real estate and property management consultants

Articles

BALANCED SPACE RENT GUIDELINES

JANUARY 2010

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

There are more than 5,700 mobilehome parks in California with a total of some 380,000 spaces. Mobilehomes in mobilehome parks house just over a million Californians.

 

A clear majority of California's mobilehome spaces are not price-regulated, while 39% of mobilehome spaces in California are rent-controlled. A small but growing number of mobilehome spaces are subject to alternative rent stabilization measures.

 

Calls for rent control arise from time to time in unregulated jurisdictions. On the other hand, rent controlled jurisdictions from time to time seek to find a way out of rent control. At one time, rent control was the only available option. In recent years, communities throughout California have been experimenting with cooperative alternatives, including targeted subsidy programs, model lease programs, and memoranda of understanding (MOU) programs.

 

In crafting rent stabilization programs, whether traditional or alternative, communities should attempt to strike a balance between the rights and needs of park owners and the rights and needs of mobilehome residents. Too often, mobilehome space rent issues are driven by local politics, and too often the outcomes of local political decisions are irrational and divisive. This report sets out principles and guidelines intended to assist communities in crafting balanced solutions to space rent questions when they arise.

 

Michael St. John, PH. D.

 

Download this Article

PDF 221KB

 

PDF files can be opened with
Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

 

St. John & Associates

BERKELEY

2115 West Street

Berkeley, CA 94702-1947

510.845.8928

Fax 510.845.1813

.....................................

MENDOCINO

P.O. Box 338

Mendocino, CA 95460-0338

707.937.3711

info@stjohnandassociates.net