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What Are the Rights and Duties of Mobile Home Landlords and Tenants?


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 mobile home was unfit for occupancy for a period of more than 48 hours.
  • 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.