Mobile Home Lot Rent Across the Nation

We discuss all kinds of things on the Mobile Home Living Facebook page. Readers can ask questions and get answers in real-time from over 18,000 mobile homeowners across the nation. Recently, a reader wanted to know what other homeowners across the nation were paying for their mobile home park lot rent and what that price included. We asked our readers and received hundreds of answers from all over the nation.

Below you’ll find the average mobile home park lot rent for states with the most mobile and manufactured homes.

A Quick History of Mobile Home Parks

From 1920 to 1930 travel trailers were considered a luxury item due to their cost. When the rare weary traveler decided to park beside the road to rest for the night it wasn’t a big deal. Families and local businesses living on major roadways actually encouraged travelers to stop so they sell hot food, water, and other needed wares.

That quickly changed once mass-production made trailers more affordable and available to the average family.  By the mid-1920s those living on the major roadways in the US could expect to see 50-60 trailers every night. Unfortunately, property destruction, trash, noise, and crime became common and trailer owners were soon known for being destructive and wild.

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In order to remedy the problems created by so many travelers, townships and entrepreneurs along popular roadway created campgrounds. Wheel Estate claims there were between 3,000 to 6,000 municipal autocamps across the nation between 1920 and 1924. They go on to explain that there was a rivalry between community campgrounds:

“..campgrounds were a source of community pride and an object of rivalry between neighboring towns. To be known as a nice place to stay reflected favorably on the whole community.’

Campgrounds ranged in price from free to fairly expensive. The free campgrounds were often run by the townships and municipals but were eventually closed or turned into a pay by night campground because people would take advantage of the free rent and move in full-time. Time limits were also set so that no one could stay in the campground for more than 2 weeks at a time. Those rules are still enforced today in campgrounds ran by our state and federal governments.

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From Campgrounds to Trailer Parks

The evolution of campgrounds to trailer parks was simple enough.

Throughout the 1930’s and 40’s, trailers grew longer and wider and had everything a home had, including a fully functioning bathroom. They were better equipped for full-time living and harder to tow. Since there were way more trailers than tent travelers by the mid-1930’s, many campground owners began prohibiting tent-camping altogether and changed the name to better reflect their intentions. They saw the advantages of full-time tenancy and choosing who lived in their parks. Thus, the full-time trailer park was born.

As with any business or product, there were different kinds of trailer parks. The lack of regulation or codes for trailers allowed for many landowners to just set up a park overnight. They offered little to no amenities but were cheap. There are records of corporations developing luxury parks with professional city planners and architects as early as the mid-1930s.

You can read more about how the trailer park stigma began here. 

The more expensive parks had gorgeous views, paved roads and pads, streetlights, laundry facilities, and playgrounds. The lower cost parks were located in the not-so-nice areas of town and had dirt roads that turned to mud when it rained.

From Trailer Parks to Mobile Home Parks

At the end of 1953, there were about 12,000 trailer parks in business around the country. Florida had around 1,500 parks and those park owners were reporting that 40% of their tenants were living in their homes full-time. It’s thought that about 1,000 new parks opened that year.

Trailers cost between $2,800 and $6,500, depending on amenities and size. The average mobile home park lot rent in 1953 was $25 per month and that rate included utilities.

The Trailer Coach Manufacturers Association decided to break into two different entities in 1953. The builders that would focus on larger units made for full-time living started using the term mobile home and called themselves the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association. 

The builders that decided to stick with smaller units intended for hunting and vacationing would stick with the term trailer.

That’s how the first name change and industry ‘transition’ occurred. The second name change would take place in 1976 when the HUD code took effect. They decided they wanted to call the homes manufactured instead of mobile. You can read more about that in my article titled No, I Will Not Stop Using the Term Mobile Home.

Vintage Mobile Home Park Lot Rent Advertisements (1955)

The images above show pages from a 1955 issue of Trailer Travel Magazine. We thought they were interesting and wanted to share them with you. There are no rates on many of the ads but the amenities and offerings are neat to read. Here are a few of the more interesting ads:


1263 S. Court Street Montgomery, Ala. A clean, modern and homelike park. Restaurant with real home cooking. Quiet location near two trading centers. Well behaved children and pets welcome.


Box 294 Sedona, AZ on beautiful Oak Creek. New, Modern, Quiet 110/220 Hookups, no meters, trailer size no object, children and pets welcome. Swim, Fish, Hike, Relax.


Largest trailers accommodated. Paved streets, patios, lawns, trees. Modern laundry, recreation hall. Hot and cold water at each space, natural gas. Near Lockheed.


Smack on the beach. Westbrook, CT. Southern New England’s only seasonal park on the sea and sound. Brand new spaces for 50 trailers. Introductory rates $100.00 and up for the season. Light, power, and sewage. We reserve the right to refuse admittance of mobile homes that are not in well-kept condition. Exclusive membership. No transients.


Tarpon Springs, FL. 50 spots, some spaces 36 x 50 ft. Toilet connections, Recreation lodge, music lounge, and a mammoth fireplace. Cement patio lots $15.00 per month. Without patio is $12.00 per month. Special 10-year lease if desired. Year ’round occupancy. Pull in pick your spot and we will make you comfortable. NO PETS.


Live in our strictly modern park. Close to lake, beaches, fast bus, and train service. 220 spaces. Children and adult sections. 3 minutes to downtown Gary. 45 minutes to Chicago Loop. Trailer Sales….New and Used. Pacemaker – Great Lakes – Westwood – Ironwood. USED $25.00 down. NEW $197.00 down. “Every size, every price, for every need.”

PS Tenant-Owned and 55+ Parks are Special

Before we get into the current mobile home park lot rent numbers, we need to stress two things:  55+ parks and tenant-owned parks are extremely different from regular mobile home parks. They are so unique that we don’t think they should be included in this article at all.  We think they both deserve their own articles and hopefully, we can make that happen soon.

Tenant-owned parks are in a class of their own and cannot, or should not, be compared to regular parks. Tenant-owned parks are superior in many ways and hopefully will become more common as financial institutions realize the many benefits that come from tenant-owned parks. You can learn more about them on ROC’s website here. 

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Mobile Home Park Lot Rent Across the Country

Feb 1961 Ad for Arizona Mobile Home Park
This is an advertisement found in a 1961 mobile home magazine for mobile home park lot rent in AZ.


Arizona is a popular retirement destination and that means there are a lot of mobile homes. They are a great option for retirees that want to downsize and live in a more manageable home, after all. The dry heat and gorgeous scenery is a just a plus. One of our readers stated she pays $398 per month for a single lot in Tucson. The lot rent includes an indoor pool and clubhouse but all utilities are separate.

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You can see the new asphalt pads for this new California coast trailer park.

There is a place called The Cozy Peach at Schnepf Farms that rents out 10 vintage campers (including Spartans, Westwood, and Airstreams). You can read about Arizona’s glamping scene on their website here and learn more about the camper reservations here. 


There are a ton of mobile homes and mobile home parks scattered around the gorgeous state of California.  Unfortunately, mobile home park lot rent and homes aren’t as affordable as they are in the rest of the country because of the housing shortages in several cities. Still, you get to live in California so even paying extra seems fair.

One of our readers in Sacremento told us they pay between $612 for the lot rent and around $80 for water and sewer, gas, and trash pickup.

Our friend in the Central Coast area pays $707 for lot rent and that includes trash, water, and lawn maintenance.

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The Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park and the Blue Skies Mobile Home Community are two of the most iconic and well-known parks in the nation. There’s also a place called Desert Sands Vintage Trailer Park that looks like all kinds of awesome.

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A reader told us that she pays $800 per month for her lot rent but that she is in a nice park that would be considered ‘high class’ for the area and that it includes sewer, trash, pool, and a clubhouse.


Florida is the home of one of the first parks in the country, Parsley Trailer Park. It offered some amazing things like ballroom dancing, full community parties, boat docks, indoor pools, and gorgeous views.

We received 3 reports with mobile home park lot rent running around $400 ($390, $400, and $440). This includes trash pickup and lawn care. Another reader said she pays $601 per month and only gets trash pickup.

Tenant-Owned Park in FL

We have a reader on the Gulf Coast of FL that lives in a tenant-owned park and she pays a whopping $128 per month for the lot rent, water, sewer, trash, and lawn maintenance. The park has a pool and a clubhouse. See the difference between for-profit parks and tenant-owned?

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One of our Georgia readers said she paid $425 per month for her mobile home park lot rent and gets cable and trash pickup. Another reader reported $300 per month with trash only.

Illinois and Indiana

Illinois and Indiana fell in the same range and offered similar amenities. A reader in Indiana reported their mobile home lot rent to be $320 with trash pickup. Our Illinois reader reported $370 with trash pickup.


Iowa had the lowest mobile home park lot rent. Our reader stated she paid $140 per month for the lot rent itself and an additional $25 for trash, sewer, and snow removal. That sounds like a great deal!

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Kansas reports in at $255 per month and that includes trash, cable, and internet. There is also a pool, clubhouse, and a storm shelter in the park. Wow, Kansas sounds like a great deal!


We received 2 reports for Kentucky and both were for $350 a month.


Worchester, Maine has a park with lot rent at $381 per month. This price includes cable, trash, and snow removal.


Michigan reports in at $330 with no utilities or amenities included.

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Our reader in Northern Minnesota pays $258 for just lot rent. A reader in the Minneapolis area pays $425 but that includes trash.


Missouri seems to be a very affordable state for mobile home park lot rent. One reader reports paying $185 for a 100′ X 200′ foot lot with sewer and water included.

New York

One reader told us that she pays $400 per month in Western New York and only water is included.


One reader pays $240 a month for lot rent, trash, and snow removal.


A mobile home park in Oklahoma City charges $316 per month for lot rent, water, and trash pickup.


We were told one reader pays $554 per month in Western Oregon and that includes sewer and water.

South Carolina

The South Carolina coast is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation (or so I heard on the news) and property and rent prices are getting steep.

We received two reports, one for $280 per month that included nothing and another for $550 that included a boat dock, pool, trash, and sewer.


Texas has 19 manufactured home factories and there are a lot of parks. A park in Belleville, TX charges $225 per month and that includes trash and water. A Greenville park charges $242 for lot rent and a pool.

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Our UT reader seems to have a decent deal going on. She pays $450 for lot rent, trash, pool, and a full-time handyman that can help her with small repairs. How cool is that?

West Virginia

Mobile home parks are affordable in West Virginia. For a small park with older homes you can expect to pay $250 month and that will include trash.

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As you can see, living in a mobile home park lot rent varies drastically across the nation but it’s still one of the most cost-effective housing choices.

Be sure to read the comments below, dozens of readers have shared their park’s rent and amenities from across the country.

We’d love to know how much you pay for your mobile home park lot rent. Add it in the comments below!

As always, thank you for reading Mobile Home Living!

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  1. We live in a seniors community in northwest Indiana Our current lot rent is 325 but is raising to 475 the 1st of the year. It includes water and sewer.

  2. In RI the rent in the 55+ park also gets raised every year so it doesn’t mean those parks are any better. We almost bought a home in one last year when the rent was 520 but our home inspection turned up some issues so we bought elsewhere, Anyway the rent in that park this year is 594. The home we bought is in an all ages park. The rent is 574 and only includes trash pick up. We pay our taxes on the home plus we get billed for the owners taxes on the land. We don’t have a pool and the streets are crumbling and full of pot holes.

  3. I have been living in this trailer Park in Wisconsin for 8 yrs. When I started ? I paid 220. Now there is new owners 2 yrs ago. It’s gone up 3 times. I’m paying 310 now. Nothing included. In Dec. It’s going up to 356.00. I own my trailer Thank God! But the lot isn’t worth much. There’s bad grass . Roots, and trees that should be cut down . The new owners allow dogs now. But they never should of. Ppl have the kind that are not suppose to be in this park. Or haven’t reported them to her. In fear of paying extra. It’s not going to get any better. I hope my ship comes in soon. Lol.

  4. The whole system of renting the land that your home is permanently attached to (which most mobile and manufactured homes are) is the biggest scam since the days of owing the company store more than your company paycheck each week. It is designed to take advantage of people who have little to no bargaining power and lack the resources to relocate to a better situation. The mobile and manufactured homeowners literally get none of the benefits of home ownership but do get all the expenses of maintenance, repairs and property taxes on a depreciating, immovable dwelling. The park owners get all the advantages of ownership but without any of the normal expenses associated with a rental property such as maintenance and repairs and implied warranty of habitability. Simply put, it’s a legal loophole that allows the landowner to get something for nothing by taking advantage of the weakest members of society such as the elderly, disabled, working poor and families with dependant children. It’s the very definition of predatory practice and contributes greatly to the creation and maintenance of a permanent class of disenfranchised Americans. It also violates the principles of property rights and basic fairness that all property owners (whether real or personal, tangible or intangible) are supposed to enjoy. The laws should protect the homeowners interests instead of just the landowners interests. Anything less than co ownership status( tenants in common) is government sanctioned property theft or alternatively known as redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich.

  5. What part of Pa. do you live?. I live in Bensalem in a park. I pay $560 a month now but we got a notice it’s going up $10 in July. I also pay all those same taxes. I’ve lived here for almost 8 years and started out paying $490. Our lot rent includes sewer and garbage.

  6. I checked out the Greentrees Village May 2022 newsletter. Saw that HOA fees are $250. Found a 2 bd/2 bath really old singlewide with a porch on Zillow at Greentree Village for $175,000. Too much for me. I have 6 acres and old home in rural NW Tennessee that I ‘may’ get $75,000 for.

  7. Where in southern Oregon? I have not seen any lot rents this low in my searches. I’m searching every state that they have health insurance help for low income. Currently in TN if you are not 65 or older, have kids at home, or a deemed disabled there is no healthcare help.

  8. I want to live here. My SS is $970/month. That is my entire income. How can I find out more of this place that charges less than $400?

  9. In SW Ohio in rural area farming community lot rent is $300 no utilities but water, sewer, trash min is $15mo avg. is abt $30 actual for 2 person living in the home.

  10. I really enjoyed the information in your long post. I live near Bozeman , Mt, where average home prices and rent has sky rocketed. It is becoming cost prohibitive to live here. I own some acreage at the end of a non-incorporated semi rural residential area. I am thinking it should be developed into a mobile home park. Is there such a thing as rent first, establish some sort of reliability, then option the renter to buy into ownership?
    If you wish to respond, would like to hear your thoughts.

  11. Southern New Jersey: I pay a monthly lot rent of $610 which includes water, sewer, trash and snow removal

  12. Friendly Village of ORANGEWOOD , Phoenix, AZ . a Kingsley property. $775 – $825 . Grounds unkempt, amenities down too often, gate open too much, water off regularly and without notice, difficulty getting title from landlord (Kingsley properties)

  13. Currently I am a manager of a mobile home/RV park in the southern part of New Mexico. I currently rent mobile home lots for 550.00 a month and 450.00 a month for RV lots. Park pays for water, sewer, trash and electricity. Will be raising rents to 650/and possibly 500 on RVs.

  14. What area is your park, just curious seems like everyone’s else rent doubles in that amount of time.

  15. I don’t believe there is such a place as Worchester, Maine. However, you can add our lot rents to your list. Our parks are in Lisbon, Maine and the rent in one is $300 per month–the other, $330 per month. (Includes water, trash and pickup of recyclables and unwanted household items.)

    Having been in the mobile home business for 47 years, the rules we have in place are based on practicality and years of experience, plus adherence to Federal and State laws. If some park rules seem frivolous or unfair, there is usually a valid reason for their existence.

  16. Live in Clearwater Florida in a 55+ community. My lot rent is 695.00/mo. and includes water, sewer, trash and lawn care. This park has a swimming pool, club house, pool room and game area

  17. Delaware is a small state and doesn’t usually get much attention but I have found that it’s an affordable and wonderful place to live! 10 years ago we had a major financial disaster and were forced to leave our home in Maryland. We had almost no money but expected to get Social Security in a year or two. We had to find a place that we would be able to afford on a very limited income and after searching the entire country we decided Delaware was promising. After searching the net we found a few places under $10,000 and finally settled on a 1980 single-wide for $8000 that was livable but needed repairs soon. It’s in a park that’s very clean and safe and we are only about 2 miles from the beach!
    There is plenty of shopping and everything else you could want The lot rent now (2021) is $515 a month (average for the area)and includes trash/recycling/yard waste pickup, outdoor pool membership for us and all of our friends and family, and lawn care. We eventually ended up putting about $25,000 into the repairs/remodel (new subfloor and flooring throughout, 19 new, energy efficient windows, complete bathroom and kitchen replacement, new outside doors, etc.). I would still like to get a new A-frame roof and new siding but I have to wait until I can save the money. I really love it here in Delaware and am so thankful that we found such a great place to live!

  18. We live in the Mesa Dunes Mobile Home Estates in Arroyo Grande, California. Our lot lease increases by an additional 4% every year. Since we moved in here 5 years ago, our lot lease has increased by $300 PER MONTH. We are now at the point that we HAVE to move because we cannot comfortably retire and stay living here. People are moving out like crazy but, people are still buying in this park because they don’t know how it catches up to you. We’ve been told that when the single wides are up for sale, they will be torn out and replaced with a double wide and the lot lease will start at $1500/month. Now, this does include water, sewer and trash.

  19. Hi I live in Poughkeepsie NY and I pay $515 for lot rent, water, trash pickup, and snow removal.

  20. and the cost of our lot rent is $260.00 s month which includes garbage and sewer, here and there it goes up. I’ve lived in our park for 15 years and it was $150 a month when I first moved in and wish our park owners would fix our roads in here

  21. You forgot about the cost of lot rent for the of Pennsylvania, and where I live we are totally responsible for paying for all our taxes County, Utility, local school taxes, and our personal tax. I agree that living in a mobile home park or community is affordable some park owners let their parks run down resulting in badly needed road repairs and badly needed water line replacement!!!!

  22. Hello! Just started to get your emails. Enjoy reading it. However, I’m surprised i have not seen anything on Connecticut.
    So, just to let you know, in Naugatuck, CT , we pay $467.00/month. This includes snow removal (of little they do do) plus trash and water.

  23. Hi! I live in Long Island New York. Lot rent here, by law isn’t allowed to increase more than 3% each year. Currently Lot Rent is $766. per month. I pay my own taxes. Rent includes trash, water and streets snow plowed.

  24. In my 55+ community I pay $550/ month but that includes sewer, trash, water & expanded cable. Northern IL

  25. I’m about 12 miles west of Atlanta, GA. I pay around $536 a month which includes water/sewer/trash. Without that, it’s $447.00 a month. They are diligent and exact with who they let in. Keeps the riff raff out. I’ve lived here, Golden Estates MHP, for 5 years and really like it. Lots of trees and good communication between people who live here and management.

  26. I noticed you did not have Washington state in your list for space rent prices. I see why, like everything else in Washington state the prices are outrageous! In King county the average price for space rent is over $1,000.00 a month and you are lucky if they throw in an extra or two. If my kids were not here I would move out of this state. The counties surrounding King are very close in price also.

  27. Too bad you all couldn’t have gotten together and formed a housing cooperative and just bought that park and managed it yourselves. It is hard to get a lot of people coordinated. I think you should be able to buy any size residential lot you wish and place any home you wish on that residential lot and then just pay some property taxes. The exclusionary zoning preventing you from doing just that needs to end. We ALL have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Shelter is a necessity of life. Freedom doesn’t mean the freedom to take away someone else’s freedom. We ended our homeowner’s association along with all of the exclusionary zoning. About a third of the residents quit paying HOA dues and they just kept going to court. Finally all of the board members resigned and the judge declared that the HOA no longer exists. Now people are free to place motor homes, travel trailers or any size home they wish on their residential lots. So far so good. The only thing I worried about was possibly air B&B renters throwing big parties but that hasn’t happened yet. People either have second homes here are live here permanently.

  28. How about owning you lot and just paying some property taxes and NOT paying anything per month? If we had a free and fair housing market then you’d have that option. If would then be legal to even live in a motor home or a travel trailer or any manufactured home. I’d want at least 300 square feet so no tiny home for me. But we ALL should have that choice, that FREEDOM. As long as a home is not a threat to anyone’s health or safety then any restriction against that home is a misapplication of the police power to protect the health or safety of the community at large. Not have a free and fair housing market is a violation of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Shelter is a necessity of life. By the way, a free and fair housing market is pure capitalism. It is also the golden rule. We don’t tell people that can’t live in big expensive houses or we shouldn’t be telling people that they can’t live in small, movable homes. America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. Are we brave enough to demand our FREEDOM when it comes to housing? I pray that we are.

  29. Just watched it. The Guardian did an article about Frank Rolfe when he purchased a mobile home park in Austin, TX and raised the lot rents. They mentioned his mobile home university. I rented a lot in a mobile home park near Detroit for 18 years. They were getting a 50% return on investment. In other words I was paying enough in lot rent every two years to buy that 26 foot by 60 foot lot. You can’t put your singlewide on a residential lot and just pay some property taxes because of exclusionary zoning. Farmington Hills, MI even wanted to zone out mobile home parks. The Governor at the time, Jenifer Granholm, said even poor people need a place to live. Too bad she didn’t also say they have a right to live in any home they wish as long as that home is not a threat to anyone’s health or safety. I wrote her and one of her aids wrote back and said “the governor does not have the privilege of introducing legislation”.

    No politician will support a free and fair housing market. I’ve sent over 100 emails to the Bernie Sanders campaign when he was running for president. No luck convincing Andrew Yang either. We all have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Shelter is a necessity of life. So we ALL should be free to be happy in a home of our own choosing. As long as that home is not a threat to anyone’s health or safety then any restriction against that home is a misapplication of the police power, to protect the health and safety of the community at large.

  30. You should be able to place your mobile home on a residential lot and just pay some property taxes. I made a long post if it passes the moderator.

  31. If you are renting ANYTHING then you are getting screwed. Imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have to pay rent or a mortgage. You should be able to just own something and pay some property taxes, say less than $1000/year. If we had a free and fair housing market then you could live the dream and not just imagine it.

    I worked for a good company for 20.5 years and then our subsidiary was sold to one of those ‘at will’ companies. A year later at an all-staff meeting of the new company we were criticized for not giving enough to the poor. They asked if anyone had any suggestions. Near the end of the meeting I went to the front of the room where I’d be more easily seen and heard. I did about 5 minutes explaining my situation in the mobile home park. I suggested that we campaign for an end to exclusionary zoning so I could place my singlewide on a residential lot and just pay some property taxes instead of paying lot rent. The lot rent back at the mobile home park near Detroit is probably $5000/year by now. My property taxes were $705/year once I relocated my singlewide to a residential lot about 55 miles NE of Cincinnati.

    Two days later they called me into the office and asked if I’d like to resign my position. They said that I said that people didn’t have to give to the poor. What I said was that here is something that didn’t require donations of time or money such as Habitat for Humanity. Just empower people to get their own affordable housing. I told them that I would never tell anyone how to spend their time or their money and that NO, I did not wish to resign my position. So they put me on six months of probation and fired me just under six months later.

    The next morning was the happiest day of my life. They called me and said they’d be willing to pay a third party to help me find a new job. I told them I would not file for unemployment and would just retire. I had a plan B. Six months later I relocated my singlewide to a residential lot about 55 miles NE of Cincinnati. My working life income, all from wages, is $699,000. I estimate that I could’ve saved $100K more than I did if we just had a free and fair housing market. I paid apartment rent for 17.5 years and lot rent to a mobile home park owner for 18 years.
    The property taxes the first year were $705. When I hit 65 I qualified for a homestead property tax credit. Last January my property taxes were $93. As I said, the lot rent back at the mobile home park is probably $5000/year by now. When I hit 65 I started getting a small pension from the good company where I worked for 20.5 years. I waited until I was 70 to start getting social security.

    When I was 55 I bought a single premium immediate life annuity. When I was 58 I bought a second one. Then I bought a third one using all of my 401K money when I was 59.5. All three annuities pay me in total $1,065/month for life. If I had gotten sucked into a 30 year mortgage I wouldn’t have saved anything for retirement and I wouldn’t have bought any annuities. I’d have lost that home because I wasn’t able to save for retirement until my last job and that job only lasted 22 years.

    If I had borrowed $100K at 5% and paid it back over 30 years then I would’ve had to pay back $193,255.40. That is MORE than what I paid for all 3 of my life annuities. Plus I would’ve had to pay higher property taxes on a more expensive home and I would’ve had to carry property insurance. So when Joe Biden or Mike Bloomberg say acquiring an expensive home is a way to accumulate wealth and financial security then NO. That is disinformation. Housing is an EXPENSE and you will ALWAYS need some place to live. An expensive home consumes your wealth and creates financial insecurity.

    As long as a home is not a threat to anyone’s health or safety then any restriction against that home is a misapplication of the police power, to protect the health and safety of the community at large. Don’t worry about who your neighbor might be. We are ALL Americans worthy of dignity and respect. The bedrock principle this country was founded on is that we ALL have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Shelter is a necessity of life. A free and fair housing market is pure capitalism. It is also the golden rule. If Joe Biden wants to bring the country together then it starts with housing. Freedom doesn’t mean the freedom to take away someone else’s freedom.

  32. I’m in Oregon in a small college town. Our rent just went up to $620, but that includes water, trash and basic cable.

  33. I read recently that large corporations are buying mobile home parks and raising rents, they see it as an investment income.

  34. I’m in Wisconsin, saw that you didn’t have any lot prices for my state. Here lot rent is between $400-500 and usually includes trash and snow plowing. Some places have sewer and water and even pools or clubhouses.

  35. “Affordable” is relative, isn’t it? If you’re a senior, living on SS and not much else, there are few places we can live anymore. I’m in Central Florida. I can’t afford to be here after my lot rent got bumped yet again (and the park manager promises it will go up every year). The states with the lowest lot rents are places I wouldn’t enjoy living (too red, most of ’em). I already live in a red area in a purple state, and I don’t feel comfortable here. Trump signs are STILL up, half a year after he lost.

  36. Wow thanks for sharing! That lot rent is crazy. Have the owners gave any reason for the huge jumps in rent?

  37. I have been reading all of these and I think what needs to happen is all the residents need to contact their Congress person and ask for a cap on lot rent. I do know there are a few states that have done that. This would be the only way they can stop increasing lot rent each year.

  38. Thanks for the article on mobile home rents. Just wanted to share our rents compared to those in the article… My husband and I live in a park model mobile home (400 ft.² ) in an RV park in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Our huge monthly lot rent is $1,421.00 per month, which includes water and a community pool. We have no park store, and little-to-no landscaping. Our rent was raised 8% a year and a half ago, and we here talk that is going to be raised again another 8%. Living in an RV or mobile home seems like a deal because the housing is initially much less expensive than an actual home, but the lot rents are not stable and are very costly at this rate, it is like paying a mortgage, but you don’t have the benefit of owning the property.

  39. Tampa Florida and our old park, under new ownership, has gone from mostly rentals to rent to own. If you already own your place the lot rent went from 550 up to 625. If you buy your trailer and pay for it all at once your lot rent will be 695. These units are 1960’s so maybe 3 grand of value at best. Right now water and garbage is all that is included.
    Time to move.

  40. How old is this? Lot rent in Port Orange, Florida runs an average of $650 all the way to over $800. I have tried all over Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach (an armpit of a town), Port Orange, New Smyrna to Edgewood and most parks are bought up by big corporations wanting big profits and asking for big lot rents. Just FYI for those wanting to be in the area. I’d happily stop paying rent and move somewhere cheaper, but I like to surf.

  41. I live in Oregon, just outside Portland and I pay $862.00 a month that includes nothing. We have a “clubhouse” that has been closed down since COVID so we can’t even use that. They raise our rent 40.00 a year and it’s an over 55 community. We are literally trapped here. We can’t sell our homes for market value because no one wants to pay that much rent for a little spit of land AND pay a mortgage payment on the new manufactured homes they are putting up. Most people walk away from their investment. It is really sad. They charge the same amount for a single wide space as they do a double wide space. It should be illegal. It’s Cal Am, nationwide park owners.
    You should go to Youtube and check out John Olivers episode on “manufactured homes” he really spells it out, it’s an ugly truth

  42. I live in A MHP in Kentwood Mi just 10 miles South of Grand Rapids and it use to be a affordable, & Safe but thats not the case anymore and certainly not worth the amount of money we pay. Lot Rent plus Water and Sewer Runs about $550 to $600 a month, I own my Mobile home free and clear and yet the park seems to raise are lot rent on the average of 2 times a year. We have no clubhouse, pool, or any other amenities what so ever and all the trailers are older homes on average of 30 to 60 years old and if im being honest this park is not good as far as Safety goes, not to mention the tons of malicious destruction done to peoples belongings as well as the multiple thefts, along with a huge drug issue And the Management here does nothing to provide a Safe or more comfortable living situation, So as i said the amount of Rent being paid here isn’t worth any of these issues and frankly so many of us could own a stick built real home for the same price as were paying to live hear. But the Main issue is The majority of people that live here are on SS or low income so that prevents them from being able to move out of this situation to live a better life.
    but yet the park still feels its ok to raise the rent as Stated above.
    Idk how living in other trailer parks go but living hear is frankly what i would imagine how living in Hell feels!

  43. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Check this out. I bought my first mobile home 6 years ago in the charming 55+ in Palm Springs. Crystal knows how hard I’ve worked on five trailers I pay $500 a month for space rent I have a charming 1955 Fleetwood with additional rooms and an extra bathroom. I’ve updated five trailers and invested half a million. Every time I want to buy a new one I have to reapply like a new buyer. At number five I wanted to sell mine and buy a fixer to fix and sock away some cash good idea right ? Last year I was diagnosed with cancer so the front office denied my application. Because I had to have a bankruptcy I’m just a number and pissed.ive never been late or missed a rent check. It’s a great park the Sahara and only $120,500. Two and two, great Mountain View’s and done vintage but up to date.
    So I found a cool 70 s park about 18 minutes away in Desert hot springs. Not as glitzy but you own your own land and the HOAs are $117 a month and a 16 par golf course. The part is up the mountain and private with a huge pool and five real mineral pools of different temperatures. It was a bit dowdy a few years back but the 55plus find it cool and you can still buy a trailer for under a hundred grand. In fact meny go for a lot cheaper. I hope I won’t have any trouble with the application but I don’t think so. Many are 2500 sq feet plus a grange and work shop
    Does anyone see a down side to buying in there? $117 a month! Crazy. Any thoughts

  44. Check this out. I bought my first mobile home 6 years ago in the charming 55+ in Palm Springs. Crystal knows how hard I’ve worked on five trailers I pay $500 a month for space rent I have a charming 1955 Fleetwood with additional rooms and an extra bathroom. I’ve updated five trailers and invested half a million. Every time I want to buy a new one I have to reapply like a new buyer. At number five I wanted to sell mine and buy a fixer to fix and sock away some cash good idea right ? Last year I was diagnosed with cancer so the front office denied my application. I’m just a number and pissed.
    So I found a cool 70 s park about 18 minutes away in Desert hot springs. Not as glitzy but you own your own land and the HOAs are $117 a month and a 16 par golf course. The part is up the mountain and private with a huge pool and five real mineral pools of different temperatures. It was a bit dowdy a few years back but the 55plus find it cool and you can still buy a trailer for under a hundred grand. In fact meny go for a lot cheaper. I hope I won’t have any trouble with the application but I don’t think so. Many are 2500 sq feet plus a grange and work shop
    Does anyone see a down side to buying in there? $117 a month! Crazy. Any thoughts?

  45. Most lot rents in Sarasota, FL are over $1000/mo. I’ve been looking HARD for a place for my dad, anything in a 60 mile radius and Im not finding much of anything under $700/mo. WHY are they charging so much nowadays??? Property taxes, lawn care, trash, and grounds doesn’t cost anywhere near $700/mo. I understand wanting to profit a little but this is ridiculous. Lot rents and apartments cost nearly the same!!!

  46. Hi there. I have been a mobile home owner for years here in California. When I was 18 years old, I bought a mobile in a.Senior park and had to have it moved into one suited for families. That experience still haunts me.
    More recently I’ve owned this place since 1998. I’m in Norther California and I’ve watched rent go up from $350 to current price of $620. – $640 depending on water usage. This lifestyle was key to how I was able to stay at home and raise 4 kids. I’m grateful for this but am getting house ready for sale.
    My biggest complaint is that it is owner only here. It’s unfortunate I can’t keep the home and rent it out.

  47. Thank you for this article. My home is in a park near Orting, Washington State. My lot rent is $615.00 per month and only includes sewer (we are on a septic system). Also tacked on to this sum is $80.81 flat rate per month for water, no matter how much or how little you use. We pay extra individually for garbage pick-up, property taxes, lawn care (or cut it yourself), electricity, cable, and internet. There is no pool, clubhouse, library, or other amenities. I moved here 3 years ago from Texas, where I owned a stick-built 2800 sq. ft. house on 1/3 acre of land. I bought that house for $77,000 in 2007 and my mortgage was about $650 per month, including taxes and insurance. The rent’s just too damn HIGH!

  48. Rolling Hills Estate in Layton UT just raised lot fees to $700 a month. I talked with someone who was trying to get a loan for a home there and he was told outright not to go there as the lot fees were too high for someone buying a new mobile home

  49. My lot rent in 2019 when this article was published, was $695 per month in Chicago suburbs. It will go up $50 more in 2020 I am pretty sure. We used to have free water. They installed meters so we have to pay it. We also pay all other utilities – electric, gas, and of course cable and wi fi. Laundry is not free either.

    We use to pay $150 per year if we wanted lawn care (5 lawn mowings per warm season), but no more. We must do it ourselves.

    I don’t have a shed, and already had lawn furniture stolen, so buying a lawn mower and leaving it under a tarp is not acceptable to me.

    When I see how low rents are around the country I am shocked!

  50. We have to pay or do our own lawn snow removal. We have a pond and clubhouse. Its not gated as stated. The company that owns a vast majority of mobile home parks nation wide has 5 class action lawsuits. Unfortunately Our park is owned by them and we are suffering from the same reasons why the other parks have sued them. One person committed suicide because they couldn’t pay for basic needs. An elderly gentlemen. Others moved in with family or found senior living through the state. Many people downsized to save money. I paid less for a 4bedroom house in Country Club Hills. I have a 2 bdrm an 1 bath. Along with trying to repair floors. Plumbing and other things. Many of the residents had to get jobs just to maintain. 780.00 a month on SS is not enough for many here.

  51. I live in Illinois Calumet City. Every Year it goes up. I moved in 2014 525.00 a month. 2020 it is 599.00 you can say 600.00 . A mixed complex. Basically for Seniors and People on Disability. We have to pay lights,gas,and cable,cell phone or internet bills. No problem with this at all. As of this year realized they would like for Us to pay water and Garbage which was suppose to be included. They have not repaired the streets nor have they fixed the plumbing. Trees that have damaged houses they will not address. Never had.a lease. The one they issued is for people renting not owning. Many well Majority of Residents Own their home which had porch included. They will not give a land lease agreement in which i have no idea why. Many residents can not afford this new rent fee because many including Myself get disability or ss.

  52. I live in Shawnee, OK, one of the most expensive areas for mobile lot rental. We pay $295.00 just for the small lot. Water, trash, sewer, gas, electric, TV and wi-fi all at tenant cost. No amenities, park did finally put in a small
    play area for children. We are in tornado alley and have no usable storm shelters. Plumbing problems and flooding thru out the park, water runs down some of the streets year round, freezes in winter causing driving hazard. Park has changed ownership several times in the last three years and lot rent has gone from 165.00 to $295.00 with no amenities except play area for kids. Most parks charging this much rent pay at least water, sewer and trash, and have some amenities. park is old, 1960’s so I was told, and run down, management is slowly fixing it up, but are charging rent as if park was in good condition with amenities!

  53. Hi Diane,

    I am not a big fan of putting new manufactured homes in parks. I recommend going to a lower-priced home and buying your own land if at all possible or just going with a site-built home. When you live in a park, you are at their mercy and should expect a minimum of 3% increase in rent every year. You also lose out on gaining equity. For older pre-owned homes, I’m not as against parks since the affordability is so great but that isn’t the case for a new manufactured home. You’ll end up paying $1500 a month between the home and the lot rent and that’s just too much, even for city/urban areas.
    I know this is probably not what you expected to hear from a blog that advocates mobile home living but nothing is perfect. Best of luck!

  54. I live in.Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Philly, my husband & I were looking into purchasing a mobile home,new one $75-$90 thousand, lot rents in our area are between $650 – $750, only includes trash, sewer & snow removal, doesnt include lawn maintenance which I think is ridiculous, I’ve bern told be careful buying a home on so rented land,a owner coykd sell, your ne w owner could raise your lot rent substainally, I am so confused,new mobile home would be much more affordable

  55. I would strongly suggest that you seek out a privately owned park that has no intention of selling to equity ownerships who only raise rents to increase their bottom line – no matter the cost to their tenants. Some shady stuff going on with 1 ownership in particular here in FL. Rents for private owners are typically much lower ($400 – $450) than rents in equity ownerships (about $595 or more in 2020).

  56. I live in Eugene, Or. My lot rent is currently $667 a month. When we move in, it is covered that the rent will typically increase 4% annually. It is a gated (at night), all age community with clubhouse/library usage, workout equipment, billiards, indoor pool and hot tub, and areas designated for pets or children (with playground equipment, basketball, tennis).
    Eugene housing is very expensive with median rent at $1,595 monthly, median home price at $350K – $365K.
    Many complain about lot rent, but we all need to live somewhere! However, we need to make the right choice for our lifestyle and budget. We should NEVER live where our expenses are at the very top of our budget or more. That would leave nothing for emergencies or maintenance items.
    If I could afford the down payment and monthly payments for a stick built house or even an apartment, I would be better off financially to live in my MFG park. Why?
    Annual cost $8004 vs. $19140 apartment, or $20,253 mortgage. Add another approximately $75 property tax for MFG or $500 for mortgage monthly.
    If I saved the difference (invested @ 5% return) here is the CASH I would have. This does not include what my MFG home might sell for. (Average time on market for stick built is currently 52 days, plus the wait for closing).
    After 15 years over $205K, after 20 years about $285K, and after 30 years about $283K.
    Here is the cash I would have (after mortgage and PT) after closing on a stick build that appreciated 3% over the life of the mortgage.
    15 years = $54,900
    20 years = $78,225
    30 years = $176,000

    This is all just simple math. Put pencil to paper for your own area to see what makes the most sense for your financial goals.

    Thanks to the team at Mobile Home Living for sharing so many pertinent issues!

  57. UGH. This is crazy. The park owners are even warning that tenants should always expect at least a 3% raise every year. Park tenants to band together and demand better protections and regulations. This is beyond ridiculous.
    Thank you for sharing the info!

  58. @Crystal Adkins Thank YOU for providing this information and trying to bring some attention to the problem we who live in “trailer parks” are facing on mass…

    So just 7 months after I posted my first comment here, in the mail today came yet ANOTHER lot rent hike. This one the largest increase yet at $29! I don’t know how I’m going to be able to continue living here, I’ll be going backwards every month now.

    Obviously I’m pissed! I decided to do some research on the owner of our humble community (the residents) and here’s what I’ve found thus far.

    The company, “Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.” (ELS) a Maryland corporation, together with “MHC Operating Limited Partnership”, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the most recent annual report, 2018, ELS owns or has controlling interest in more than 414 communities in 32 states and Canada with 155,447 home sites. ELS’s stated objective is, “Our primary business objective is to create value for stockholders through effective management of portfolio Properties.

    Here’s the gross revenue of ELS for the past 5 Years ending each on December 31.

    2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
    Total Revenues….. $986,653,000 $925,312,000 $870,435,000 $821,654,000 $776,809,000
    (Source: )

    In 2018, $518,252,000 of the $986,312,000 in revenue came directly from base rents or lot rents.

    You get the idea… our homes are someone else’s nest egg and the ONLY thing that prevent our park from closing is that it is still profitable… well now they have priced me, and probably every one else on SSDI, right out of our homes. I don’t see any recourse atm… talk about stressful!!

    Wanted to give you an update. Something’s got to change… doesn’t it?

  59. Rochester, NY Harper Mobile Home park. Site rent for 2020 will go up once again, 530.00 not including taxes.

  60. Hi Debbie,

    This is all getting out of hand. These park owners are trying to get rich off the backs of lower-income residents. I read an article by one of the biggest park owners and his reasoning was that since apartment rentals are expensive so should park lots. What they seemed to forget was that lot rent is not even close to apartments. It’s like comparing apples to elephants and makes absolutely no sense at all.

    Until the manufactured housing industry puts pressure on the park industry they can expect to continue a downward spiral of sales and buyer satisfaction. Mobile home parks should not be a get rich quick scheme but the a-holes that sell their infomercial classes don’t seem to care that most of the new park owners have no business being owners of a park.
    We have to do something about this before it gets too much worse.

  61. Hi Catherine,

    You shouldn’t have any problem finding an affordable 2/2 mobile home in a 55+ community. In fact, when we lived down there that’s about all you could find. Just search google for the location you’re interested in and you should have plenty of choices. Best of luck!

  62. Hi, I’m looking for a lot to purchase along with an older 2/2 manufactured home in Florida in a 55 and over community. Hoping this would keep the monthly cost down. Is there such a place? Thanks

  63. I live in Murray, Utah the lot currently is $412.00 and nothing is included. A company out of California purchased the property 2 years ago. The lot rent was $312.00 which included water, trash, sewer, and stormwater. When the new owner purchased the park they informed the 55 or older residence to expect a $50.00 increase every year for the next 5 years. The second-year instead of an increase of 50.00 everyone will have to pay their own water which is now metered and averages out to be about 100.00 in the summer months because we are required to keep our lawns green and desert landscaping allowed. Personally, I think $100.00 a month is way high and I think we are being overcharged. Reason for thinking this is because a man who lives alone and rarely showers and might do laundry once every 2 months and his lawn is dead pays 100.00 a month and so do we and we have a green lawn and flowers, I wash my car and other water usage just like some of the other neighbors and we are paying $100.00 also. The trash, sewer, and stormwater average around $40.00. Come 2021 the lot payment will be 512.00 and nothing included. The water sewer trash and stormwater are all regulated through the park. We don’t have a clubhouse or swimming pool and we are allowed to have one yard sale and it is a community yard sale. My mother is on a fixed income and she can not afford to live here alone anymore so I moved in after turning 55. Moving the home is too costly and too much stress for an 80-year-old widow lady to go through. And did I mention we are also responsible for our own yards including installing sprinkler systems, paving and repairing driveways and sidewalks, trimming the trees, shoveling snow and raking leaves? We don’t have dumpsters and we are not allowed to throw leaves and other landscape debris in our trash cans. So basically my mom and the other 200 elderly people that live here are screwed and have no choice other than to pay and do as they are told or risk being evicted.

  64. Whomever reported that $140/mo rate in Iowa must be living in Coon Hollow, or something. Rent rates are getting out of control in our area. Our going rate in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area is pushing almost $400/mo. This does include water, sewer and garbage, but no personal lot maintenance (snow removal or lawn) or additional utilities (i.e. cable/Internet). It’s almost cheaper to get a mortgage.

  65. I’m in a park in Michigan, and my rent is $533. That includes trash, and there is also a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, playground. We have community events regularly too.

    Sewer and water are separate but so far have never been more than $20 a month.

  66. I’m recommending that no one moves into a park unless it’s a 55+ park in a rent-controlled area. There are just too many variables that are out of the homeowner’s hands. The best kind of mobile home living is an older paid-off home on a private lot. Otherwise, renting is a better option.

    i AGREE, i just bought a fixer upper[55+] on 2400 sq ft lot for 6 k and my rent is under 400 + gas n elect] a mo w rent control and no hard ball rules and regulations.affordable housing for seniors[or anybody] on fixed income is becoming scarce! im in the so ca desert erea the powers that be would like to see parks just go away! there is no housing shortage! its intentional! everbody pays big money for a home or u do with out. homeless problem? you havnt seen any thing yet…. millions on properties all over america are sitting vacant and land lords owners the banks etc wont budge! home owners are atempting to sell and get out because its in a bubble /a big bubble! i love my old himble little shack! apts? room rentals? sec 8? bee ess!

  67. Hi Nita,

    That sounds like a great park but the increase in rent seems absolutely ridiculous. These parks are truly getting out of hand. Thanks for sharing!

  68. We live in a 55+ park in Ellenton, FL. We live on their manmade lake and currently pay 980 per month which includes water, sewer and trash/recycle. We expect our rent will go up again in January. Unfortunately it is not well managed so we keep paying thru the nose. Landscaping is included but they only show up once a month. Be careful when purchasing in a 55+ community. Speak to the residents, check up on the management.

  69. I live north of Sarasota, FL. The park is a 55+ owned by ELS and has over 2000 lots. When I moved into the double wide in Dec 2010 my rent was $690 a month to include water, trash and basic lawn cutting (no weed removal) and basic cable. The park has 5 pools, clubhouses, marina, etc. I now pay $930 a month plus electric for a 1978 trailer without cable. We have a 5% increase every year. I rent the trailer but most of the lots are owner purchased with monthly land rentals. The lot rent varies from $800 to over $1000 a month if you are on the ponds or near the river. Trailer owners pay the yearly taxes on their unit.
    This is a nice area but when you are on a fixed income it becomes a problem.

  70. Hi Joanne,

    It sounds like you are living in a beautiful park! It’s so nice to hear about a good park after reading about so many bad ones. Lucky you!

  71. I’m sorry, Danielle.

    With the way things are going, I’m recommending that no one moves into a park unless it’s a 55+ park in a rent-controlled area. There are just too many variables that are out of the homeowner’s hands. The best kind of mobile home living is an older paid-off home on a private lot. Otherwise, renting is a better option.
    So sorry.

  72. Thanks for the information! Parks are truly getting out of hand with these increases. They keep saying that the parks rents aren’t on par with apartment rent and that’s why they ‘have’ to increase it but parks aren’t apartments. They are vastly different in many ways and mobile home living is supposed to be cheaper than apartments so their reasoning makes no sense.

    Thanks again!

  73. A gated park in Castaic, CA, 40 miles north of Los Angeles, base space rent was $825 in April, ’07; is now $1,064.78 to the penny. New mgmt. gets their exact 3% increase every year now! Trash,water,sewer,gas,electric and cable are ALL extra. NOT a 55+ park but with a few kids & no playground. Has a pool, sauna, pool table & laundry rm. which I’ve never used. Club house is for private use parties & mgmt. occasional events: Xmas in last 7 mos. Some residents here 35+yrs. No common grass area but pets allowed. I like this safe-feeling community even though it stretches SS with a mortgage too.

  74. I live in a lovely mobile home park in southern Delaware and we pay $500 a month which includes trash, pool, park and clubhouse. Very quiet, most tenants are part time vacation/summer beach goers. We are approximately 1 mile from the beach.

  75. I have lived in in a subpar “gated family community” in Washington State for 10 years. Owners have changed multiple times; not to mention the plethora of community managers. It has no amenities, rule changes with no notices, and rent changes all the time. We started at $425.00 per month. We are up to $800.00 per month. Outrages rules include: chipped paint, community approved paint colors, form to fill out for any landscape changes, transferring responsibility of existing structures like sheds, driveways, ect to residents, 4 sided inspections, 2 cars per lot or be charged $25.00 per month to store extra vehicle at storage lot behind office. I could go on and on. They cant even stay up to code on basic things like providing power to our septic pump regulator( they disconnected it because the alarm kept going off, ). Noone here can afford the increases or cost of ridiculous cosmetic repairs. Cannot sell, rent, or get out of these depreciating homes. Feels like a coffin.

  76. Bulverde, Texas. This is mainly an RV park but includes mobile homes and park models. I’ve been here 22 years, 11 in an RV and 11 in a mobile home. The park used to be a ranch and the present owner actually grew up here. The ranch home is now a beautiful club house, there are approximately 170 spaces, and several of the owner’s relatives live here. Lot sizes vary but most are quite large with room for garages and outbuildings. All units are resident-owned and most of the RV spaces are permanently occupied. We have one large and two small club houses and two laundry rooms, a dog walk, and a pet cemetery. Water, wi-fi, central mail room, and on-site dumpsters are provided. Most mobile home owners take care of their own landscaping but the park management provides all general maintenance. Lot rent increases periodically and is currently $360.

  77. We live in southern Oregon and pay $425 a month which includes sewer, water and trash. Eight years ago the space rent was $350 with two increases explained as city water rate hike and new rates for trash pickup. Since we live in a small town (7000+ pop) it was easy to go to city hall and check if the increases were legit. The family which owns our park has been in the area for generations and our hopes are that they will continue the affordable rents. We own a 1991 Fleetwood Barrington double wide and we are both retired.

  78. Hi, Robin!

    My retirement dream is to find a nice 55+ park on the beach, preferably on the west coast because the humidity is too much for me here in the South. You are living my dream life – lucky you! Thanks for commenting!

  79. We live in Oxnard California. The beach is steps away for us and some of the homes are beach front. We bought last year and our space rent is 1010. a month which includes water, trash and electricity. Rents vary depending on how long you have lived here. We were able to buy for 279,000 but the beach front ones are as high as $800,000. Crazy isn’t it? But the park is very nice and the neighbors are awesome. We are surrounded by million dollar homes and we are at the beach, so we consider ourselves very fortunate to be here.

  80. Here in Western New York we started at 325 in 2012, it is now 2019 and we are up to 385. That is 60 dollars over 6 years. I was hoping to move to Michigan and keep running into Sun and Yes Communities. They are buying up all the parks with over 200 units near all the major cities. Most of their parks have lot rents over 500 and they tell their stockholders they will be raising rents 3% a year. It is a good deal for them but not us. We live in mobile homes because we are priced out of the stick build home market and now we are being forced out of our tiny homes. We need some kind of rent control laws before this situation gets totally out of control.

  81. Hi Linda!
    This is happening all across the nation. Large equity firms and companies that see parks as a get-rich scheme are buying all the parks.
    What little bargaining power we have is no match to the power and rights that corporations have now.
    I know $10 doesn’t sound like a lot to many people but if it happens 5 years in a row that’s a phone bill or important medication. Still, $350 is reasonable (compared to some others at least).
    Thanks for sharing – every little bit of info we can collect helps.

  82. I live in 55+ Mobile home park “Ponderosa Mobile Home Park LLC. We currently pay $332.14 space rent for a single wide, but it is going up next month to $343.00. We have to pay for trash, sewer, water, gas, electric, cable. I thought by asking for a Year Rental lease that would give me rental control. but no it doesn’t. We bought this last September and rent is going up as of May 2019. There is a Rec room with tv, pool table, coffee and two restrooms, Pool. The new park managers close it at 5 pm every day. Laundromat is on the premises and it closes early also.

  83. I live in central Ohio and pay $310 a month lot rent which includes water and trash pick up. We have no pool or amenities so this is why the rent is so low. We have lots of seniors at the park that couldn’t afford more.

  84. Thank you for your input!

    Your situation is the main reason parks scare me. While I understand increases must occur, I don’t see how almost doubling lot rent over a decades can be warranted. At that rate, everyone should turn their property into a park!

    Mobile home park tenants need better protections! I hope you can get some kind of help so you can stay in your home.

  85. I have lived in this park for a decade now… I am pretty sure that we have the most expensive lot rent in the Twin Cities area.

    My single-wide is one of the older homes in the park, a Commodore built in 1984 and despite my best efforts, it is showing it’s age. There are many new units that have come into our park since i’ve been here.

    So, when I first bought my home in 2009, if memory serves, lot rent was reasonable at just over $400/mo, including water/sewer and trash. Your Minneapolis reader @ $425 in 2018 is where i was lot rent wise 10 years ago! So, this month, March 2019, nearly 10 years to the day, my lot rent statement is SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS and some change —-> $700.XX.

    A $300 increase over 10 years for someone on a very FIXED SSDI income has me in a bad spot and nearly unable to afford to live here any longer and without any ability to consider to purchase another home else where. My home is on a permanent foundation with a detached garage and moving it would likely cost more than my home is worth. Last year, Habitat for humanity considered my request for a replacement roof and siding, but after having the estimates done, told me the repairs would exceed the value of the home and they could not help me.

    I love this park. My neighbors look out for one another and we have a safe community for the many families who have young children. Many of the residents here are on social security too and in the same boat as me. I don’t know about anyone else but $700/mo is killing me.

  86. Grand Villa Community, Springfield, Missouri. The park here is a 55+ community. The lot rent is $295.00 a month and includes water, sewer and trash. There are also many nice features of the park for the tenants to use.

  87. We live in a Deeded lot Mobile Home Community in Northern California’s Foothill town of Sutter Creek. We pay $78 per month for our HOA fees. All of our utilities are payed to the local jurisdictions. We have Natural Gas throughout the Community. Mobilehome values run beetwe.n $90k and $160K based on recent sales.

  88. I live in Greentrees in Florence Oregon (on the Oregon Coast). We own the land and are currently paying $223 a month in HOA fees and that includes water, garbage and cable TV. We have a club house, two pools, a small-pool sized hot tub and tennis courts. We also have our own little campground which is great for visiting relatives.

  89. Wow! that’s a lot of money for lot rent but for CA it seems about average. I hope the real estate market settles down out there soon cause it’s pricing out the working folk and that’s the backbone of society. Thanks for the comment, I hope you the best!

  90. I live in a 55+ Park on Long Island in Calverton NY. My lot rent is $678. per month. My taxes are $1000.00 per year. And that’s with Enhanced STAR. We pay $12.86 per month for garbage pickup. The lot rent includes water and snow removal from street only.

  91. Hi Sandy! That seems expensive but you get to live in an absolutely gorgeous state! From what I’m reading, $600-700 seems to be about average for the western states. Eastern and southern states seem to average around $500. However, income in the West is a lot higher than the east (except cities like NYC), too, so I guess it all balances out. I bet you have a great view close to you!

    Thanks for sharing!

  92. Glad you enjoyed it, Staci!

    Being from WV, it’s hard to wrap my head around a home of any kind costing $4700 a month or more (though I know it’s gorgeous out there and ya’ll have amazing weather). Thank you!

  93. Your park sounds wonderful, Val! I’ve read a bit about issues many California parks face and I’m glad there are good people fighting for the homeowners. Thanks for sharing!

  94. Carpinteria Ca – Silver Sands Village – Resident owned park. Next to the Salt Marsh Nature Park and about a block from the beach, our HOA (rent) is about $390 and includes underground utilities, pool, laundry room, clubhouse, car wash bay, trash, sewer, and water. However, to get into the park you have to buy an existing unit; either as a pull-off or to live in. They go from about $500,000 to $750,000!

  95. I live in a 55+ community in Yucaipa, CA. I own my home and am near the top of the park which is surrounded by a Wildlife Corridor near the base of the San Bernardino Mtns. We have paved streets, club house, pool, Jacuzzi, dog walk areas, guest parking. I pay $521/mo which includes sewer and trash. We are responsible for our own yards. The homes are 1970’s and older. Pets allowed under 20lbs excluding service animals, indoor cats which based on our location is the safest place for them. Its clean, quiet and the neighbors are great. Most homes are owner occupied. Its a bit higher rent in this park but we are above the hustle of the city. We are embroiled in negotiations with the city over rent stabilization ordinances and trying to close loopholes that allow predatory investors to raise rents excessively under the guise of improvements which often fail to be performed. We have nearly 50 mobile home parks in our small city which enable our seniors and lower income families an affordable place to live. I must say I never saw myself living in a mobile home. I could afford a stick built home but not in this location. This is absolutely where I want to be.
    Thank you Crystal for the great publication.!

  96. Burlington, VT Co-Op all ages, $415/month includes trash, water, sewer, snow removal & common area maintenance.

  97. I live in a 55 and over park in CA and our rent is $1200 per month, including trash pickup, and it goes up every year in July. People who live here are on a fixed income and just can’t continue paying the high rent, so many long time residents are moving out. I’m still working, but when I retire, I doubt I can continue living there.

  98. Green Acres Park in Bothell WA. Best place I ever lived!!! $600.00/ M, Water, sewer and garbage incl. Backyard is a lake!

  99. What a fabulous article this is! So much great information and pictures (we always love pictures) in a single place is always much appreciated. :D Thank you so much for all the work you put into this one. Excellent!

    I also love reading and learning from people’s comments. Who knew that anywhere here in southern California, there could be space rent for less than $800! I’ve been looking for years for a mobile home in a safe location that’s green with mature plantings and have seen $1000/mo on a parking lot in Grover Beach for a “tiny home” (less than 500sf) and well over $4700/mo in Newport Beach. Moorpark is looking much better than Hemet where I thought I’d be stuck.

  100. Don’t move to Colorado—my lot rent is $628/month and trash removal another $13/month and water bill averages $75./month====last month I paid $788.+/month for it all!!!!! (On top of my mortgage pymt, which is roughly $800./month!!!!)

  101. This article and its comments were very helpful. All of us love reading about remodeling, but lots fees and what’s included are most important when making a decision. Thanks to all! And joining you soon!

  102. Hi Sara! Thank you so much for all the info. It sounds like you have found a wonderful place to call home! So happy for you and thanks so much for commenting. There seems to be a lot of unhappy park tenant so it’s refreshing to hear from someone that is happy with theirs.

    Thank you!

  103. $415 a month includes trash pickup. Douglasville, GA – Golden Estates. They also rent and sell mobile homes. Very stringent back ground check keeps out undesirables. Community pool and events. Very wooded so you better be up for raking leaves and keeping your lawn mowed.

  104. Newnan GA Brand new Families are welcome Community with all new homes size 1200-1600 sq ft. Lot rent is $510.00 per month includes, pest control. lawn maintenance, service call repairs , play ground and pool. Utilities are not included. Paid cash for our Brand new 1500 sq foot home and love it. Looks like a cottage with front porches across the front.. Set up completely on concrete foundation painted to match. Regular house roof and vinyl siding. Very sturdy and nothing about it feels like a mobile/ manufactured home. All lots are hydro seeded with shrubs planted across the front and a tree is planted in the front yard. Nice size two car concrete parking pad. Inside all dry wall, crown molding throughout. Large fully equiped kitchen with center island and a dining area. Slider glass door off of kitchen with a new 12 X 20 deck. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Beautiful stack stone Fireplace and Huge Built in entertainment center and shelving. Full size laundry room. We’ve lived here for a year as this was purchased as our retirement home. Fantistic Property Manangement. Very Quiet community without worry of any crime. So far, We Absolutely Love it and hope we continue to be happy here cause I pray that I NEVER have to move again.

  105. Grand Isle, Vermont: state-owned park… We have nice lot sizes, in-ground septic on each lot (which the state maintains unless you plug it up with non-sewage) for $325.00 per month. The state hires someone to plow in the winter as well. We pay for the water and trash, but there is a recycling center and trash drop off just a few miles away. Another park in Bolton, VT (also state-owned) has 400+ for lot rent, but includes water and trash.

  106. 327.00 a month with sewer included ( gas,electic,water, garbage ) separate from central Pennsylvania
    Monroeville,pa outside of Pittsburgh 1000.00 lot rent

  107. I think I have the most affordable space rent in Californis. $440. a month which includes water,garbage,sewer,upgrade of basic cable, use of pool and clubhouse. My park is Country Club Estates together with the the park accross the creek, Dover we are the Mobilehome Owners Association of Fairfield. We are a 501c3.

  108. Hyde Park, NY. Co-op over 55. $590/mo. includes trash, water, taxes, snow removal and maintenance on common area. (tree removal, underground plumbing etc.)