The renting of spaces by manufactured homes in a manufactured home community is governed by the Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in Chapter 90 of the Oregon Revised Statutes. The Act requires that a written rental Agreement, Statement of Policy and Rules and Regulations be provided to each tenant renting a space in a manufactured housing community. This agreement, which includes or incorporates the community rules and regulations, becomes the contract that governs the relationship between the landlord and the tenant. Much of what you may or may not be able to do in your community will be addressed in the rental agreement.
Although many residents in your community may have rental agreements that are 5 or 10 years old, residents moving in to your community must be given a current rental agreement that conforms with the most recent amendments of Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and Federal Fair Housing Act. MHCO form '5A', "Manufactured Dwelling Space Rental Agreement/Dispute Resolution Addendum" (for month to month tenancies) and MHCO form '5B', "Manufactured Dwelling Space Lease Agreement/Dispute Resolution Addendum" are available through MHCO or you may have a rental agreement drafted by your attorney.
The Oregon Legislature occasionally adopts revisions to the Landlord and Tenant Act. Landlords and managers should make sure that they are utilizing the most current Rental Agreement. Rental Agreements generally may not be changed after execution, with the exception of mutual agreement of the parties; rent increases; and statutory changes (requirements of revised laws will apply even though not stated in the pre-existing agreement). ORS 90.510(4).
The MHCO Rental Agreement is designed to meet the current requirements of Oregon State Law. The Rental Agreement, which is intended for use in all classifications of parks, can be changed or altered to suit individual situations. In either event, you should consult with your attorney in order to insure that the agreement you choose meets all the legal requirements. It is important to remember that the tenant cannot be required to waive any rights that are granted to the tenant/resident by Oregon State Law.
The Rental Agreement should be completed and signed by both the landlord and the tenant/resident PRIOR to the home being moved into the community or PRIOR to the tenant/resident occupying a home already sited in the community.