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Council Decision On Rent Control Ordinance

February 20th, 2017 Comments off
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The Lazy J community in Arcata, CA. Credit: Times-Standard.

In the northern California city of Arcata, the City Council voted last week to approve a draft ordinance on rent control for manufactured home communities.

According to the Times-Standard, the draft ordinance is based of Humboldt County‘s Measure V, which was approved by voters in November.

The Daily Business News covered the Measure V vote, in an article linked here.

In a 3 to 1 vote, Councilman Michael Winkler dissented, citing the importance of looking at the central California city of Modesto’s ordinance on manufactured home rents.

Council members Sofia Pereira and Paul Pitino noted that it was important to consider a rent control ordinance that could be amended if it did not fit citizen’s needs.

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Arcata Mayor Susan Ornelas and city engineer David Loya also presented the idea of entering into a regulatory agreement with manufactured home communities that would provide residents the power to adjust it.

An ordinance doesn’t protect you from rent raises. While I agree that an ordinance should be considered, so should a development agreement process,” said Ornelas.

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If Arcata citizens do not agree with the decision made by the council, they have the power to take it to a ballot measure, similar to the county’s Measure V,” said Winkler.

And, like Measure V itself, the proposed ordinance sparked tensions as residents and owners had their say.

When I add my water and sewer, my electrical and my gas I’m up to over half of my income,” said Lazy J community resident Raven Le Barron.

When I add in my garbage and my telephone, I get no cable or no internet and no cell phone. I live bare bones, so if my rent continues to go up, people like myself are afraid that we’ll lose our homes. We’ll have to move.

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Resident Raven Le Barron speaking at the council meeting. Credit: Times-Standard.

Le Barron says that is not an option for her or other residents on fixed incomes.

My home is too old to legally move and even if we could move, there is nowhere to move,” said Le Barron.

We love our home. We’re people who were fishermen, loggers, janitors, factory workers. We’re parents and grandparents and great grandparents. I sit with 80- and 90-year-old people who are so terrified they’re going to lose their home.

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For Town and Country Mobile Home Park owner Cecilia Quick, she says that her rents are not only in line, but that she is also sensitive to residents’ situations. Her community does not receive government subsidies, but Quick keeps her rents lower than the regular county housing market.

After close to 60 years of ownership, these price rises do not show a history of huge price increases,” said Quick.

We’ve only raised rent six times in the last seven years at an average of 2 percent at that time. We’re very mindful of our tenants and what they can afford, especially during the recession. We try to be sensitive to that and also run a functioning business.”

The city plans to move forward on drafting the, but also consider changes to it in the near future.

Despite all the efforts to bring folks together, moving forward with rent stabilization makes the most sense,Pereira said. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community Residents Protest Rent Increase

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off
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In what community residents are calling an effort to push them out, the new ownership of the Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park in San Leandro, California is raising rents in a part of the country that already boasts record high housing costs.

I understand many are concerned about our plans for the property and the recent rent increase; we are responsible mobile home [sic] and RV park operators,” Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny told San Leandro City Council members.

We have every intention of operating this property as a mobile home [sic] and RV park and are committed to providing affordable housing solutions to all San Leandrans. To do this, our rent increase is 100 percent necessary.

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Sacramento, California based Cascade Corporate Management purchased the property earlier this year from Bob and Lisa Granada, who had owned the community since 1937. In a letter to residents in July, the Granada’s explained their plans.

After a long discussion, we the owners of Trailer Haven have decided that it was time to move on to the next chapter of our lives,” the letter read.

With that said, Trailer Haven has been put up for sale and is in the process of being sold. We want to take this time to thank you for all the memories you’ve helped create with us over the 79 years of Trailer Haven’s existence.

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For 17-year resident Maxine Ventura, the sale presented challenges immediately, including an increase in rent and utilities from $595 to $750 per month.

I fear the rent increases will slowly push out Trailer Haven residents who cannot afford them, lower the value of homes in the area and take advantage of low- to very low-income earners,” Ventura told the East Bay Times.

Resident Bob Nelson is also concerned about being pushed out. He lives on a supplemental security income.

This is the only place that I could afford for now, but now I feel like I’m under siege,” Nelson told the San Leandro City Council on Nov. 7.

I’ve got a lot of stress, and now the $200 is just way too much for me to handle.

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Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park (marked.) Credit: Google.

Kaveny disagreed. He says the costs are necessary to address serious infrastructure issues and offset property tax increases and operational costs. He pointed out that the rents are still well below market rates in the San Leandro area, which does not have a rent control ordinance.

It’s not our goal to have anyone move out from Trailer Haven because of affordability issues,” Kaveny said.

We’re still the most affordable place to live in San Leandro, and we’re committed to keeping the community intact.

According to Kaveny, Cascade is also willing to offer a rental assistance program to families who cannot afford rent increases.

Some San Leandro residents say that this case shows the need for the city to consider rent control laws.

If you don’t protect these people, they’re going to be out on your streets, and we don’t need that,” said Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League regional vice president Karilee Shames.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, a number of MH industry professionals have commented on the issue of rent control, including the hotly contested Measure V in Humboldt County, California.

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Paul Bradley. Credit: Fosters.

I think rent control is a symptom of a larger problem.  To my eye, these stories are always about both sides doubling down politically and legally,Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROCUSA) told MHProNews.

I would like to think there are alternatives that don’t rely on third-party boards and local ordinances.  I approach things with a win/win mindset, and from what I’ve seen, courts and boards seem to satisfy neither party in most cases.  A fundamentally different value proposition and mindset is required to stem the tide of rent control,” said Bradley.

You can read the entire story on the outcome of the vote on Measure V here. ##

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Rent Control Measure Victorious, Questions, Issues Remain

November 14th, 2016 Comments off
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In a highly charged campaign that focused on rent control measures for manufactured home communities, Humboldt County, California’s Measure V passed on November 8th with 54.57 percent of the vote.

The Daily Business News has covered the measure V battle extensively, breaking the measure down to its key points:

  • Manufactured home community owners would be permitted to raise site rents once annually, and the increase would be tied to inflation via the Consumer Price Index;
  • When a home is sold or transferred, new resident site fees could only increase five percent higher than what the previous residents paid;
  • A community owner could raise rents to pay for improvements, but would first require written approval from more than 50 percent (a simple majority) of the homeowners/residents.
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Both sides involved with the measure provided details on their position leading up to the election.

In May, a federal jury unanimously found that the city of Carson and its rent control board violated the constitutional rights of the owner of Colony Cove — a mobile home park in Southern California,” said Doug Johnson, who is a member of Citizens Against Rent Control — NO on Measure V, in his letter to the Times-Standard.

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The jury concluded that the board’s rejection of lawfully filed rent increase applications in 2007 and 2008 constituted a regulatory taking without just compensation,” Johnson wrote.  “Such government actions are barred by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Hilary Mosher, chair of the Humboldt Mobile Home Coalition, provided a different take.

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Park owners are being merciless, and in some cases, outside the law in their rush to gouge park residents in raising fees and lot rents prior to the Nov. 8 election,” Mosher alleged.

This provides us with a perfect example of why Measure V is necessary – park owners are not required to be fair with their increases and we park residents are captive and have no say about whatever they want to do to us,” Mosher continued.

One park owner in McKinleyville, who failed to give tenants adequate notice, has even gone so far as to tell them in a letter that if Measure V does not pass, he may not raise the rent! We view this as voter manipulation and intimidation.

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The MH industry also weighed in with their perspective.

Park owners in Humboldt County have been addressing the issue of alleged “excessive” rent for well over a year,” attorney C. William Dahlin told MHProNews.

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C. William “Bill” Dahlin.

However, the reality is that rents in Humboldt County are not excessive. Indeed, rents in Humboldt County mobile home parks are exceptionally low. Do the research,” Dahlin said.

Most Park owners offer long-term leases that address and stabilize any legitimate concern about rent increases,” Dahlin explained. “A rent increase that reflects an increase in property taxes simply reflects the costs of doing business. Not one penny of such increases go to the park owner. Rather, such funds go the county for roads as well as police and fire services.

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Paul Bradley. Credit: Fosters.com

I think rent control is a symptom of a larger problem.  To my eye, these stories are always about both sides doubling down politically and legally,Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROCUSA) told MHProNews.

I would like to think there are alternatives that don’t rely on third-party boards and local ordinances.  I approach things with a win/win mindset, and from what I’ve seen; courts and boards seem to satisfy neither party in most cases.  A fundamentally different value proposition and mindset is required to stem the tide of rent control,” said Bradley.

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

The fact is, if we [as community owners] raise our rents too high, we will have no sales and no occupancy,said UMH President and CEO Sam Landy.

No reasonable landlord would do such a thing. Our rents have to make economic sense or we have no business. Therefore, in the long term, there is never a need for rent control.

The Daily Business News will continue to monitor the progress of Measure V and its impact on the manufactured housing industry. ##

(Editor’s Note: for a similar, related story featured in a Fox News video, please click here.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 9th – Oct 15th, 2016

October 16th, 2016 Comments off

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Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day by day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Novogradac’s Report – Affordable Housing 2046 – Does MH Hold the Key?  and

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Video report with powerful insights and links to third party experts, sharing compelling insights about manufactured homes.

The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight

What’s New On MHProNews 

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Special Election Report – Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Transcript-3 Leaked Clinton Goldman Sachs Speeches – Manufactured Housing Industry Impact?

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Saturday October 15th, 2016

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Skyline Announces Q1 2017 Results

Friday October 14, 2016

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Rent Control-WMA Rolls out ‘No On Measure V’ Video, Talking Points

Official wants Mandated Amenities for MH Communities 

Concerns Increase in Louisiana Flood Damaged Housing

Novogradac Report – Affordable Housing 2046 – Does MH Hold The Key?

 

Thursday October 13th, 2016 

ELS, SUN Up – Manufactured Housing Composite & Broader Markets Down

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Retailer Alert-FEMA to Purchase Off-the-Lot Manufactured Homes 

New Law Allows City To Build Tiny Homes For Homeless 

Is Apple iPhone latest News Update an Effort to Influence 2016 Election?

New State Law Would Change Eviction Rules For Manufactured Homes

 

Wednesday October 12th, 2016 

MHC Leaders ELS, Sun – Assess Hurricane Matthew Impact

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MHCV Bounces Back Strong, SUI and ELS Lead – Outpaces Broader Markets

Post-Hurricane Matthew, Windstorms, Stereotypes and Manufactured Housing

State Under Pressure to Count Manufactured Homes as Affordable Housing

 

Tuesday October 11th, 2016 

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CFPB ruled Unconstitutional, What’s Next? 

Down Day for MHCV, Broader Markets – CFPB Unconstitutional

Why are Equities Impressed by Skyline Homes?

Sun Communities Downgraded

Town’s Residents Concerned about New Manufactured Home Community

Carl Ichon goes Biblical Defending Trump – WikiLeaks drops Clinton Campaign H-Bombs

 

Monday October 10th, 2016

New Columbus Day Report, Dozens of Media Sites Pickup on MH 

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Florida Manufactured Home Owner Describes Hurricane Matthew Experience 

Patrick Industries Leads Strong Day for MHCV – Broad Markets Up on Oil News

Measure V – Battle Lines Drawn

Will FHA Auditors Bring Good News Come November?

 

Sunday October 9th, 2016

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – October 2nd – Oct 9th, 2016 ##

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Measure V – Battle Lines Drawn

October 10th, 2016 Comments off
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As the moms and pops that built our mobile home parks age out, predatory, out-of-town corporate investors have been taking over. – Measure V proponents

Once rent control is adopted, politicians will – by the tenants’ votes – be giving the landlord’s property to the tenants. It happens all the time.Sam Landy, CEO UMH Properties

These are just two of the many published perspectives over controversial Measure V – a Humboldt County, California ballot measure that proposes significant changes to the relationship between manufactured home community owners and their residents.

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As Daily Business News’ Joe Dyton covered recently, Measure V proposes that:

  • Manufactured home community owners would be permitted to raise site rents once annually, and the increase would be tied to inflation via the Consumer Price Index;
  • When a home is sold or transferred, new resident site fees could only increase five percent higher than what the previous residents paid;
  • A community owner could raise rents to pay for improvements, but would first require written approval from more than 50 percent (a simple majority) of the homeowners/residents.

This has spurred a furious debate, including letters to the editor and opinion columns from both sides of the issue.

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Millionaires, such as actress Betsy Russell, are living in manufactured homes. To see a photo spread of her manufactured home which listed for 2 million dollars, click here.

Court Ruling, Views Dueling

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In May, a federal jury unanimously found that the city of Carson and its rent control board violated the constitutional rights of the owner of Colony Cove — a mobile home park in Southern California,” said Doug Johnson, who is a member of Citizens Against Rent Control — NO on Measure V, in his letter to the Times-Standard.

The jury concluded that the board’s rejection of lawfully filed rent increase applications in 2007 and 2008 constituted a regulatory taking without just compensation,” Johnson wrote.  “Such government actions are barred by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Johnson’s comments are, in part, a response to those of Hilary Mosher. Mosher is chair of the Humboldt Mobile Home Coalition, who was quoted in an Op-Ed in the Mad River Union, seeking to make her case for Measure V.

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Park owners are being merciless, and in some cases, outside the law in their rush to gouge park residents in raising fees and lot rents prior to the Nov. 8 election,” Mosher alleged.

This provides us with a perfect example of why Measure V is necessary – park owners are not required to be fair with their increases and we park residents are captive and have no say about whatever they want to do to us,” Mosher continued. “One park owner in McKinleyville, who failed to give tenants adequate notice, has even gone so far as to tell them in a letter that if Measure V does not pass, he may not raise the rent! We view this as voter manipulation and intimidation.

Johnson sees the Measure V issue as a danger to taxpayers that they may not be aware of, referring to the Colony Cove case in Carson, CA.

The jury went on to award the park owner more than $3.3 million in damages. In addition to this already staggering judgment — which the taxpayers of Carson will have to pay — the court ordered that the city pay an additional $4,128,662 in prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees. Taxpayers are now on the hook for a whopping $7,464,718 — from just one bad Rent Control Board decision,” Johnson said.

One McKinleyville resident disagrees with Johnson’s take.

In his letter, Doug Johnson made a lot of untrue statements. He gave his address as McKinleyville — he does not live in Humboldt County,” claims Roxann Souter of McKinleyville in her Times-Standard letter-to-the-editor.

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Administration of Measure V is paid for through fees to mobile home owners. If park owners decide to go to court they potentially are costing taxpayers money— not Measure V. He [Johnson] said Carson taxpayers will have to pay millions— not necessarily true,” Souter continued.

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That case is being appealed and research shows that these park owner cases most often lose in the higher court, with park owners liable for fees. Johnson claims that Measure V will impact public services — he has no crystal ball to know that,” Souter said.

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In her opinion piece to the Mad River Union, semi-retired journalist, landlord and volunteer for “Yes on Measure V,” Carrie Peyton Dahlberg shared a similar perspective.

For mobile home residents, the ‘free market’ is a myth. People who own mobile homes can’t pick up and leave if the park owner decides to create new fees or impose repeated rent increases. They are trapped. The only way out is to sell their home, the one asset many of them own,” said Peyton Dahlberg.

That is why, even though I’m a landlord, I collected hundreds of signatures this spring to help put Measure V on Humboldt County’s ballot. Many landlords I talked with signed the petitions,” Peyton Dahlberg wrote.

They know the difference between a tenant who is free to leave and one who is a captive renter, in a captive market. When they learned the details of Measure V, they realized it was fair to the park owners, as well as to the mobile homes owners.

A Landlord…?

The Daily Business News reached out to Peyton Dahlberg with questions related to her experience as a landlord, including whether or not she owned a manufactured home community or had friends or releatives who lived in manufactured home communities.

I will be glad to answer those questions in 2017,” she replied.

Dahlberg would not respond to a follow up.

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Park owners in Humboldt County have been addressing the issue of alleged “excessive” rent for well over a year,” attorney C. William Dahlin told MHProNews.

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C. William “Bill” Dahlin.

However, the reality is that rents in Humboldt County are not excessive. Indeed, rents in Humboldt County mobilehome parks are exceptionally low. Do the research,” Dahlin said.

Most Park owners offer long-term leases that address and stabilize any legitimate concern about rent increases,” Dahlin explained. “A rent increase that reflects an increase in property taxes simply reflects the costs of doing business. Not one penny of such increases go to the park owner. Rather, such funds go the county for roads as well as police and fire services.”

Sheila Dey, Executive Director of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association told MHProNews that Doug Johnson’s statement reflected their association’s view. In addition, Dey also wrote this article on the harmful impact of Rent Control on affordable housing in California.

A Larger Problem…

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Paul Bradley. Credit: Fosters.com

I think rent control is a symptom of a larger problem.  To my eye, these stories are always about both sides doubling down politically and legally,Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROCUSA) told MHProNews.

I would like to think there are alternatives that don’t rely on third-party boards and local ordinances.  I approach things with a win/win mindset, and from what I’ve seen; courts and boards seem to satisfy neither party in most cases.  A fundamentally different value proposition and mindset is required to stem the tide of rent control,” said Bradley.

UMH Properties’ president and Sam Landy sees it similarly.

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

The fact is, if we [as community owners] raise our rents too high, we will have no sales and no occupancy,said Landy. No reasonable landlord would do such a thing. Our rents have to make economic sense or we have no business. Therefore, in the long term, there is never a need for rent control.

The Daily Business News will monitor this controversial ballot measure. ##

(Editor’s Note: for a similar, related story featured in a Fox News video, please click here.  Update – WMA’s video and talking points, are linked here.)

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Community Owners, Residents Clash over Measure V

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

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The Humboldt Mobilehome Owner Coalition established a ballot measure, Measure V, that would regulate rent hikes on manufactured home land-lease sites. It aims to prevent a community’s owners from making what the measure’s advocates say are big and/or frequent site rent increases.

The way Measure V would work is manufactured home community owners would be permitted to raise rent once annually, and the increase would be tied to inflation through the Consumer Price Index.

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Under the measure, when a home is sold or transferred, the new residents site fees could only increase five percent higher than the previous residents paid.

If a community owner/operator could raise rents higher to pay for improvements, but must first get written approval from more than 50% of the homeowners/residents. Community owners can also appeal to the county if they feel they aren’t getting a fair return.

Measure V has caught the attention of property owners, who have spent $135,000 to date to fight it.

Opponents see this measure as an “unfair” and “unnecessary” rent control initiative that would hurt a manufactured home community and the availability of affordable housing, rather than help it.

Opponents cite the costs of the bureaucracy needed to administer the law, as well as potential court costs should Measure V pass.  That observation dovetails with a similar one made by UMH Properties CEO Sam Landy, JD, linked here.

Community owners also see a decrease in property tax revenues, as part of the fall out if Measure V becomes law.

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The biggest donors to the “No on Measure V” campaign are:

  • Greg Evans, president and general manager of Evans Management Services – $70,000,
  • FollettUSA president and CEO Matt Follett – $35,000,
  • Cisco Systems principal engineer Guntram Wolski – $20,000, and
  • Sea View Estates agent Steven Lester and Western Management owner John Bovone, who donated $5,000 each.

Meanwhile, the Humboldt Mobilehome Owner Coalition says, “As the moms and pops that built our mobile home parks age mattfollett_follettusa-credit-lostcoastpost-manufacturedhomeindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsout, predatory, out-of-town corporate investors have been taking over,” Measure V proponents said in their ballot argument.

That group believes that Measure V will protect vulnerable residents, seniors in particular, from being exploited by corporate park owners. The coalition’s thinking is manufactured homeowners live on limited incomes and their equity is tied up in the home itself, which makes them, “captive renters.”

Once rent control is adopted, politicians will – by the tenants’ votes – be giving the landlord’s property to the tenants,” said UMH’s Landy. “It happens all the time.”

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Henry Hazlitt, an American journalist who wrote about business and economics, credit Wikipedia.

Daily Business News recently weighed both sides of another rent control argument, including a download from Henry Hazlitt arguing that rent control creates a long term harm, in a story found here.

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Sheila Dey.

Rent Control is the Wrong Prescription for California’s Housing Crisis, says Sheila Dey, Executive Director of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association. MHProNews will continue to track this developing story. ##

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