When it comes to disputes between tenants and landlords, there are procedures
that must be followed by both parties in order for any resolutions to
be considered legal. Mobile home park owners are required by law to provide
a process for establishing dispute resolution. Generally, this implies
written documentation or notice of the dispute in question. Tenants should
be given a statement of the facilities policy regarding dispute resolution.
Most of these regulations are established and overseen by The Mobilehome
Residency Law (MRL). The MRL regulates the relationship between landlords
and residents of mobile home parks. The MRL covers:
- Rental & Lease Contract Terms
- Park Rules & Regulations
- Mandatory Notices
- Mandatory Notice & Amendment Procedures
- Conditions Governing Mobile Home Park Evictions
Are There Legal Ramifications for not Meeting with Residents?
Failing to provide adequate notice or written documentation of a dispute
can result in a $2,000 penalty for each of the owner’s willful violations
of the MRL. Residents can also sue for damages or injunctive relief when
a park owner violates a tenant’s rights. California law also provides
mobile park residents with protections against landlord retaliation.
A park’s rules or regulations can be voided and deemed unenforceable if it:
- Denies a resident their right to a jury trial
- Mandates binding arbitration of disputes between the owner and residents
- Is implemented without the resident’s consent
If a lease contains an arbitration agreement, residents should immediately
consult with an attorney to evaluate whether or not the agreement meets
Are you having difficulty resolving a dispute with the owner of your mobile
home park? We can help. At Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, we have
been assisting mobile home residents since 1987. We have the skills and
experience that you need to successfully defend your legal rights.
Contact our San Diego team of mobile home park attorneys
to get started on your consultation today.