The Pleasanton City Council has ratified a new rent stabilization agreement with the owners of Hacienda Mobile Home Park on Vineyard Avenue that allows annual increases of no more than 5% through December 2029, when the terms of the agreement expire.
Under the terms of the agreement, rent increases would be capped at 5% based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures each August, with the rent adjustments made the following January. However, with the CPI estimated at no more than 4.3% in the San Francisco Bay Area this year, that will likely be the rent adjustment in Hacienda Park as well.
The Hacienda Park is a family-owned, 149-space community built in 1963 where residency is generally limited to households in which one of the residents is at least 55 years old. They own their manufactured modular housing units, but lease the lots they occupy.
In negotiating the new agreement, a committee of 12 Hacienda Park homeowners met with city representatives and the park's management team. The city then sent ballots to the 149 owners, with 102 responding. The final vote tally showed 97 in favor, five opposed.
The Hacienda Park has been subject to a rent stabilization agreement since 1988. In 2000, when the first rent increases took effect under that agreement, some criticized the move as driving out manufactured homeowners who could not afford the increase.
A former resident voiced his concern at the time about diminishing affordable housing in the city. He said Pleasanton had lost about 25 affordable housing units in its mobile home parks because of rent increases allowed there.
In response, former mayor Tom Pico said that if ever the two mobile home parks on Vineyard Avenue are offered for sale, the city might want to acquire them to add to its affordable housing inventory.
While most current Hacienda Park residents will find their annual rent increases based on the CPI index, those who moved into that park before Jan. 1, 2002, will find their rent hikes based on Social Security increases, which this year will be 2.8%.
Also, under the new agreement, the Hacienda Park's owner will not be able to increase space rents upon a transfer of ownership by more than 5% above the current maximum space rent in the park.
For transfers of ownership that occur between now and Sept. 30, the park owner may establish a new monthly rent of $1,430. For transfers of ownership that occur between Oct.1 and Sept. 30, 2020, the park owner may adjust monthly rent by adding $30 to the existing monthly rent and adding a cost-of-living increase, but no less than 3% to that amount.
The same formula will apply to all future transfers of ownership through the remaining terms of the new agreement.
Pleasanton has three mobile/manufactured home parks. Vineyard Villa, also on Vineyard Avenue and next door to Hacienda, is the largest with 208 spaces. Fairview Trailer Park at 785 Rose Ave. has 22 spaces, but has no age restrictions.