There are 17,115 mobilehome spaces in 96 mobilehome parks (MHPs) throughout Santa Clara County that are licensed and monitored by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). These parks, which vary in size from 24 to 909 spaces, are located in nine cities from Gilroy to Milpitas to Palo Alto. Of these mobilehome parks, 23 with 3,295 spaces are restricted to occupancy by seniors: generally, at least one occupant of the mobilehome must be at least 55 years old.

There are six recreational vehicle (RV) parks, also licensed by HCD, in the Coyote Valley, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy areas of South Santa Clara County with a total of 896 spaces, and two RV parks located on Uvas Road.

Affordability

The cities of Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and San Jose have rent control (or “rent stabilization”) ordinances in place for MHPs.

Rent levels in mobilehome parks vary widely, even within the same park. Rent control regulations mean that long-term residents in a MHP could have significantly lower rents than a shorter-term residents.

It has been several decades since any new mobilehome parks have been developed. In the ensuing years, many mobilehome parks that were originally developed in low-density areas, or in more industrial areas, are now surrounded by higher-density uses and the underlying land has increased in value. This has resulted in demand to convert mobilehome parks to other uses.

In response, most cities have adopted ordinances to limit the ability to convert parks. These ordinances typically include stringent requirements for notifying the residents about hearings on proposed conversions and the preparation of relocation plans and proposed financial-benefit packages for residents who would be displaced by conversion. Examples of conversion ordinances are those adopted by Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, and Sunnyvale.

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