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Mountain View poised to pass mobile home rent control next week

Original post made on Sep 7, 2021

Looking to protect residents at risk of displacement across the city's six mobile home parks, the Mountain View City Council is set to vote next week on whether to extend rent control to mobile homes.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 7, 2021 at 3:10 pm

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Rent control doesn't work. There are plenty of cases (MV, NYC) where it distorts the market for housing into unintended outcomes: renters don't leave, new renters pay much more, maintenance is deferred, etc. If nothing else, go to and type "does rent control work". Read some links.

Posted by Alex
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 7, 2021 at 3:46 pm

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I’m not sure if people don’t see the long term consequences of these policies or if they do but they are avoiding them because they want to enrich themselves?

Have you ever wondered why the feudal system collapsed?

Aren’t we repeating exactly the same mistake by allowing the rent system to continuously expand?

In the long term, this system creates a small elite of wealthy property owners and a large number of non-property owning renters who are completely dependent upon the elites. Just like the feudal system.

Rent control is an attractive short term drug to numb the pain but in the long term it will drive consolidation into a small number of super wealthy landlords (aka feudal lords) like Black Rock.

This will destabilize society.

A better solution for long term stability would be to allow tenant rent payments to become investments in the property so that they can become owners of the property.

Growing the base of property owners stabilizes society and creates the solid foundation for cooperation necessary for continued innovation.

The community that does this will prosper while its neighboring communities are destabilizing.

Posted by Longview
a resident of Slater
on Sep 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

So? New home owners pay more for homes than someone who bought 30 years ago. We can live with this, and we can live with current rents for a new renter being higher than they were in the past. No one thinks homeowners staying for a long time is bad. Why is it bad if renters stay for a similar long time? And finally, when landlords can only evict for a valid reason, tenants finally feel secure enough to request needed repairs. MV's rent control is not a distortion or a problem - it is a sensible benefit to our community.

Posted by Doug Johnson
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm

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Recently, the Sunnyvale City Council unanimously approved a comprehensive MOU for all of its mobilehome parks. The entire community — councilmembers, parkowners, park residents and city staff — worked together on this groundbreaking agreement that will protect mobilehome park affordability and sustainability for decades. The Mountain View City Council should consider this collaborative approach rather than impose a one-sided rent control ordinance. Rent control divides communities, invites costly litigation and consumes enormous amounts of city staff time. A MOU is a much better choice for Mountain View.

Posted by Polomom
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 8, 2021 at 10:41 am

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MV please learn from other cities!

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 8, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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MOU is non binding. A law is binding.
A memorandum of understanding is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document. It is not legally binding but signals the willingness of the parties to move forward with a contract.

comparing Apples and Marmalade / not even Applesause

Posted by Mountain View Resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2021 at 2:05 pm

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MOU are cute agreements with no mechanism of enforcement. Landlords like MOUs and love painting themselves as victims, panicking at the slightness indication of lost revenue. There is no reasoning or collaboration with landlords; they need enforcement mechanisms laid down by a higher authority.

Posted by Magster
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 10, 2021 at 9:03 am

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At Mission Bay senior mobile home community in San Leandro- they have few mixed in higher-end manufared homes - they charge $1,400 month for rent now.

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