Rental committee rejects covering mobile homes

Mountain View’s Rental Housing Committee on Monday night reaffirmed its opposition to expanding the city’s rent control program to include mobile homes. As a result, mobile home residents warned that they would seek legal action against the city to overturn the decision.

The 3-2 vote to exclude mobile homes came as no surprise. The voting majority — Chairwoman Vanessa Honey and committee members Matthew Grunewald and Tom Means — had each previously expressed deep concerns with the legal basis for including mobile homes under Measure V’s protections. Mobile homes are never explicitly mentioned in the Community Fair Rent Stabilization Act (CSFRA), which passed as Measure V; however, tenant advocates point out this type of housing is also not excluded by the law’s language either.

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