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Luxury Mobile-Home Parks Don’t Need Rent Control

Ilya Shapiro –
October 7, 2013

In this posting at CATO @ Liberty, the author writes that Contempo Marin isn’t your stereotypical mobile-home park. The park sits two miles from San Francisco Bay and offers tenants a pool, spa, clubhouse, and lagoon. Because of the location and amenities, these mobile homes—some of which offer vaulted ceilings, gas fireplaces, walk-in closets, and jetted tubs—can sell for over $300,000. That’s what makes the rent- and vacancy-control ordinance imposed on the park by the City of San Rafael in the name of “affordable housing” so outrageous.

The issue is to be decided by the courts.  The 9th Curcuit Court held in favor of rent control as "reasonable."  But, the Supreme Court will decide whether to take the case of MHC Financing LP v. City of San Rafael later this year.