Three years ago, the affordable housing crisis hit Mountain View’s mobile home residents. Rents rose precipitously for the city’s tenants, and a ballot measure implementing rent control was passed in November of 2016 to protect Mountain View’s tenants.
But that measure did not help mobile home residents, who were affected more than the City’s apartment tenants. In 2015, mobile home space rents rose between 5 and 10% at Santiago Villa and Sahara Village, two of Mountain View’s largest parks. In 2020 rents are still rising at other parks reporting increases of 12% and more.
At the same time, the manager of those parks raised space rents between 50 and 100% for new mobile homeowners, making it difficult for residents to sell their homes. Park management then purchased homes at artificially low prices from residents who had to leave but had no other options. Then park managers take advantage of the problems they created by replacing the affected homes and renting them at market rates. Those rents peaked at $4500 per month.
Most mobile homeowners have invested heavily in their homes, but their equity declines $10,000 for every $100 rise in space rent. For some of the older homes, that meant some residents may be left with no equity at all.
The Mountain View Mobile Home Alliance was created to protect the City’s 1,130 mobile homeowners and tenants in six different parks. Join us in our efforts in our fight to protect Mountain View’s mobile homeowners from being the primary victims of an out-of-control housing crisis.