CHAPTER 16B. MANUFACTURED HOME SPACE RENT CONTROL.
Sec. 16B-1. Preamble.
(a) There is presently, within the city of Woodland and surrounding
communities, a shortage of rental spaces for the location of manufactured homes
commensurate with the demand therefore. This inequitable market situation has
resulted in low vacancy rates and contributed or threatens to contribute to
rapidly escalating rents. This situation has resulted or threatens to result in
serious concern, anguish and stress among a significant portion of Woodland
residents living in manufactured home parks.
(b) Alternative sites for the
relocation of manufactured homes are difficult to find due to the shortage of
vacant space, the restrictions on the age, size or style of manufactured homes
permitted in many parks, and requirements related to the installation of
manufactured homes, including permits, landscaping and site preparation.
Additionally, the cost for moving a manufactured home is substantial, and the
risk of damage in moving is significant. The results of these conditions are the
creation of a captive market of manufactured home owners. This immobility, in
turn, contributes to the creation of a great imbalance in the bargaining
position of the park owners and manufactured home owners in favor of the park
(c) Manufactured home owners are property owners with sizable
investments in their manufactured homes and appurtenances. Collectively, the
manufactured home owners have a greater investment than does the manufactured
home park owner. The residents of manufactured home parks consider their
relationship with the park owners as a joint housing venture. The continuing
possibility of unreasonable space rental increases in manufactured home parks
threatens to diminish the value of the investment of the manufactured home
owners. Further, existing state law permits manufactured home park owners to
require manufactured home owners to make modifications to their homes for
reasons of aesthetics or conformity to park standards that amount to capital
improvements which would accrue to the benefit of the park owner by potentially
increasing the market value of the park itself.
(d) It is necessary to
facilitate and encourage fair bargaining between manufactured home owners and
park owners in order to achieve mutually satisfactory agreements with regard to
space rental rates in manufactured home parks. Absent such agreements this
council further finds and declares it necessary to protect the owners and
residents of manufactured homes from unreasonable space rental increases while
simultaneously recognizing and providing for the need of park owners to receive
a just and reasonable return on their property. (Ord. No. 1362, § 1