Many local residents will be financially impacted if California Assembly Bill AB 317, which would alter rent control in mobile home parks, passes the state Senate this year.
The bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 44 to 22. It is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed for a vote by the Senate in May or June. Assemblymember Julia Brownley, representing the 41st Assembly that includes Malibu, voted against this bill. The members of the Malibu City Council to oppose this bill last month.
It’s time to send letters to the Judiciary Committee members and state Senators to voice your opinion.
Many residents who own mobile homes in and would be impacted if this bill becomes law. The bill would end rent control for homeowners in a mobile home park that also own any other property. The full text of AB 317 can be read online.
The Mobile Home Residency Law, the existing law, governs tenancies in mobilehome parks, and imposes various fees on the owners of mobile home parks and the representatives who act on their behalf. The City of Malibu has a rent stabilization ordinance. It’s a regulation, better known as rent control. It offers rent protection to the individual mobile home owners.
According to Around the Capital, AB317 targets mobile home owners who also own other property by requiring management to identify the owners and give them 90 days notice of any change in rent.
AB 317 would either force residents to divest themselves of all real property they have an interest in, or force them out of their park spaces due to increased rent. For example, under current law, a retiree who downsized to a mobile home but rents out their former home rather than sell at a loss would now be forced to sell the other property at a loss, face a huge space rent increase, or move out of the park.
As a real estate professional, I strongly support private property rights. Those rights are best protected when government regulations don’t restrict what owners can do with their property. Rights are also restricted when regulations are placed on others. In this case, a law could cause financial harm to those that have invested in mobile homes as their source for housing for retirement or their purchase to serve as an investment in their future.
Legislators can be influenced. In our legislative process, it is the people of this state that can make the difference. The people’s voices need to be heard loud and clear. I encourage all to speak up and out now, don’t wait till the law passes.
Beverly Taki is a California-licensed real estate broker who has represented clients in Malibu for 22 years. She is a Malibu resident and president/broker of . Taki has earned a certificate in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, specializing in mediation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-456-4843. Her website is beverlytaki.com.