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Palo Alto’s Buena Vista owners have a right to not sell mobile home park

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to join with the county Housing Authority and Palo Alto to issue an ultimatum to the owners of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: Sell your property to us, or we’ll take it by eminent domain. The threat is a moral, legal and political offense.

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Jury Rules Carson Violated Mobilehome Park Owner’s Constitutional Rights

A federal court jury ordered the city of Carson to pay $3.3 millon in damages to a mobilehome park owner for violating his constitutional rights when it repeatedly rejected proposed rent increases at his park.

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California’s Housing Crisis: Real Solutions and Rent Control’s Failure
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California’s Housing Crisis: Real Solutions and Rent Control’s Failure

Did you know millionaires are eligible for rent control housing in California? Yes, it’s a fact. Rent controlled mobilehomes are NOT means tested. This is why some waterfront mobile homes are selling for over $4 million in Malibu, California! This really underscores how misdirected some public policy can be when trying to find real solutions to California’s housing crisis.

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HUD Issues Guidance On Use Criminal Records by Landlords
HUD Warns Against Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders

Private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said today as they released new guidance on the issue.

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Affordable housing at an impasse

One of the last big fights of the legislative session is over housing construction, and the fallout could be significantly fewer new homes for low-income Californians.

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Buena Vista Mobile Home Park owners appeal verdict

The Jisser family, who owns the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, want to close the facility. But as a condition of closing, the city of Palo Alto requires the family to pay $8 million to the 400 or so residents who would be displaced.

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Rent control a disaster everywhere it has been tried

The idea of rent control is simple and very appealing to renters. Your rent can never go up as long as you stay in the same rental property. But, this government price control program actually hurts the very people it is intended to help (like many liberal policies).

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