Lindaslegal

Comments by Lindaslegal

Mobile home parks give big to San Diego Democratic Party which in turn gives $20,000 to Mayor Filner

These tactics by park owners are happening state-wide. Billionaire corporate park owners are trying every possible tactic to eliminate rent control so they can raise rents for the space the home sits on, in some cities to as much as $5,000 to force the homeowners out of the homes they OWN. The 9th Circuit Court in Guggenheim v. City of Goleta found that BOTH parties are property owners (homes built in 1980 & after pay PROPERTY TAXES like every other homeowner) and these are contracts between 2 property owners. To alter the contract in favor of park owners AFTER the fact would be a "windfall to park owners" and a "disaster for homeowners." The majority of these homeowners are senior citizens living on fixed incomes, retired veterans and disabled persons. This is the largest segment of affordable housing in California. These homeowners are living independently within their means. To force them out puts them on public assistance & there's a 9 to 12-yr. waiting list in California. $50,000 for a home that can cost in excess of $100,000 plus the costs and stress of lengthy litigation is not enough for homeowners to buy another home elsewhere. If park owners didn't want to comply with state and local laws, they should not have entered into these businesses in the first place. We need to pass legislation to protect our seniors and preserve this housing, especially with thousands of baby boomers creating a greater need for affordable housing.
— May 3, 2013 9:45 a.m.

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