Update on Mountain View’s Mobile Home Rent Stabilization

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the City Council introduced a Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance that is modeled on the protections found in the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act with some modifications.

The ordinance would apply to all mobile home parks in Mountain View and cover all mobile home spaces rent and mobile home renters as well. The base rent date, also referred to as the rent rollback date, is March 16, 2021, the date the Council directed City staff to develop the ordinance. The ordinance also limits rent increases upon the sale of a mobile home to the Consumer Price Index rate.

The Council also directed staff to bring back several actions to them as follows:

  • Develop urgency eviction protections, which protect mobile home tenants from displacement until the ordinance takes effect on Oct. 28.
  • Develop a memorandum of understanding between the City of Mountain View and mobile home park owners with stakeholder outreach, which may be used as an exemption to the ordinance if at least 80% of mobile home residents in a park agree to sign it.
  • Amend the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance to include protections for mobile home residents.
  • Include a right to return for mobile home residents whose homes are taken off and then returned to the housing market.

Next steps include a second reading of the ordinance for adoption at the Sept. 28 Council meeting and consideration of an urgency ordinance enacting temporary eviction protections also on Sept. 28. The other items will take time to complete and will likely be brought back for the Council’s consideration in the first or second quarter of 2022, but could take longer depending on various factors.

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