The Pleasanton City Council ratified a new rent stabilization agreement with the owners of Hacienda Mobilehome Park on Vineyard Avenue Tuesday, keeping the lid to some extent on rent increases on spaces in the park at least through the end of 2016, when the agreement will expire.
The agreement modifies a more stringent rent control provision that had been in place for years, but has since been questioned in court cases affecting other similar mobile home parks in California.
Pleasanton has three mobile home parks. Vineyard Estates at 3263 Vineyard Ave. is the largest with 208 spaces; Hacienda at 3231 Vineyard Ave. has 149 spaces, and Fairview Trailer Park at 785 Rose Ave. has 22 spaces.
Hacienda and Vineyard Estates are operated as age restricted communities where residency is generally limited to households in which one of the residents is at least 55 years old. Fairview has no age restrictions.
Because most of the residents at all three sites are generally lower-income households, the city government has maintained rent stabilization agreements with their owners. In 2010, the council approved a new agreement to stabilize rents and control rent increases with Vineyard Estates, and it reached a similar agreement early this year with Fairview Trailer Park owners.
The agreement with Hacienda, which took effect Tuesday, even before the council's action, allowed a modest rent increase. Under the new agreement, Hacienda can again raise rentals in January based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure last August.
The formula, which will be in effect through 2016, is expected to allow rent increases in a range from 1.5% to a ceiling of 5% each year. The CPI figure for this year is 2%, which will be applied to Hacienda Park residents Jan. 1.
The new agreement does not set forth maintenance standards, which were part of a previous agreement, but the park owner has agreed to make improvements now to kitchen equipment and on an ongoing basis during the period of the new agreement.
Mobile home owners in both Hacienda and Vineyard Estates own their mobile homes but rent the land they're sitting on. Actually, the homes aren't "mobile." They're placed on foundations when they are brought into the parks and must be trucked out if they are ever moved.