From the Office of the Attorney General

Rights of tenants in mobile home parks

Laws protect people who live in a mobile home or manufactured home park. If you feel your rights have been violated call the Manufactured Homes Program at 1-800-432-4210.

Limits on Rent Increases

New York law limits how much a manufactured home park owner can increase your rent, including the lot rent and any fees or utilities.

  • In most cases, rent increases are limited to 3%.  
  • Park owners can raise the rent up to 6% if the increase is “justifiable.”
  • If your park owner asks for a rent increase that is more than 3%, you can challenge the increase in court. The judge decides if the increase is justifiable.

Rent-to-Own Protections

  • In a rent-to-own agreement with a manufactured home park owner, the contract must describe:
    • The terms of the contract.
    • All fees, rent, or other charges due during the life of the contract.
    • The fair market value of the manufactured home.
    • The responsibility of the manufactured home park owner to cover major repairs and improvements during the rental period.
    • Tenant rights.
    • A statement that you are occupying a rented home until the title to the property is transferred to you. While you are a renter, the park owner must:
      • keep your home in habitable condition;
      • make all major repairs and improvements; and
      • keep it safe and healthy. 
  • Every year the park owner must give you a list of all payments that you made on the rent-to-own contract.
  • If your lease is ended by the park owner, they have to pay back your rent-to-own payments and any lot and/or home rent
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Last Reviewed: August 25, 2023