Mark Busch Q&A: RV Rental Agreements

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March 13, 2014

Question: Can our park use the regular MHCO manufactured home rental agreement for RV tenants who are allowed in certain spaces throughout our manufactured home park?

Answer: No, the park should definitely not use a regular manufactured home rental agreement for RVs. By doing so, the park might inadvertently give the RV tenants more rights than they are otherwise entitled to under Oregon’s Landlord-Tenant Laws.

Specifically, the MHCO manufactured home rental agreement (and most other, similar manufactured home rental agreements) typically define the rented space as being used for a “manufactured home.” This could used against the park in an eviction action. The RV tenant’s attorney could very well argue that the RV is a “manufactured home,” and therefore not subject to a 30-day, no-cause eviction, as RV tenants typically may be evicted.

Tenant attorneys might also try to argue that the termination provisions in a manufactured home rental agreement similarly do not allow no-cause evictions. All in all, using a regular rental agreement is not a good idea.

Instead, use MHCO Form 80 (Recreational Vehicle Space Rental Agreement). It includes all of the usual landlord protections, plus these specific requirements under Oregon law: (a) That the tenancy may be terminated by the landlord without cause upon 30 or 60 days’ written notice for a month-to-month tenancy or upon 10 days’ written notice for a week-to-week tenancy; (b) that any accessory building or structure paid for or provided by the tenant belongs to the tenant and is subject to a demand by the landlord that the tenant remove the building or structure upon termination of the tenancy; and, (c) that a state agency or local government may not prohibit the placement or occupancy of an RV, or impose any limit on the length of occupancy, if the RV is located in a manufactured dwelling park, mobile home park or recreational vehicle park, occupied as a residential dwelling and lawfully connected to water and electrical supply systems and a sewage disposal system.

Mark L. Busch, P.C.
Attorney at Law
Cornell West, Suite 200
1500 NW Bethany Blvd.
Beaverton, Oregon 97006

Ph: 503-597-1309
Fax: 503-430-7593
Web: www.marklbusch.com
Email: mark@marklbusch.com

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