The Hayward Mobilehome Owners Association was founded in 1979 by the late Vincent M. Haertel, a community leader and resident of Spanish Ranch I Mobilehome Park. Mr. Haertel realized a need to bring Hayward's nine mobilehome parks under one organization in order to more successfully defend, protect and preserve our unique lifestyle as we are both home owners as well as renters. In the early 1980's, Mr. Haertel, together with other prominent community leaders, worked closely with the City of Hayward to create our City's Mobilehome Space Rent Stabilization Ordinance to protect park residents from unfair rent practices. The most significant component of the ordinance was the establishment of rent control.
2003 INCORPORATION -- HMOA, Inc. was incorporated under California's Mutual Benefit Non-Profit Corporation Law as a category 501(C4), Social Welfare Entity. Incorporation not only strengthens our organization, but it protects individual park residents from being sued by a park owner. In addition to attaining Federal and State Tax exemption status, we are also registered with California's Department of Justice, Registry of Charitable Trusts.
2004 CREATION OF HMOA.NET -- This website is important to all mobilehome residents in that it provides information pertinent to our very unique lifestyle. In addition, we have also included a section entitled 'useful information' which provides information on many topics such as Municipal and State legislation as it applies to mobilehome living.
2004 MANDATORY MEET AND CONFER -- This significantly streamlines the arbitration process whenever mobilehome residents contest rents and other disputes with their park owners. This allows park residents to meet with their park owners to work through the issues. In many cases, park residents have been spared the exorbitant cost associated with procuring legal council. We also included an amendment whereby if a dispute could not be resolved and must to proceed to mediation, the resident(s) and park owner would jointly chose from a pool of five qualified mediators through a process of elimination. To further simplify the arbitration, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) was removed from the the Ordinance.
2005 ELIMINATION OF THE TRUST MECHANISM -- Under the original provisions of Hayward's Mobilehome Space Rent Stabilization Ordinance, park owners were permitted to establish a 'trust' account in their names whereby park residents were required to prematurely pay for such things as capital pass-thru improvement projects!
2005 INTRODUCTION OF THE VINCENT M. HAERTEL COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD -- HMOA wanted to honor an outstanding Hayward citizen who dedicated and steadfast their support of Hayward's mobilehome community. We honored former Hayward Councilmember Doris Rodriquez as our inaugural recipient. The presentation was followed by a reception in her honor.
2005 ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR LEGAL FUND -- When the residents of Eden Gardens Mobilehome Park were notified of a $200.00 a month increase by their park owner, they secured a $5,000.00 interest-free loan from HMOA to retain an attorney. An agreement was reached with the park owner that proved to be a far more viable solution for the park residents.
2005 CREATION OF OUR UNIQUE MOBILE ZONING CONFIGURATION -- We also succeeded in positioning our nine Hayward mobilehome parks under The City of Hayward's General Plan which created our own unique zoning classification. What this accomplished made conversion of a mobilehome to another use far more difficult for a mobilehome park owner.
2013 SAFEGUARDED HAYWARD'S FIVE REMAINING SENIOR PARKS FROM ANY POSSIBILITY OF CONVERSION TO ALL AGE
This was accomplished as a result of a judgement by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was unanimously supported by both the Planning Commission and the Hayward City Council and made Hayward the first major city in California to secure these safeguards. This decision represents the a 'win-win' for both The Hayward Mobilehome Community and the City as one of Hayward's major commitments in securing affordable housing to accommodate the City's expanding senior population.
2014 COMPREHENSIVE MOBILEHOME PARK CONVERSION ORDINANCE -- By extracting the most favorable aspects of existing conversion ordinances throughout California, we constructed a very comprehensive conversion ordinance which ranks as one of the best in the state.
2014 THE VINCENT M. HARTEL COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD -- Was awarded to former Mayor Michael Sweeney for his unwavering support of our mobilehome community.
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