Below are answers to frequently asked questions about “Lot Rent”. If you have a question that you would like answered feel free to submit your question here.
Do rents increase each year?
Lot rent increases are location specific and vary from park to park. If you factor in rising operating expenses (recurring expenses which are related to the operation of a business) and maintenance costs (cost to maintain or upkeep a property) then modest periodic rent increases seem very reasonable.
Below are a few selections from the Arizona Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord And Tenant Act which touch on rent control, disclosure of rent increases and relocations due to rent increase. Consult the “Arizona Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord And Tenant Act” to view each selection in its entirety.
ARS 33-1416. Preemption by state; regulation of rents; exception
(A.) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the state legislature determines that the imposition of rent control on mobile home spaces by counties, cities, including charter cities, and towns is of statewide concern. Therefore, the power to control rents on mobile home spaces is preempted by the state. Counties, cities, including charter cities, or towns do not have the power to control rents.
ARS 33-1432. Disclosure of written rental agreement
(A.) The landlord or any person authorized to enter into a rental agreement on the landlord’s behalf shall disclose to the tenant in writing before entering into the rental agreement each of the following:
(A. 4) For a prospective tenant on an initial rental agreement, a written statement that shows the rent increases for the three full calendar years immediately preceding the prospective initial rental agreement date.
ARS 33-1476.04. Relocations due to rent increase; mobile home relocation fund; applicability
(A.) A tenant is eligible for payment from the mobile home relocation fund if all of the following conditions are met:
(A. 3) The rent increase either singly or in combination during any consecutive twelve month period is more than a total of ten per cent plus the current increase in the consumer price index over the most recent one year period before the date of the notice of the rent increase. For the purposes of this paragraph, “consumer price index” means the “west-A” index that is published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, and that demonstrates changes in prices in certain cities in the western United States.
What utilities, if any, are included in lot rent?
Lot rents (as shown on a monthly statement) typically do not include utilities. However, it is not uncommon for agents and park managers to quote an amount for lot rent that includes fees for some, not all, utilities. This can be confusing to prospective residents who want to compare lot rents between one or more parks.
What amenities, if any, are included in lot rent?
Lot rents typically include access to or use of a park’s amenities. These amenities will vary from park to park. Please not that lot rents do not generally indicate or reflect amenities provided. Said another way, a higher lot rent does not mean more amenities and a lower lot rent does not mean less amenities.