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Mobile home residents ready to sue city over rent control

Original post made on Mar 27, 2018

Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee could soon be headed back to the courtroom over a decision to exclude tenants at mobile home parks from the city's rent control protections.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:30 PM


Posted by a mv resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Rent control is often seen as tilting the balance too far away from property owners.
Yet, mobile homes are often misunderstood, since they involve two property owners (both with equity at stake, and both pay property tax too).

One owner owns the mobile home, that isn't actually mobile, the other owner, the landlord that rents spaces. Each space rent increase further diminishes the homeowners' ability to sell. If the space rent goes up beyond a homeowner's means to pay, the homeowner either loses the home they bought or is forced to sell directly to the park at a discount, since in Mountain View, the mobile home landlord not only rents out space, but also rents out entire homes (they own) to tech renters.

If any classification of housing warrants rent regulations, it's mobile home parks.

Posted by David
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm

The "rental committee" is stacked 3-2 against any rent control. But whether the initiative extends to mobile home parks is not clear (from the artocle). So just litigate it. Meanwhile, the landlord's representatives on the City Council probably are getting ready to place the repeal of the rent control initiative (or a superseding phony replacement) on the November ballot (no voter signatures required).

Posted by Rob
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2018 at 6:17 pm

yeah. this town went from a cool place to live to a meat shop of renters that work for google who have pushed the city council into increasing the city's living capacity for google/FB/etc. Owners that don't live here love the increase in rental payments, they care not for the standard of living for the renters.. less shops, more traffic.. higher rent. crowded everything. anyone notice the RVs in the streets too? great place. The city council has only one group in mind even though the majority are renters. Remember that when you are voting.

Posted by Jamie
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2018 at 11:30 pm

Want to add that giving up precious land to the corrupt Los Altos School Department is a huge mistake. They need to get their house in order, first, by firing their school superintendent, Jeff Baier. Once he is gone, there is a small chance that other administrators could be replaced. It fits with the housing crisis in our community.many people do not realize how Los Altos deceives its own population and mountain view.dont do business with Los Altos. is.

Posted by george drysdale
a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm

With a free market there would be no mobile home parks in Mountain View at all. This is understood in other states where mobile home parks are regarded as land banks to become something better (highest and best use). Now the lawyers are involved flunking out of a basic economics course (no price controls, thank you). The number one lesson plan in economics on its way where this lesson plan will be most appreciated.
George Drysdale land economist and initiator

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2018 at 1:52 pm

The Business Man is a registered user.

MY only comment is that the legal report submitted by the RHC legal counsel clearly stated under the CSFRA the land space rent was NOT exempt of the CSFRA.

My observation was that the RHC did not want to act on its own, it will defer the decision to the courts.

I understand that this will result eventually in a multi year refund of overpayments because of the lack of action done by the RHC.

But that could have been avoided by the mobile home owners adjusting the rents before all of this took place. This was the same mistake made by the apartment owners resulting in the refunds paid to tenants in September and October of 2017.

Those that refuse to adjust pay a heavy price.

Posted by Renter
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 28, 2018 at 9:32 pm

While rent control was well-intentioned it should be repealed. Too many unintended consequences.

Posted by LOL
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 28, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Funny seeing "Renter" come in and regurgitate anti-V talking points. Simply put, Measure V is keeping our neighbors in their homes who would otherwise be forced to leave, and this is in spite of an unfriendly council and a massively unfriendly RHC. It works really well if it can do that in the face of Tom Means et al. trying to undermine it.

Posted by fred
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2018 at 12:09 am

Don't back down. If you do not get rent control you will loose your home.
Make sure you check the California laws = MRL governing mobile homes.
Either vote out non supporting council members or get a ballot initiative
and take the decision out of the council member decision / vote.

Posted by Ignorance is bliss
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2018 at 8:39 am

Once your lease is up, nothing rent control can do if the property management does not want to rent the place out. So rent control is nothing but a bunch of expensive cost that in the end will be placed on the renters. Causing rents to skyrocket even further.

Renters, keep on dreaming of low prices, because if that is what you want, you might as well move out. The people that the high tech companies bring in from all over the world need a place to stay. So don't blame Property management companies for trying to bring there units up to current prices.