California might be about to undermine the best argument it has to attract new business and jobs. A ballot initiative has qualified to eliminate the protections against property tax increases guaranteed by Proposition 13, to the extent applied to business property. The importance of Proposition 13 to job growth in our state has to be better understood: at present, our state’s political leaders appear primed to support this change.
WATSONVILLE — The city of Watsonville is moving forward with new zoning protections for its mobile and manufactured homes, the latest step in an ongoing effort to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing for low-income residents.
Under the new rules, each of Watsonville’s nine mobile home parks would be protected from development unless a special use permit is granted for a narrow range of other high-priority land uses, such as churches, cemeteries, child care centers and schools.
Oceanside plans to better regulate its short-term vacation rentals by hiring a full-time enforcement officer, requiring licenses and annual fees, and streamlining the tax collection process.
The proposal outlined by first-term Councilman Chris Rodriguez got the City Council’s unanimous approval Wednesday, along with the stipulation that details of the program be worked out by city staffers and ready for the council’s consideration in 120 days.
CHICO, Calif. — The Paradise Town Council met in the Chico City Council chambers on Wednesday night, to discuss Paradise’s post-Camp Fire housing shortage.
FEMA may be putting trailers on private property in Paradise, to temporarily solve the housing crisis. Manufactured homes on private parcels already make up 14-percent of single family residences, in Paradise.
But, what FEMA is proposing is slightly different.
After years of bitter back-and-forth with resistant neighbors, the newly elected San Jose City Council pushed ahead with a project to house formerly homeless people southeast of Willow Glen in converted shipping containers.
The council approved a rezoning request that will allow the containers to be placed and turned into 60 permanent supportive housing units on Evans Lane near Canoas Gardens Ave.
The price tag? Some $600,000 per unit, or $2,500 per square foot, according to Rachel VanderVeen, a deputy director in the city’s Housing Department.
It’s been almost 41 years since Proposition 13 passed in 1978, lowering property taxes for every home, apartment building, commercial structure, farm and parking lot in California.
Through almost all that time, the initiative sponsored by longtime anti-tax gadflies Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann remained a sacred cow, a third rail that election officials and candidates of every stripe feared to touch for fear of political electrocution.
SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz City Council took the first step toward reviving recently lapsed landlord eviction limits Tuesday, putting in place temporary rules for up to a year in a 4-3 vote just before midnight.
If the council gives final approval to the interim ordinance with a second vote at a coming meeting, landlords once again will need to ensure they have “just cause” for their tenant evictions. Acceptable eviction reasons range from failure to pay rent to nuisance violations.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says conversations are underway on rent stabilization, after voters rejected a rent control ballot measure last fall.
Newsom spoke Tuesday in San Jose at a roundtable discussion on California’s housing crisis, saying the state is speaking with housing industry groups about possible next steps following the defeat of Proposition 10 in November.
Opponents of rent stabilization at Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park have gathered enough signatures to force the City Council to repeal the new ordinance or put it on the ballot.
Opponents needed to collect 344 valid signatures, equivalent to 10 percent of St. Helena’s registered voters. They submitted 579 signatures, and of the 364 checked by the Napa County Election Division, 345 were confirmed to be valid.
Over strong objections from the owners of Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park, the St. Helena City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would cap rent increases for some of the park’s residents.
Councilmembers Paul Dohring, Geoff Ellsworth and Mary Koberstein voted for the new rent stabilization ordinance, with Mayor Alan Galbraith and Councilmember Peter White voting against it. The ordinance will undergo a few modifications before coming back to the council for final adoption.
Once thought of as a sacred cow, Proposition 13, the tax revolt measure passed in 1978, is now under attack. Schools and Communities First, a coalition of nearly 300 groups and leaders, has qualified an initiative for the Nov. 2020 ballot that would lift caps on property taxes for commercial and industrial properties.
The coalition says that if the initiative is approved, it will reclaim more than $11 billion a year for K-12 schools, community college, cities, counties and special districts that support everything from parks to libraries.
For some of California’s largest real estate investors, the fight over an initiative to expand rent control goes beyond the state’s borders. They’ve opened their wallets to prove it.
Eight of California’s top owners of apartment buildings and their related business entities have donated nearly half of the $74 million raised to defeat Proposition 10, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of state campaign finance data.
Most economists argue that rent control will lead to a reduction in the quality and quantity of housing available. Yet frustration over rising rents seems to be boiling over in California and both sides promote research that they say proves their point.
The Union-Tribune is answering the most common questions about Prop 10 and what it means.
Sacramento’s rent-control wars hit a boil this week. And became incredibly convoluted as well.
A petition drive to stifle rent hikes by landlords got a boost at City Hall, albeit from a not entirely supportive City Council. The same day, a competing proposal, kinder to landlords, written by three council members, saw its first formal hearing. And a business group vowed a lawsuit to kill the petition effort.
By: DONALD WITTMAN and JESSE CUNHAOctober 19, 2018
Soaring rents are a serious problem. Many Californians are paying much more rent than in the past or cannot afford to live where they’d like to. Unfortunately, Proposition 10’s solution — allowing for more rent control — does not fix this problem for the community as a whole. Instead it helps current tenants who decide to stay in their units long term, but hurts future renters and those who might want or need to move.
A rent-controlled apartment in the Bay Area is a coveted find that tenants will hang onto as long as possible. So why is a California ballot measure that would allow cities to expand rent control not just losing here, but trailing by a wider margin than it is statewide?
Coming to an election near you in 2020: the future of Proposition 13, California’s landmark law limiting property taxes.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Monday that an initiative to scale back the protections for commercial and industrial properties is eligible for the November 2020 ballot. The proponents, led by a coalition of civil rights groups and community organizations, could still decide before then not to move forward with the measure.
Facing opposition from the owners of Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park and many of its residents, the St. Helena City Council is moving ahead with a rent stabilization ordinance that would limit rent increases in the park.
An ordinance would cap rent increases for park residents on short-term leases of one year or less. Residents would be able to choose between a short-term lease that would be subject to rent stabilization or a long-term contract that would not.
California voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether government rent controls would make housing more affordable or even more expensive. Controlling rent hikes would help keep tenants under shelter and off the street. At least that’s the theory.
But controls also could drive up rent prices by reducing housing supply in several ways, it’s contended.
In less than five weeks, California voters will decide on Proposition 10, a ballot initiative that would allow cities and counties across the state to expand rent control.
Supporters of the measure say it will offer relief for tenants during a time of unprecedented housing affordability problems in California. Opponents contend it will stymie housing construction — the levels are already low — and further increase costs.
Here’s a rundown of some of the difficulties renters face and how Proposition 10 would affect them and broader affordability issues.
Proposition 10 is a fine example of chasing a disaster with a catastrophe.
The disaster is the housing crisis in California. The escalation of home prices and rents has far outpaced wage growth, helping to give California the nation’s highest poverty rate when adjusted for the cost of living.
The catastrophe is Prop. 10, the “Local Rent Control Initiative.”
But critics of such strict rent control, including most economists, argue it will stymie housing development, worsening the state’s already severe housing shortage. Some landlords, they say, will simply sell their properties if it becomes far less profitable to rent them — as many did in Berkeley and Santa Monica decades ago.
A November ballot initiative that would allow cities to enact strong rent control across California is widely unpopular, even among renters, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll.
Roughly half of likely voters — 48 percent — oppose Proposition 10, according to the poll — the first conducted on the measure. Just 36 percent are in favor and 16 percent are undecided, the poll found.
A fight over rent control has raged for three years in the Silicon Valley suburb of Mountain View with no end in sight.
It began in October 2015, when Mountain View City Council members rejected pleas from tenant activists to limit rent increases. Tenant groups responded with a November 2016 ballot initiative to restrict rent hikes, and council members countered by putting a less stringent proposal before voters.
When California voters get tired of waiting for their politicians to act, they turn to the statewide ballot initiative as their weapon of last resort.
The Sacramento Bee’s readers have been telling us for months through the “Your Voice” feature that the out-of-control cost of housing has become a major concern — if not cause for alarm. So it should be no surprise that when Californians cast their general election ballots this fall, more than one-third of the measures on their ballot are designed to address the need for affordable housing.
This November, Californians will have the chance to go to the polls and vote on a whole slew of issues including who will be selected to lead our state as our next governor, whether to keep or repeal a recently enacted gas tax, or whether it makes sense to keep or eliminate daylight savings. Unfortunately, there is another proposition on the ballot, Proposition 10, that if passed will have profoundly negative effects on California’s economy, our housing industry, including the manufactured housing industry, renters, and apartment owners both large and small.
A majority of the St. Helena City Council wants to continue investigating a rent stabilization ordinance for Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park, an idea that’s sharply dividing park residents.
An ordinance would give Vineyard Valley residents the choice of signing a short-term lease of 12 months or less in which rent increases would be capped or a long-term lease that would not be subject to the ordinance.
SANTA CRUZ >> When mobile-home owners get into a dispute with the park owners from whom they rent their lot, their only real recourse is to hire an attorney and take the property owner to court.
State law gives the residents a number of rights — on paper — but there is no active enforcement and many elderly and low-income residents can’t afford the legal fees to make their case, advocates say. Instead, they are left at risk of negligence or unequal treatment on the part of park owners.
Rent hikes greater than 3 percent will be banned temporarily at mobile home parks in unincorporated Los Angeles County starting in early October, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided.
The county board voted 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to approve on a second reading a six-month moratorium on rent hikes for mobile home spaces, a move designed to protect those residents from preemptive rent hikes while permanent rent control for such housing is under consideration. The measure becomes effective in 30 days.
BY: CAYLYN WRIGHT AND JIM LOFGRENSeptember 03, 2018
For months, the city of Sacramento has been in the throes of a heated debate over the city’s affordable housing problem, its root cause and potential solutions – highlighted by two workshops arranged by the mayor.
At an initial session held Aug. 14, there was general agreement that the root cause is a lack of supply. There also was consensus about the remedy: Build more units, and faster, through new funding sources and incentives to attract private-sector investment.
Manufactured housing is the least expensive type of housing. So, considering the severe shortage of affordable housing in the US, why is the annual production of new manufactured housing so low?
Manufactured housing is 35 to 47 percent cheaper per square foot than new or existing site-built housing, yet the number of manufactured homes shipped each year has gone from averaging 242,000 per year between 1977 and 1993 to just 92,500 units in 2017.
An estimated 5.6 percent of all Americans, or 17.7 million people, live in manufactured homes, commonly referred to as “mobile homes” or “trailers.” Metros located in the South and Southwest have the highest share of households living in mobile homes.
The number of mobile homes and trailer parks in the United States grew rapidly in the 1980s, when the federal government slashed funding for affordable housing. Today, mobile homes are the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the U.S., providing shelter for one in ten households living below the poverty line.
While others walked away from manufactured homes, Don Glisson Jr. stuck around.
He’s seen the industry’s ups and downs in his 36 years working at Triad Financial Services, the third-biggest lender to buyers of factory-made houses in the U.S. The rock-bottom was in the early 2000s, when rival firms were getting fat on subprime loans.
Unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County could see rent control for mobile homes reinstated more than 23 years after county leaders allowed similar restrictions to lapse.
On a 3-1 vote Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors supported a six-month moratorium on rent hikes greater than 3 percent for mobile home spaces. The stop-gap measure is designed to keep park owners from raising rent before a permanent rent control ordinance under review takes effect.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to impose temporary rent caps on mobile homes. The vote comes amid a broader, controversial push to remove barriers to rent control across California in response to rising housing costs.
In a 3-1 vote, supervisors approved temporary caps on so-called space rents — the price park owners charge residents to keep their homes on the premises. The ordinance, which will come back for final approval next month, would be in effect for 180 days and limit rent increases to 3% a year for leases of 12 months and less.
Tenants rights advocates in two Southern California cities missed the deadline to get rent control initiatives on the November ballot, although they still have a shot at the election cycle in 2020, city and elections officials said Friday, Aug. 3.
Santa Ana and Glendale became the fifth and sixth cities in the region to fail to get rent referendums before voters this fall. Initiative drives already failed in four other local cities: Long Beach, Pasadena, Inglewood and Pomona.
Once an overlooked sector in the housing market, manufactured or “mobile” home REITs have become one of Wall Street’s quietest moneymakers.
These communities, often referred to as trailer parks, have evolved beyond the negative stigma that plagued them in the past, with many resembling high-end gated neighborhoods today. The manufactured-home market is benefiting from high demand from residents in search of more affordable workforce housing options.
The City of Chino reached a $1.5 million settlement this month with a mobile home park owner who brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging the council’s actions caused a loss of income by delaying and interfering with plans to convert the park to resident ownership.
The lawsuit, which originally asked for $34 million, was filed in July 2010 by Chino MHC, owner of Lamplighter Chino Mobile Home Park, which is on the northwest corner of Philadelphia Street and Ramona Avenue.
Members of the City Council want the city to conduct more study and public outreach before deciding whether to pursue a rent stabilization ordinance that would affect Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park.
The council told staff to arrange informational meetings at the park and delve into the various legal and technical questions that would be involved in crafting an ordinance to bring rent control to St. Helena’s only mobile home park.
For sale signs are cropping up throughout the Driftwood Mobile Home Park in Westminster since notices starting going out in late June announcing rent increases as high as $300 a month.
For many, that’s an increase of 30 percent to 40 percent, more than many longtime residents at this senior park of tidy, lushly landscaped mobile homes can afford. Many here protest they’re on fixed incomes and will have to move if the increases take effect.
Sacramento faces a serious affordable housing problem. The Bee editorial board calls on the mayor, city council, developers and SEIU-backed tenants’ organizations to set aside their differences and forge a compromise that takes aggressive action (“The mayor has a plan to fix the housing crisis. Now he needs help,” Editorials, July 16).
We agree. That’s why our coalition, Citizens for Affordable Housing, is committed to finding fair and common-sense answers.
SANTA CRUZ >> Expect this fall’s campaign over just cause eviction and rent control in the city of Santa Cruz to be expensive.
The measure would require relocation assistance for tenants evicted without just cause from single-family homes, accessory dwellings and condos as well as apartments built before February 1995 and limit rent increases in apartments built before that date.
Ballot arguments were due July 10 with the city clerk and rebuttals due Friday, with the first campaign finance report due July 31.
The owners of Willits Mobile Home Park and many park residents attended Wednesday’s City Council meeting to make their voices heard about raises in rent, alleged issues with the new management company Boa Vida, and a potential rent stabilization ordinance. There was standing room only at the meeting.
After much discussion, City Council decided not to move forward with implementing a rent stabilization ordinance.
SACRAMENTO — Proponents of a November ballot measure that would let California cities expand rent control say negotiations for a compromise have collapsed and that the issue will now be decided by voters.
The all-or-nothing effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is likely to be one of the costliest fights of the fall election. State lawmakers had hoped to reach a deal in the Legislature that tenant and landlord groups could agree to, but that now seems “highly unlikely,” Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, said Friday.
California voters will decide in November whether to give cities and counties new freedom to expand the use of rent control after an initiative backed by tenant groups earned a spot Friday on this fall’s ballot.
The initiative would repeal a decades-old state law that prevents local governments from passing most new rent control laws.
Bet you didn’t know California has 517,173 mobile homes.
While I was reviewing Census Bureau data on housing, a curious data point popped up: Only three states had more mobile homes than California. But as the nation’s most populous state, it’s another affordable-housing metric where California trails the pack: pre-fabricated homes are a tiny share of our residential-living supply — 3.7 percent vs. 6.6 percent in the rest of the nation.
The crisis caused by the rising cost of housing in California has a solution: Build more housing.
People can debate where or what type of housing should be built, but there can be no doubt that more housing is needed. That’s why it’s so troubling that a measure headed for the November ballot would cause less housing to be built.
SACRAMENTO — “In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city — except for bombing,” opined Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck. He’s right on target given that rent control destroys housing markets because it takes away the incentive to build new apartments, reduces the willingness of landlords to upgrade and maintain their properties, and encourages tenants to squat indefinitely in their below-market units.
The latest turn in the long-running legal feud over a Carson law limiting rent increases at mobile home parks went in the city’s favor with a court ruling that could bolster cities’ abilities to regulate real estate up and down California.
SANTA CRUZ — Many people in the Seabright neighborhood knew about the roiling local debate over rent control even before Zav Hershfield, petition in hand, knocked on their doors.
Canvassers for renter rights have been through parks, neighborhoods and local shopping centers since February in this coastal town, collecting signatures to place a city referendum on the November ballot limiting annual rent increases and make it harder to evict residents.
The Coalition for Responsible Housing shares the dismay of the Sacramento Bee editorial board about the continued failure to meaningfully address California’s housing crisis (“Compromise on housing or face rent control,” April 19).
California voters this year will likely decide whether cities across the state should have more power to enact stronger rent control.
Rent control proponents behind a proposed November ballot initiative that would allow cities and counties to pass strong rent control laws say they now have enough signatures to qualify the measure.
“People understand that rents are out of control, that’s why I think you’re seeing this initiative move forward,” said Damien Goodmon, director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s “Housing is a Human Right” campaign.
SACRAMENTO — A renters’ revolt in California could be heading to the November ballot as a campaign to lift decades-old restrictions on rent control reported Friday it had gathered more than enough signatures to qualify.
Organizers are planning rallies in Sacramento, Oakland and Los Angeles on Monday as they hand in the signatures, which must be counted and verified by election officials before the initiative makes it on the ballot.
After cropping up in the early 2000s, the debate around rent stabilitzation in mobile home parks has resurfaced in El Dorado County.
On Tuesday, at the request of District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, the Board of Supervisors reviewed the possibility of a rent stabilization ordinance, which would restrict the frequency of rent hikes and the amount per increase in mobile home parks within unincorporated areas of the county.
Major changes to Mountain View’s rent control law could go before Mountain View voters this fall.
The political action group Measure V Too Costly filed paperwork on Friday, March 30, for a November ballot initiative that would heavily modify Mountain View’s rent control program. The proposal, dubbed the ”Mountain View Homeowner, Renter, and Taxpayer Protection Initiative,” seeks to curtail most limits on rent increases and create income eligibility requirements for tenants.
Mountain View’s Rental Housing Committee could soon be headed back to the courtroom over a decision to exclude tenants at mobile home parks from the city’s rent control protections.
Earlier this month, an attorney representing two mobile home residents at Santiago Villa issued a demand letter urging the committee to reverse its decision not to extend rent control to Mountain View’s 1,100 mobile homes. If the committee refused, the residents would file a lawsuit to get the action rescinded, said attorney Armen Nercessian of the firm Fenwick & West.
Clipboards in hand, signature-gatherers are fanning out across four Southern California cities this month, turning up at supermarkets and metro stops and apartment complexes to pitch a measure for the November ballot that they say will be salvation for renters.
But for landlords, their pitch is blasphemy.
At issue is whether the cities of Long Beach, Inglewood, Glendale and Pasadena should join a tiny band of California cities that already have rent control and “just cause” eviction laws that prevent landlords from ousting tenants in good standing.
SACRAMENTO - Register Your Mobilehome California, a new state program that provides waivers for past-due registration fees and taxes for mobilehomes and manufactured homes, has saved homeowners more than $500,000 in its first year of operation.
Besides the savings in fees and taxes, homeowners who have taken advantage of the program will also see additional benefits. They are now properly positioned to legally sell or transfer their property, apply for fire and flood insurance, and receive financial assistance and rebates from utility providers.
Delaine Eastin is the only major candidate for California governor to unequivocally support a potential November ballot measure that would allow stronger local rent control laws across the state.
Eastin, a Democrat and former state schools chief, said she supports the outright repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prevents rent control ordinances from applying to housing built after 1995, as well as single-family homes, duplexes and condos.
Residents from the Wagon Wheel and Valley Oaks mobile home parks are mobilizing to address the Willits City Council tonight, asking city officials to adopt a rent stabilization ordinance after an out of the area property management company’s acquisition of the properties led to rent increases and reported intimidation tactics against the elderly and low income tenants last summer.
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.
SACRAMENTO — A ballot initiative to lift California’s statewide restrictions on rent control has hit a key milestone, with 25 percent of the signatures it needs to qualify for the November ballot, the California Secretary of State’s office confirmed.
Organizers vowed to take their fight directly to the voters after a bill to repeal the restrictions died in its first committee hearing this year at a raucous January meeting attended by over 1,000 people on both sides of the contentious issue.
In what they called another step to prevent evictions and homelessness, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to draft an ordinance that, if passed, will control rents from rising at mobile home parks.
The fire-ravaged Journey’s End mobile home park will not reopen, but its owner is seeking to partner with a developer to build an apartment complex on the north Santa Rosa property, residents learned this weekend.
The family that owns the 13.5-acre site at Mendocino Avenue and Fountaingrove Parkway is working with nonprofit Burbank Housing to explore the feasibility of redeveloping the property into a mixture of affordable and market-rate apartments, Burbank chief executive officer Larry Florin said Sunday.
It has been a liberal dream for decades to undo parts or all of Proposition 13, the seminal California initiative limiting the property tax rate.
Is that fight finally coming to the ballot box this fall? A coalition of civil rights and community organizations is expected to begin collecting signatures later this month for a measure to tax commercial properties at market value while leaving in place the Proposition 13 protections for homeowners, a concept known as “split roll.”
After garnering more than 100,000 signatures within the last month, the initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act — a 1995 state law that limits the scope of local rent control ordinances — is likely to appear on November’s ballot.
The Costa-Hawkins Act prohibits cities from establishing rent control on certain units, including single-family dwellings, condominiums and housing built after 1995. It also has a “vacancy decontrol” provision that allows rent to increase after a tenant moves out.
Mobilehome owners across the state are saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars in state fees, penalties, and local taxes through California’s Fee and Tax Waiver Program, developed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The program helps people who purchased a mobilehome or manufactured home but never received the necessary title or registration. The program waives many state and local taxes, fees, and penalties.
Rent control policies could actually be making income inequality worse in gentrifying cities such as San Francisco, a new paper from Stanford University researchers argues.
The working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research says the laws intended to protect certain tenants from rent hikes ended up spiking prices through many other parts of San Francisco. This follows other studies that have shown similar consequences for rent control in cities including Los Angeles, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Abuses of the California Environmental Quality Act are aggravating the state’s housing crisis, according to a recent study by Los Angeles lawyers Holland & Knight.
With more than half of renters and over a third of homeowners with mortgages in California cost-burdened by housing — spending more than 30 percent of household incomes on housing — and many forced to commute long distances to work in order to live in affordable housing, California’s housing crisis has made life difficult even for those with well-paying, professional jobs.
California state law bans local governments from imposing rent control on any new apartment construction. The law — the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act — defines new construction as dwellings with certificates of occupancy issued after Feb. 1, 1995.
Costa-Hawkins also prohibits regulating rents on single-family dwellings and individually owned condominiums and townhouses
Moves to repeal this law have appeared on two fronts: one in the State Assembly, the other as an initiative to place the appeal on the November 2018 ballot.
Bay Area cities are coming to realize what Ramirez already knows — parking tickets won’t solve the problem of finding a place to live. From Oakland to San Jose, officials are struggling to cope with a growing influx of RV dwellers seeking a safe, permanent place for the only homes they can afford.
“We’ve never seen it like this,” said Tom Myers, executive director of Community Services Agency of Mountain View, where the city averages more than three complaints a day about RV communities. “We have to be prepared that this will be the new normal for us. It’s a crisis.”
Proponents of making a dramatic change to California’s landmark Proposition 13 property tax restrictions took their first step to getting a measure on the November 2018 statewide ballot Friday.
The change would allow the state to charge higher property tax rates on commercial and industrial properties, an effort known as “split roll” because existing tax protections on homes would remain in place.
Barely a year old, Mountain View’s experiment with rent control has already faced a withering gauntlet of controversy and legal scuffles. Now it’s being primed for a dramatic expansion.
On Dec. 4, the city’s Rental Housing Commission is scheduled to consider expanding the Mountain View’s restrictions covering apartment rents to encompass the city’s six mobile home parks. The proposal could bring an estimated 1,100 more homes under the aegis of the city’s new tenant protections.
More than 500,000 California families find their path to affordable home ownership through the purchase of a mobile home or manufactured home, but an estimated one-third lack proper title and registration – putting each of those homeowners at risk.
In an effort to encourage all mobile and manufactured homeowners to secure proper title, the state is offering a limited-time program that waives many back fees and taxes.
When you take a right turn off Higuera Street and onto South Street in San Luis Obispo, you’ll quickly come upon the Village Mobile Home Park. What used to be dotted with dozens of 1950s mobile homes and trailers is now being transformed into energy-efficient manufactured homes, mobile homes, and one tiny home.
For $1,100 a month, the 190 square foot house, which is classified as a recreational vehicle, will give a tenant pretty much everything an apartment could, with the addition of a yard and two parking spaces. The only catch, it’s much smaller.
In an effort to try to keep people from being evicted from their homes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to look into restoring an expired ordinance that could control rising rents at mobile home parks.
The motion, authored by supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl will ask county departments to examine the feasibility of such an ordinance, which could affect 102 mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. A report is due back in 60 days.
Los Angeles County officials say rising rents and low vacancy rates aren’t limited to rental apartments— the affordability crisis is now hitting the region’s mobile home parks.
In response, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider initial steps for regulating mobile home plot payments at their meeting Tuesday. A proposal by Supervisor Janet Hahn would instruct the county’s planning department to draft a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks that fall on unincorporated land.
Nearly 21,000 families in the four-county Sacramento region, and about a half-million across California, live in homes that are theoretically mobile.
For many, buying a home that’s up on blocks is one of the last opportunities for single-family homeownership in a state with some of the highest housing costs in the nation.
“If you can buy outright, it’s an affordable option,” said Michelle Hutson, who owns her double-wide mobile home in south Sacramento but rents the land beneath it for less than an apartment might cost.
The subject of reinstating Vallejo’s accidentally repealed mobile home rent control ordinance is expected to come up for discussion at the upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, and it can’t come soon enough for many park residents.
“It has been brought to our attention that mobile home rents are continually going up,” said a letter from the Coalition to the Vallejo Mayor and council. Two local mobile home parks have reportedly raised rents, and one, “sent out a letter on Sept. 30, raising their rents a third time this year alone,” it says.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to prevent landlords from threatening immigrant tenants with deportation, measures he said were part of broader efforts by his administration “to bolster resources and support for the immigrant community.”
One proposal by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would bar landlords from disclosing information about immigration status in order to intimidate, harass or evict tenants without following proper procedures. It also would allow immigrant tenants to file civil claims against their landlords if they do.
Owning residential investment property is always a tricky balancing act. You must offer competitive rents based on the free market. If you price too high, your customer goes elsewhere, and if you price too low, you’ll lose money.
Either way, a misstep is costly and dangerous. Even when done right, the reward is typically smaller than most people would expect. It’s not a business for the faint of heart.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–People who purchased a mobilehome or manufactured home but didn’t receive the necessary title to the property now have a chance to properly register their homes with the new Fee and Tax Waiver Program – and avoid paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars in state and local taxes, fees and penalties.
More than half of California voters say the state’s housing affordability crisis is so bad that they’ve considered moving, and 60 percent of the electorate supports rent control, according to a new statewide poll.
The findings from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies reflect broad concerns Californians have over the soaring cost of living. Amid an unprecedented housing shortage, rents have skyrocketed and tenants have faced mass evictions, especially in desirable areas.
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