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Mon, Sep 30, 2019 – From the 2019 California Mobilehome Residency Law Frequently Asked Questions: Rents, Fees and Taxes, 6. Security Deposit

Resident Question: Can the park charge first and last months’ rent plus a 2-month security deposit?

MRL Answer: Normally, when a mobilehome owner is accepted for residency in a mobilehome park and signs a rental agreement, charging first month’s rent and a 2-month security deposit are permitted. (Civil Code §798.39) After one full year of satisfactory residency (meaning all rent and fees have been paid during that time), the resident is entitled to request a refund of the 2-month security deposit, or may request a refund at the time he or she vacates the park and sells the home. (Civil Code §798.39(b))
2019 California MRL FAQs

Submit your request for a security deposit refund in writing to Sierra Corporate Management today (or KSFG DBA). The MRL specifically states that SCM (or KSFG DBA) must refund your deposit after one full year of satisfactory residency if requested in writing.

Do not wait until you vacate the park and/or sell your mobile home.

Imperial Avalon Mobile Estates (225 Spaces, 55+) Informed of Park Closure

RE: Carson, California

Fri, Sep 27, 2019 – On Fri, Sep 20, 2019, residents of Imperial Avalon Mobile Estates (225 Spaces, 55+) in Carson, California received a letter from their new park owners.

Dear Imperial Avalon Mobile Estates Residents: We are the new owners of Imperial Avalon Mobile Estates mobile home park. After careful consideration and internal deliberation, we will need to cease operating the property for mobile homes and begin the process of closing the Park. We intend to explore redeveloping and operating the property for a different use but the closure is not happening immediately; the process will take an estimated 18 to 24 months. Most importantly, our team will be dedicated to identifying and contributing to a suitable alternative living arrangement for you.

Online documents show the new owner(s) as Imperial Avalon LLC which lists both Jason Illoulian of Faring and Frank Zarabi of FAM Brands as Manager(s) or Member(s).

Faring is a progressive real estate firm based in West Hollywood. Our neighborhood-first approach creates beautiful structures that engage and contribute to their surroundings. Faring’s commitment to exceptional architecture and community-building guides our practice.

Imperial Avalon Mobile Estates
21207 South Avalon Boulevard
Carson, California 90745

Faring
659 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069

FAM Brands
5553-B Bandini Boulevard
Bell, California 90201


Imperial Avalon Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Imperial Avalon LLC
Secretary of State Statement of Information

Carson Municipal Code
Requirements to Close a Mobilehome Park

Thu, Sep 26, 2019 – These historical MRL references are available from the Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities website. The MHPHOA have optimized the original source documents and have made them available online via Google Drive and embedded documents.

The MHPHOA are currently seeking MRLs for the years 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. If you have a PDF version of any or all of these, we would appreciate having those to include in this collection. You can contact the MHPHOA and we will provide you with an email address to send those to.

RE: Kort & Scott Financial Group

Wed, Sep 25, 2019 – On Tue, Dec 12, 2017, residents from Knolls Lodge Mobile Home Park and Knolls Manor filed Civil Lawsuits (Case Numbers: YC072532, YC072533) against the Kort & Scott companies that own their parks including Sierra Corporate Management. James C. Allen of ASK Law Group is the attorney/law firm representing the residents.

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 and Mon, Jul 1, 2019, documents were posted online indicating that the Plaintiffs (Residents) have reached a settlement with Defendants Knolls Lodge LP, Knolls Lodge GP Corp and Sierra Corporate Management Inc. Plaintiffs anticipate that it will take no more than 20 days to finalize the written settlement agreement. The documents indicate that Dismissal is set for Fri, Aug 23, 2019.

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 twenty-five (25) households received a $1.25MM settlement.

RE: Kort & Scott Financial Group

Sun, Jul 14, 2019 – On Tue, Dec 12, 2017, residents from Knolls Lodge Mobile Home Park and Knolls Manor filed Civil Lawsuits (Case Numbers: YC072532, YC072533) against the Kort & Scott companies that own their parks including Sierra Corporate Management. James C. Allen of ASK Law Group is the attorney/law firm representing the residents.

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 and Mon, Jul 1, 2019, documents were posted online indicating that the Plaintiffs (Residents) have reached a settlement with Defendants Knolls Lodge LP, Knolls Lodge GP Corp and Sierra Corporate Management Inc. Plaintiffs anticipate that it will take no more than 20 days to finalize the written settlement agreement. The documents indicate that Dismissal is set for Fri, Aug 23, 2019.

  • Address: 23701 South Western Avenue, Torrance, California 90501
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Phone: 310-326-1000
  • Spaces: 257
  • Type: All Ages
  • 2019 Space Rent: $1,500
  • Refinanced: Jun 2005, Amount: $94,700,000, 4/6 MHP Package
    Loan Type: Fannie Mae FRM, Chad Thomas Hagwood
  • Refinanced: Dec 2013, Amount: $158,000,000, 4/8 MHP Package
    Loan Type: Fannie Mae FRM, Chad Thomas Hagwood
  • New Management (Jun 1, 2019): Bessire and Casenhiser Inc
  • Management: Sierra Corporate Management
  • DBA: Knolls Lodge GP Corp, Knolls Lodge LP
  • DBA Filing: Jan 2002, Oct 2002

  • Address: 24200 Walnut Street, Torrance, California 90501
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Phone: 310-326-1000
  • Spaces: 73
  • Type: All Ages
  • 2019 Space Rent: $1,650
  • Refinanced: Jun 2005, Amount: $94,700,000, 5/6 MHP Package
    Loan Type: Fannie Mae FRM, Chad Thomas Hagwood
  • Refinanced: Dec 2013, Amount: $158,000,000, 5/8 MHP Package
    Loan Type: Fannie Mae FRM, Chad Thomas Hagwood
  • New Management (Jun 1, 2019): Bessire and Casenhiser Inc
  • Management: Sierra Corporate Management
  • DBA: Knolls Lodge GP Corp, Knolls Lodge LP
  • DBA Filing: Jan 2002, Oct 2002

RE: AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019

Thu, Sep 19, 2019 – The affordability crisis in Southern California is getting worse in a hurry. The region has been one of the least affordable places to live in the country for years. But now the local Consumer Price Index shows the cost of renting in Los Angeles and Orange counties is increasing faster than it has in 12 years, to a pace that’s nearly twice as fast as the rate of overall local inflation.

Nationwide, an estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile home parks. Nearly 10% of the nation’s housing stock is manufactured homes, which numbered about 8.5 million in 2018, the institute reported.

The data show rent is now rising at 5.5 percent annually after last month, which was the highest mark since 2007. But overall inflation is at 3 percent in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Over the past decade, rent increases averaged 3.3 percent with overall local inflation at 2.1 percent per year. And in the 1990s, rents increased by just 1.7 percent per year, while inflation jumped 2.6 percent per year.

Los Angeles County is one of the most “rent-burdened” cities in the country, which means more than half of the renters in the city need to spend 30 percent or more of their income to afford rent, according to a Freddie Mac analysis earlier this year. About one-third of all renters across the country are rent-burdened.

RE: AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 – The California State Legislature is now set to pass a new, stricter version of a statewide limit to rent increases before the current session ends.

Despite renewed opposition from the real estate industry and property owners, the latest iteration of Assembly Bill 1482 – which now caps annual rent increases to 5 percent plus inflation until 2030 – is on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk before the September 13 deadline in order to be approved this year. It will be the first time rent control is expanded in California in 25 years, affecting about 2.4 million apartments throughout the state, in addition to all the houses it would cover.

According to a study by UC Berkeley, 1.2 million additional households in Los Angeles County will be under rent control if Newsom signs AB 1482. That includes about 374,100 units in the city of L.A. alone.

The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday, and won the Assembly’s approval on Wednesday.

AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Does NOT Apply to MHPs

Mon, Jul 15, 2019 – It is now confirmed in writing, Assembly Bill 1482 DOES NOT cover mobile/manufactured home parks and has been amended to read...

AB-1482 (i) For the purposes of this section, “owner” means the same as defined in Section 1954.51.

CHAPTER 2.7. Residential Rent Control

§ 1954.51. (b) “Owner” includes any person, acting as principal or through an agent, having the right to offer residential real property for rent, and includes a predecessor in interest to the owner, except that this term does not include the owner or operator of a mobilehome park, or the owner of a mobilehome or his or her agent.

Mon, Sep 16, 2019 – Along the beach in Malibu, California, sits Paradise Cove. It’s often referred to as one of America’s most expensive trailer parks.

Though mobile homes aren’t often associated with high price tags, in this park, it’s not uncommon for them to cost millions of dollars.

Paradise Cove has been called home by big-name celebrities including actors Minnie Driver, Pamela Anderson, and Matthew McConaughey.

Currently represented by Compass’ Ren Smith, this home comes with everything from an outdoor shower to an indoor study.

130 Paradise Cove Road, Malibu, California 90265

Thu, Sep 12, 2019 – Betsey Johnson, a famous American fashion designer, is selling her pink mobile home for $1.95 million.

Though mobile homes aren’t often associated with million-dollar price tags, Johnson’s home is located in one of the most luxurious and exclusive trailer parks in the country.

The Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park – which has 276 homes – sits along the beach in Malibu, California. In this trailer park, it’s common for mobile homes to cost millions of dollars.

According to Mansion Global, Johnson bought the mobile home back in 2016 for $1.89 million and spent around $550,000 renovating it.

232 Paradise Cove Road, Malibu, California 90265

Mon, Sep 16, 2019 – Mobile home parks have long represented a slice of the American dream for those who couldn’t afford land, or perhaps for those who wanted a place to park a summer home. Now, though, their reputation increasingly has evolved into a cash cow for park owners.

Nationwide, an estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile home parks. Nearly 10% of the nation’s housing stock is manufactured homes, which numbered about 8.5 million in 2018, the institute reported.

Park owners charge residents rent for the lot on which the unit sits. The tangle of rights and responsibilities for decades has favored the park owners. But now, as the housing shortage becomes more acute and mobile home residents become more organized, power dynamics may be shifting.

RE: Star Management

Sun, Sep 15, 2019 – The homeowners living in the Rancho La Paz Mobile Home Park, 501 E. Orangethorpe, have received a 31-page lease agreement from new park owner John Saunders. As a comparison, a standard residential lease agreement according to the California Association of Realtors is 5 to 7 pages.

The lease provides for six or ten years of graduated rent increases beginning November 1, 2019: 19% increase each of the first two years; 15% increase the third year; 9% increase in year 4 and 5; and a 7% increase per year from the 6th to 10th year.

Rancho La Paz Homeowners Association President Lupe Ramirez said, “Three attorneys have looked at the lease and said it is one of the worst they have ever seen. But as usual with John Saunders, it is legal. Most residents will sign a long-term lease because Saunders repeatedly told us in negotiations that (if they don’t sign) he will raise rents every six months for those on a month-to-month agreement. The people who already received the lease say the actual lease is over 70 pages.”

The park straddles the cities of Fullerton and Anaheim at 501 E. Orangethorpe, with about half in each city. Anaheim City Council also failed to pass a temporary anti-gouging ordinance proposed by Councilmember Jose Moreno. With space rents increasing to $1,500 or more many will have to take a loss on their homes, sell and move out of the park. There are currently 40 mobile homes for sale at the park.

Rancho La Paz Mobile Home Park Long Term Lease Agreement

RE: Hometown America

Sun, Sep 1, 2019 – A huge mobile home park in Sunnyvale has been bought by a Chicago-based real estate company, in a deal that points to ongoing strength in Silicon Valley’s housing and job markets.

Plaza del Rey, an 800-unit mobile home community near the southwest corner of Lawrence Expressway and Tasman Drive in Sunnyvale, has been bought by an affiliate of Hometown America Communities, located in Chicago, Santa Clara County property documents show.

Plaza del Rey MHC, the affiliate of Chicago-based American Hometown Communities, paid $237.4 million for the mobile home park, according to county property records that were filed on Mon, Aug 26, 2019.

In 2015, county documents show, Carlyle Group paid $150 million for the property, not counting the undisclosed value of the ground lease.

Excluding the cost of the ground lease in the respective transactions, the Plaza del Rey complex produced a 58 percent gain in value in a roughly four-year period between the two deals.

Note: Plaza del Rey is one of California’s Top 10 Largest Mobile Home Parks.

Sun, Sep 1, 2019 – According to data obtained from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), there are 5,257 Active Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 453,046 lots/spaces in the State of California. Of those 453,046 lots/spaces, 364,266 are mobile home spaces, 66,406 are RV lots with drains and 22,374 are RV lots without drains.

There are 686 Closed Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 20,751 lots/spaces. Of those 20,751 lots/spaces, 11,094 are mobile home spaces, 6,794 are RV lots with drains and 2,863 are RV lots without drains.

As of Sun, Sep 1, 2019, the HCD has data for a total of 5,943 Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 473,797 lots/spaces which includes Active and Closed listings. Of those 473,797 lots/spaces, 375,360 are mobile home spaces, 73,200 are RV lots with drains and 25,237 RV lots without drains.

HCD Note: HCD has enforcement of 81.4 percent of the parks and 75.5 percent of the lots in the State of California. The overall average park size is 86 lots; 80 for Mobile Home Parks, and 88 for RV Parks.

The below Top 10 Largest Mobile Home and RV Park listings are based on the HCD Mobile Home and RV Parks Active Listings as of Sun, Sep 1, 2019.

# Mobile Home Park Name Address City ST Zip SPC
Casa de Amigos
Operated By: Casa de Amigos Ltd
1085 Tasman Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 923
Plaza del Rey
Operated By: Plaza del Rey Owner LLC
1225 Vienna Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 800
Hemet West Mobile Estates
Operated By: Western States Mobilehome Parks
5001 W Florida Ave Hemet CA 92545 771
Westwinds
Operated By: MHC Operating LP
500 Nicholson Ln San Jose CA 95134 723
Swan Lake Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Hamner Park Associates
5800 Hamner Ave Eastvale CA 91752 716
Los Alisos Mobile Home Estates
Operated By: Miller, Willis Ranch Co
772 Garden Grove Blvd Westminster CA 92683 705
Casa Del Lago Mobile Home Park
Operated By: San Jose Investments Ltd
2151 Old Oakland Rd San Jose CA 95131 618
Adobe Wells
Operated By: Mobilehome Communities
1220 Tasman Dr Sunnyvale CA 94089 613
Oakridge Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Oakridge Ltd
15455 Glenoaks Blvd Sylmar CA 91342 600
Plantation on the Lake
Operated By: Plantation Company LLC
10961 Desert Lawn Dr Calimesa CA 92320 557
7,026
# RV Park Name Address City ST Zip Lots
Golden Village Palms RV Resort
Operated By: GVP LLC
3600 W Florida Ave Hemet CA 92544 1,019
Silent Valley Club
Operated By: Silent Valley Club Inc
46305 Poppet Flats Rd Banning CA 92220 850
Caliente Springs RV Park
Operated By: Timothy Manthei
70200 Dillon Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 677
Soledad Canyon
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
4700 Crown Valley Rd Acton CA 93510 641
Fountain of Youth Spa
Operated By: Fountain of Youth Spa Corp
1500 Spa Rd Niland CA 92257 615
Wilderness Lakes
Operated By: MHC NAC Inc
30605 Briggs Rd Menifee CA 92584 523
Sands RV Resort
Operated By: Sun Sands RV LLC
16400 Bubbling Wells Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 507
Mountain Lakes
Operated By: Robert Burlingame
277 Lytle Creek Rd Lytle Creek CA 92358 494
Rivers Edge RV Resort
Operated By: Brenda Agular
2299 Winterhaven Rd Winterhaven CA 92283 480
Catalina RV Spa
Operated By: Catalina Spa & RV Inc
18800 Cork Hill Rd Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 477
6,283
# RV Park Name Address City ST Zip Lots
Lawsons Landing
Operated By: Carl Vogler
137 Marine View Dr Dillon Beach CA 94929 1,000
Calaveras Timber Trails Association
Operated By: Calaveras Timber Trails Association
1071 Avery Sheep Ranch Rd Avery CA 95224 500
Lake of The Springs
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
14152 Frenchtown Rd Oregon House CA 95962 465
Soledad Canyon
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
4700 Crown Valley Rd Acton CA 93510 385
De Anza Campland
Operated By: Campland on the Bay
2211 Pacific Beach Dr San Diego CA 92109 339
Thousand Trails Pio Pico
Operated By: Thousand Trails Vehicle Park
14615 Otay Lakes Rd Jamul CA 91935 336
Morgan Hill Preserve
Operated By: MHC TT Inc
12895 Uvas Rd Morgan Hill CA 95037 298
Annetts Mono Village
Operated By: Annetts Mono Village Inc
13425 Twinlakes Rd Bridgeport CA 93517 281
Lake Minden
Operated By: MHC NAC Inc
1256 Marcum Rd Nicolaus CA 95659 274
Camanche North Shore Recreation Area
Operated By: East Bay Municipal Utility District
2000 Camanche Rd Ione CA 95640 252
4,130

HCD MH and RV Parks Search

# Mobile Home Park Name Address City ST Zip SPC
Palm Desert Greens
Operated By: Palm Desert Greens Association
73750 Country Club Dr Palm Desert CA 92260 1,922
Tri Palm Estates
Operated By: Tri Palm Unified Owners Association
32851 Desert Moon Dr Thousand Palms CA 92276 1,629
Sierra Dawn Estates
Operated By: Sierra Dawn Estates Homeowners Association Inc
950 S Lyon Ave Hemet CA 92543 1,474
Sabre City Estates
Operated By: Researching…
Doolittle Dr Roseville CA 95747 726
Desert Crest
Operated By: Desert Crest Community Association
69400 N Country Club Dr Desert Hot Springs CA 92241 582
Black Lake Mobile Estates
Operated By: Researching…
234 Crosby Way Nipomo CA 93444 555
The Groves
Operated By: The Groves Homeowners Inc
5200 Irvine Blvd Irvine CA 92620 533
Golf Knolls Mobile Home Park
Operated By: Golf Knolls Association
29070 Camino Alba Murrieta CA 92563 520
Rancho Carlsbad
Operated By: Rancho Carlsbad Owners Association Inc
5200 El Camino Real Carlsbad CA 92008 504
Portola Country Club
Operated By: Portola Country Club Homeowners Association Inc
42500 Portola Ave Palm Desert CA 92660 499
8,944

ROC in California

Note: Tue, Jan 1, 2019 – According to data obtained from the California Department of Finance there are 559,820 Mobile/Manufactured Homes in the State of California. There is a difference of 106,774 between the HCD and Department of Finance data.

NEW MRL Protection Program

Thu, Jul 2, 2020 – The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the Mobilehome Assistance Center is now accepting complaints from mobilehome / manufactured homeowners for issues within mobilehome parks related to Mobilehome Residency Law violations.

Who Can Submit a Complaint?

Any mobilehome / manufactured homeowner who lives in a mobilehome park.

What Types of Complaints can be Submitted for Consideration?

Any complaints for issues within mobilehome parks related to Mobilehome Residency Law violations (California Civil Code).

Common violations include illegal grounds for eviction, failure to provide proper notice of rent increases, or no written rental agreement between the park and mobilehome owner.

How Does a Mobilehome/Manufactured Homeowner Submit their Complaint?

Complaints must be submitted to HCD. HCD provides help to resolve and coordinate resolution of the most-severe alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law. Visit the Submit a Complaint webpage for details.

Kort & Scott Pay $57 Million
Largest Mobile Home Park Settlement Ever

Fri, Nov 22, 2019 – Kabateck LLP attorneys representing hundreds of low-income mobile home residents in Long Beach, California secured a nearly $57 million settlement, which is the largest settlement ever involving a mobile home park.

KSFG Lawsuits
Civil Lawsuits Against Kort & Scott DBAs