As a mobile home tenant, it is in your best interest to have a clear understanding
or your rights and what is expected of you as a tenant. However, your
landlord has duties he or she must also uphold, and can be held accountable
when those duties are not fulfilled. Take a moment to learn more about
both the rights and duties of you and your landlord so you can work together
to ensure no one is overstepping any boundaries or disregarding the law.
Below are some of the rights and duties of you and your mobile home park landlord:
- Landlords must provide all tenants a written notice of any rent increases
at least ninety days in advance.
- Landlords are responsible for maintaining common areas, including tree
trimming and snow removal.
- Landlords are responsible for unoccupied or abandoned lots on the property.
- Tenants are generally responsible for their own lot, though this is dependent
on what the lease states. If a tenant is required to maintain the lot,
but fails to honor this duty, the landlord can maintain it for a fee charged
to the tenant.
- A tenant can withhold rent payment if the landlord made the mobile home
unfit for occupancy for a period of more than 48 hours. Unfit is defined
as a home that lacks essential services, such as fuel, water, electricity,
or sewer services.
- Landlords must reduce a tenant’s rent if any service, utility, or
amenity is eliminated. The reduction must be proportional to the cost
of the eliminated service and the landlord cannot later increase rent
to recover the revenue lost as a result.
- Landlords cannot interrupt any utility service for the tenant with the
intention of terminating his or her occupancy. Utility service can only
be interrupted if a tenant fails to pay for utility services. If a landlord
interrupts a tenant’s utility services, he or she might be liable
to the tenant for actual damages.
If you believe a mobile home park owner or landlord is attempting to unfairly
evict you because you complained about unsafe park conditions, or you
believe you are being illegally discriminated against due to race, sexual
orientation, religion, or national origin, the law is on your side. You
should contact a mobile home park attorney immediately to ensure your
rights as a tenant are protected.
Mobile Home Park Attorneys in California
Mobile home park residents are dependent on their landlord to properly
maintain the park and to respect their rights. If you believe your landlord
has failed in his or her duties, turn to our team for help. At Allen,
Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, we take pride in protecting the rights
and best interests of our clients. Work with us today for the exceptional
representation you need.
You should not have to endure unfair treatment from your park owner, so
do not hesitate to reach out to our esteemed firm for knowledgeable counsel
that can make a difference in your life.
Call our office today at (888) 998-2031 to learn more about how our California
team of mobile home park attorneys can help you.