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Mountain View passes rent control for mobile homes, capping rents across city's six mobile home parks

Original post made on Sep 15, 2021

The Mountain View City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to enact rent control for mobile homes, ending a yearslong battle by tenants fighting for protections against rent hikes.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm

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I assume the council has a process for measuring the success of this intrusive plan? And will re-evaluate to see how it's progressing?

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 15, 2021 at 3:26 pm

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The MV City Council's vote is consistent with the recommendations of Good for them!

"For addressing the housing affordability crisis, AHF carries out a multi-pronged, community-based approach known as the “3 Ps”:

* Protect tenants: prevent gentrification and homelessness by keeping rents under control and discouraging evictions;
* Preserve communities: support progressive, sustainable land-use policies that maintain neighborhood integrity and allow working- and middle-class families to stay in their communities;
* Produce housing: Produce truly affordable housing through adaptive reuse and cost-effective new construction."

Posted by Trey Bornmann
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2021 at 5:37 am

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I am overjoyed Mountain View has finally stepped up to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens. Democracy moves slowly but is triumphant. Big money does not always win.

Pay special attention to which elected officials tried to derail this effort with MOUs and side-stepping techniques. If you ever unexpectedly find yourself down and out, you should not expect those council members to support you either. Get them out of office now. It can take decades to shift the political mindset to do the right thing. By then you could easily be dead from neglect. I am NOT joking folks.


And vote for people who care MORE about their citizens than big donors or their political carriers. These people should represent you and who you are. They should fight for you. No excuses because they have a small-town council job. They control the money and services that will be provided to citizens. Make sure they actually care and are willing to protect you from outside bullies.

Posted by Raymond
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 17, 2021 at 2:42 pm

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Rent control results in trapped residents and reduced quality and numbers of housing units. It also steals from providers. Count the units available now and then in a few years. Enjoy.

Posted by DrJKL
a resident of North Bayshore
on Sep 17, 2021 at 3:58 pm

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If anyone is interested in learning more about this, please reach out to the Mountain View Mobile Home Alliance: Web Link

Posted by Lenny Siegel2
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

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@ Raymond. Apartment rent control is working in Mountain View, and in case you haven't noticed, Mountain View is building more apartments than our neighboring communities. Some have argued that rent control has caused apartment owners to propose demolition of their buildings, but that trend was already in place when few people thought rent control would be approved.

It well past time for our mobile-home neighbors to receive similar protection.

Those that think that the windfall profits of housing investors are being stolen should read Adam Smith. The exorbitant profits of housing investors have been the result of communities not planning for adequate housing, not the sweat of property-owners' brows.