Support Local Control of Mobile Home Park Rent and Vacancy Ordinances

Resolution Number BRG09.10

Support Local Control of Mobile Home Park Rent and Vacancy Ordinances

WHEREAS, mobile homes constitute an important housing resource for an estimated 700,000 low-income and elderly residents of California; and

WHEREAS, under existing California law, local municipalities may develop mobile home space rent and vacancy stabilization laws where such ordinances are deemed by the municipality to be in the best interest of their communities, and to maintain the affordability of mobile home space rentals while assuring park owners of a just and reasonable rate of return; and

WHEREAS, depriving cities and counties of the right to enact mobile home space rent and vacancy control ordinances will negatively impact the value of existing mobile homes; will cause numerous low-income and senior mobile home owners to lose significant equity in their single greatest asset; and may destabilize the mobile home mortgage portfolios of lending institutions, making it difficult for them to continue to offer affordable mobile home mortgages in California;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports local control of mobile home rent and vacancy stabilization ordinances and actively opposes any legislation that would deprive California municipalities of this authority; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party will communicate this position to each individual Democratic member of the state Senate and Assembly, and will strongly encourage them to oppose any legislation to deprive California’s cities and counties of the power to enact mobile home rent and vacancy stabilization laws.

Authored by Gila Jones, 73rd AD
Endorsed by Richard Blackstone, Central Vice Chair, CDP Rural Caucus; Chuck Carpenter, Chair, Contra Costa Democratic Party; Barbie Deutsch, Western Vice Chair, CDP Rural Caucus; Lucy Sells, Vice Chair, CDP Senior Caucus; Lori Vandermeir, Southern Vice Chair, CDP Rural Caucus; DSCC members and E-Board representatives of CDP Region 20
 
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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