Baldwin: Rent control ordinance still...

Baldwin: Rent control ordinance still a long way' off

There are 6 comments on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Aug 6, 2010, titled Baldwin: Rent control ordinance still a long way' off. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

Council member describes Wednesday's vote as a tiny step' Ukiah is one step closer to having a city ordinance that would help temper rent increases for mobile home park tenants after the Ukiah City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday night to support creating one.

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FREEUSA

Jackson St Forest, CA

#1 Aug 6, 2010
Extend rent control to houses,apartments,and even business properties quickly, or the voters will find out you are Communists and vote you out!
Huh

United States

#2 Aug 6, 2010
Uh, didn't rent control get tossed out of the "good ideas" category about 30 years ago?
Koalabear2525

United States

#3 Aug 6, 2010
yes mobile home parks need rent control , all the parks should get together and see what each park is paying . after all you buy your home to stay in and when they raise the rents to the point where you can not stay , you will not even to sell your home for rent space will go up higher . check out some of the bay area mobile home parks rents . should be no more than 3% a year for rent space of what you are paying now . if owners do not like it then sell the park . maybe all the park renters can buy the park and keep the rents down . which ever do not let the park owners sell the ground for something else . check out what you can sell your home today for so if the owners want to sell the ground, have them buy all homes at fare market price .
Blackbeard

Modesto, CA

#4 Aug 7, 2010
Lisa Hillegas, an attorney who represents low-income families and seniors in Ukiah, urged the city to follow Santa Rosa's lead. Hillegas said "residents of mobile home parks" have a "special vulnerability" and are a "captive audience" for park owners.

Are they not mobile homes? Sounds like they need more choices for parking and this will never be the case if rent controls are forced on existing parks. Competion brings down rent, price controls drive up costs and bring down service. Soon enough Lisa Hillegas will be suing the park owners because some issue related to expense control at the parks due to rent control imposed upon their business. The city will be hiring a compliance officer who will then look for other types of housing to subject to rent control in order to increase his budget and authority further justifying the expense of his salary. This is political theater forced on the property owner. The same actors that cry for rent control are the ones who would oppose a new park. If you do not belive me, there is a parcel of land for sale on North State Street of several acres that would be ideal for a new park, go see how planning department reacts to an inquiry to change the zoning and put in a new park. Any new park for that matter.
Blackbeard

Modesto, CA

#5 Aug 7, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
yes mobile home parks need rent control , all the parks should get together and see what each park is paying . after all you buy your home to stay in and when they raise the rents to the point where you can not stay , you will not even to sell your home for rent space will go up higher . check out some of the bay area mobile home parks rents . should be no more than 3% a year for rent space of what you are paying now . if owners do not like it then sell the park . maybe all the park renters can buy the park and keep the rents down . which ever do not let the park owners sell the ground for something else . check out what you can sell your home today for so if the owners want to sell the ground, have them buy all homes at fare market price .
Comrade this is not San Francisco. What would justify uniform rent at all parks when one may have better ammenities and/or a better location? People are free to move if they are not happy with their rental situation. This is the beauty of renting. What seems like a good idea on face value has unintended consequenses over time and will due nothing to improve the availability of affordable housing in the future. My guess is that it will have just the opposite effect causing a tighter market for the people you are trying to help. Yes the existing tenants will benefit but they will never move because of their new subsidy and people who find themselves needing a space to rent will not find one in the existing parks and no one will build a new one.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

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#6 Aug 7, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
yes mobile home parks need rent control , all the parks should get together and see what each park is paying . after all you buy your home to stay in and when they raise the rents to the point where you can not stay , you will not even to sell your home for rent space will go up higher . check out some of the bay area mobile home parks rents . should be no more than 3% a year for rent space of what you are paying now . if owners do not like it then sell the park . maybe all the park renters can buy the park and keep the rents down . which ever do not let the park owners sell the ground for something else . check out what you can sell your home today for so if the owners want to sell the ground, have them buy all homes at fare market price .
If the renters could afford to buy the park they would not be renting in the first place…….

Don’t let the park owner sell??
Are you saying the government should step in and tell a property owner when he can sell his property or not?

If as the landlord I was told that I would simply borrow every dime I could against the property and then let it be foreclosed on and the bank would then bull doze the place…………

The city of Willits tried to do something similar to Clifford Horn that owned the Willits water system.
He told the city to shut up or he would just turn off the water….
The city shut up and bought the system from Cliff and that was that………

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