What Fees Can Be Charged By A Mobile Home Park Owner?

What Fees Can Be Charged By A Mobile Home Park Owner?

Mobile Home Park Fees and Charges

 

Most of the information you will need to know about which Mobile Home Park fees can be charged are covered by the MRL, or the Mobilehome Residency Law.  The Civil Code specifies which type of fees can be charged to a homeowner who is renting space in a mobile home park. Some of theses fees would include fees for utilities such as electricity, gas and water.  Additionally, renters may be billed for services such as trash collection, or park maintenance. These charges must be specified in the rental agreement. If there is an extra charge for something, the renter must be notified 60 days in advance of the fee being charged.  

Allowable Fees:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Trash

Government Fees may be charged through a “pass through” provision of the lease or rental agreement.    Other government assessments, or charges may be included in a pass-through provision, per Civil Code Section 798.49.

Management may not charge a fee for keeping a pet in the park unless special facilities or services for pets are provided or offered.  

Security Deposits are charged  before the initial occupancy. Park management may charge up to two months’ rent as a security deposit.  Said security deposit must be returned after 12 consecutive months of the tenant’s timely payment of rent, utilities, and reasonable service charges.  The request for the return of the deposit must be made in writing to park management. Civil Code Section 798.39 f covers the return of this and other rights and obligations related to security deposits.

It is advisable that before making changes to your fee schedules, you consult with Lawyers for Landlords to make sure that you are in compliance with the California Mobilehome Residency Law. Mobile Home Park fees can be tricky.  don’t risk doing it wrong.  Violations of following the civil code can be much more costly than hiring a lawyer.  Lawyers for Landlords can help.



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