I bought an MHP in San Diego County in Feb 2020. The park had an approved permit for 26 MH spaces and 10 cabins. During my Due Diligence, I discovered an old permit for the property for 45 RV spaces with Drains (Full-Hook-up RVs). The permit was “closed” because the bankruptcy administrator didn’t pay the $400.00 annual permit fee.
It took me about 6 months to convince the County Of San Diego that they didn’t follow the proper codes to close the park down. Specifically, they didn’t follow title 25 Section 1052. I now have 26 MH, 45 RVs, and 10 cabins approved!
The park is a legal non-conforming use and was built back between 1969-1975. The RV section has a bunch of old water spigots, some abandoned overhead electrical, and septic in some areas but not others. It’s far from what a Full Hook-Up RV park should look like, but all the essentials are there.
I am trying to pull permits to “repair” all the utilities etc. The County is denying my permit saying I am expanding a Legal Non-conforming use by “repairing” the utilities. I have spoken with a CA MHP code consultant and a CA MHP attorney who both say that I am within my legal rights to pull the Permits and re-establish the entitled use.
The RV park section full is worth $3.5-$4.0MM. I estimate it will cost me $500,000 in building costs and $250,000 in legal fees to get everything approved.
I am torn as to whether or not I should fight this fight. I could take the same money and just go buy an MH park somewhere else.
Should I spit the hook? Or should I Sue the County to get my repair permits approved?