In Ventura County, any mobile home currently under rent control is threatened by a loophole in state law that nullifies every rent control space in a park where just one lot is sold to a renter. There is currently legislation in Sacramento to close this loophole and protect mobile home owners (SB900 and AB1542). They are both in committee.
Another threat to mobile home renters arises from the increased cost of land in the county. Park owners are tempted to sell their mobile home land and allow it to be converted for other uses. When parks are sold, the mobile home often loses its value, except for small relocation reimbursement. The renters lose much of their equity.
Additionally, cities like Oxnard that have numerous mobile home parks reduce the number of affordable homes in the city. This is such a threat in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that moratoriums have been passed by the counties to stop mobile home park conversion. Ventura County has not taken any action to stop park conversions.
I urge anyone impacted by these threats to contact Ventura County supervisors requesting they consider a moratorium on park conversion and also state legislators to support SB900 and AB1542 and close the one lot sale loophole.
— Eileen Tracy, Oxnard