I purchased my home at Pacific MHP in Huntington Beach in 2006 and was given a one year Rental agreement. Two years ago, the new park owners, without informing us of the ownership change, began raising the rents in large increments. During 2013, I requested a rental agreement eight times. Finally, the response was “we are not giving anyone a contract.” I was fed up and when the December bill arrived and I was out of state.
On the fourteenth, they posted a three-day notice. I delayed payments till I got back on the 17th, but when my caregiver handed them the rent check, they refused it and said I needed to get a cashiers check. So I did! But they mailed it back to me refusing to accept it. Then they stopped sending me any bills.
Now I received an Unlawful Detainer action and will go to court. I have written and spoken with their attorney outlining what I feel are several illegal things they had done. I hope that we can get a large percentage of owners in the Park to cooperate in this matter. They have raised my rent almost 60% and it is almost impossible to sell homes as the rents are scheduled to increase even more for any new buyers.
THANK YOU for all your work on behalf of mobile home owners. Cheri C, Pacific MHP
Editor’s Note: Cheri’s story is not atypical. It is a lesson for all MH owners. The fastest way to get an eviction notice is not to pay your rent on time. And if you receive a 3 day notice to pay or quit, you should make every effort to pay your rent before the 3 day period expires.
I believe it is the usual practice for park owners not to accept any payment after a 3 day period expires. Why? Because they stand a good chance of get your home, in court, for nothing! And they have attorneys who are experienced in this sort of litigation. It surely isn’t fair, but it is a reality.
Now to the issue of large rent increases. Economic eviction occurs when a resident can’t continue to pay rent because it is so high. Unfortunately, the resident is “between a rock and a hard place.” They can’t afford the rent and they can’t afford to sell. Remember, for every $10/month increase in rent, your equity decreases $1000! If Cheri’s rent were $800 initially and it was increased by 60% to $1300, her equity would have decreased by $50,000!