Corona, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Are my daughter & grandson exempt from paying $300 a month each as a "Permanent Guest" when they stay more than 30 days?

They moved in to help me with bills after my other grandson, who was on the lease, passed away suddenly last October and my income was cut in half. The park manager is now demanding $600 more in the monthly rent because he considers them "Permanent Guests" and the monthly fee is $300 each. Since they are immediate family, aren't they exempt from paying that fee?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) governs the rights and responsibilities of mobilehome park residents and park owners. According to the MRL, a homeowner has the right to share their mobilehome with immediate family members without being charged additional fees.

California Civil Code Section 798.34 states that a homeowner shall not be charged a fee for a guest who does not stay with them for more than a total of 20 consecutive days or a total of 30 days in a calendar year. Moreover, a homeowner shall not be charged a fee for a guest who is an immediate family member of the homeowner and who is visiting for any length of time.

The MRL defines "immediate family" as the homeowner's spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild.

Based on the information you provided, your daughter and grandson, as immediate family members, should be exempt from paying the $300 per month "Permanent Guest" fee, regardless of the duration of their stay. The park manager should not demand this additional fee from you.

If the park manager continues to insist on charging the fee, you may want to contact a local legal aid organization or an attorney specializing in mobilehome law to help protect your rights under the Mobilehome Residency Law.

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