on Article 17 MHP Conversion Permit Requirements - right side.

Model Mobilehome Park Closure Conversion Ordinances

The original models have several key features:

City of Seal Beach: (one of the model ordinances) 2005, amended 2010
http://www.sealbeachca.gov/government/code/

At the bottom of the list of codes, Title 12, MHP Conversion Ordinance, Click here.  This Ordinance was originally written in 2004-5 and was amended in 2010.  It is the newest version of a city closure ordinance along with the San Juan Capistrano Ordinance in California.  Both ordinances support In Place Market Value and both are Coastal Communities with limited affordable housing.

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p. 9 c. shall not exceed reasonable costs of relocation
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City of Palmdale: 1994–1996
http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/departments/planning/zoning/chapter%209.pdf

Palmdale Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 9
Scroll down to page 25 … Zoning Ordinance, 2/3 of the way down the page is 91.07 Closure of Mobilehome Parks.

This Ordinance follows an earlier model which includes a well written purpose related to affordable housing, requirements of the Impact Report, Relocation Counselor, In Place Market Value, full costs of moving the mobilehome and fixtures, full and/or partial Exemption procedures.  It also includes detailed modifications and time extensions.

Mobilehome Park Condo-Conversions/Subdivisions

The forced or park owner initiated conversion of a mobilehome park from a rental park to a resident ownership park has created great concern for the past decade.  Many residents were unable to pay for the cost of the land in addition to their mobilehomes.  If unable to sell, mobilehome owners have been forced to walk away, losing all equity in their homes.  With the passage of SB 510, beginning in January 2014, local jurisdictions will consider the results of the Residents Survey in their decision to approve, modify or disapprove a MH Condo/Conversion.  Local agencies may also implement Subdivision Map Act requirements for the conversion of rental MH Parks by resolutions or ordinances. (For more on "sham" or forced/condo conversions, go to: www.shamconversions.com).  Will Constantine, an attorney from Santa Cruz, is currently the leading CA expert on mobilehome park condo-conversions.  Read his latest articles on the NEWS page.