Rental Housing Committee Update January 2018

Background:

On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), to stabilize rents and to provide just cause eviction protections for certain rental units in Mountain View.

Effective December 23, 2016 rent levels and rent increases for covered rental units built before February 1, 1995 must comply with the CSFRA.  As of this writing, single family homes, condominiums, and duplexes, are not covered by the CSFRA.

For more background go to the Mountain View website:

http://www.mountainview.gov/council/rental_housing_committee/default.asp

Rental Housing Committee Meeting 1/22/2018

The Rental Housing Committee (RHC) met this evening to proceed on advice from Mountain View’s Legal Team with establishing regulations to apply the CSFRA to Mobile Home Park Spaces.

This however did not occur as the motion was defeated in a 2-3 vote perhaps based partly on a letter that had been recently received by the RHC from an attorney representing one of the largest Mobile Home Parks in the City.  This letter implied future litigation if these regulations were to proceed. 

The Legal Team once again reminded the committee that their advice is to cover Mobile Home Parks under CSFRA although the law never specifically mentions ‘mobile homes’ and that none` of the exemptions listed in the CSFRA applied to mobile homes.

The committee was firm with their decision rejecting the legal advice and suggested that rather than include the Mobile Home Park Owner/Tenants in the CSFRA that they should campaign for their own measure and use language that specifically covers Mobile Homes.

The RHC decision brought angry comments from the Mobile Park Tenants who stated thy had no choice but to sue the City.

—Tamara Lewis, Observer