Update of Santa Clarita Municipal Code 6.02
The City has undertaken an update to Santa Clarita Municipal Code (SCMC) 6.02 - Manufactured Home Park Rent Adjustment Procedures. You may access the changes here:
Two public comment meetings will be held regarding the changes as shown below:
Monday, April 3, 2017
Canyon Country Library
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Old Town Newhall Library
The same presentation will be provided at each of the meetings.
New Manufactured Home Park Resource
The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, who regulates Mobile Home Park matters, is offering a new resource within The Office of Mobilehome Ombudsman. This new Mobilehome Assistance Center is designed to meet your needs within your Mobilehome Park by providing assistance with the following:
- Health or safety issues
- Mobilehome installation, inspection, maintenance and alteration
- Unlawful or unlicensed mobilehome sales
- Mobilehome Residency Law information
- Mobilehome ownership documentation
- Fraudulent mobilehome sale compensation
- Other local resources
Please contact the Mobilehome Assistance Center:
916.263.4742 (Sacramento Area)
800.952.5275 (Toll Free)
800.735.2929 (TTD Number)
The Office of the Mobilehome Ombudsman
Mobilehome Assistance Center
Department of Housing and Community Development
PO Box 31; Sacramento, CA 95812-0031
Santa Clarita Municipal Code 6.02 and 6.04
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Parks in Santa Clarita are governed in part by Santa Clarita Municipal Codes (SCMC) 6.02 and 6.04. Other issues related to mobile home parks, including building and safety code, park inspections, and permits for construction are under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Housing and Community Development.
The key issues addressed by SCMC 6.02 and 6.04 are listed below:
- Requires parks to report on and register mobile home spaces.
- Provides guidance on allowable annual space rent increases
- Creates a Manufactured Rental Adjustment Panel to hear appeals of proposed space rent increases.
- Defines the process for closing a mobile home park
California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
All issues not specifically addressed by SCMC 6.02 or SCMC 6.04 are under the authority of the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Below is some helpful contact information for HCD:
- Mobile Home Ombudsman: (800) 952-5275
- Permits: (951) 782-4420
- Titling and Registration: (818) 717-5267
- Mobilehome Park Complaint Form
Below is a document which specifies which laws govern which areas of mobile home park law
Manufactured Home Rental Adjustment Panel (Panel)
The Manufactured Home Rental Adjustment Panel (Panel) is a five (5) member Panel which consists of two (2) park resident representatives (elected from and by park residents), two (2) park owner representatives (elected from and by park owners), and a fifth member chosen by the four (4) elected members in a manner described in Chapter 6.02.040(B). Each Panel member serves a three year term.
The primary responsibilities of the Panel are:
- To conduct rent adjustment hearings when a proposed annual rent increase is appealed by the affected residents.
- In the event of a park closure, to evaluate the park owner's compliance with the regulations, assign relocation costs and other mitigations as outlined in the regulations, and grant the tentative and final permits associated with the closure.
In addition, the Panel can be assigned other duties by the City Council. A complete listing of the Panel's duties can be found at Chapter 6.02.040(L). The panel is not involved in the administration or operation of City departments. All meetings are subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code 54950 et seq). The Panel meets on an "as needed" basis.
Panel Meeting Agendas
No meetings are scheduled at this time.
Annual Space Rent Adjustments and Appeals
SCMC 6.02 requires that the notice of any rent adjusted imposed in 2017 be provided to the manufactured home park resident by October 1, 2016. The notice must include a summary of the requirements related to the contents of a rent adjustment notice and the rights of the resident to request an appeal hearing before the panel.
The Panel approved a revised summary on July 21, 2016.
In some circumstances, Manufactured Home Park residents may be able to appeal a proposed space rent increase. Appeals are heard by the Panel. SCMC 6.02 requires that appeal petitions be submitted on the Panel- approved Appeal Request Form, and be submitted within 45 days of receiving the rent increase notice. The Appeal Request Form may be downloaded by clicking the links below:
Manufactured Home Park Rental Adjustment Panel
The Panel is made up of two members elected from and by the Park residents, two members elected from and by the Park owners, and a fifth member which is chosen by the four elected members.