The City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance designed to protect mobile home ownership as a means of supporting affordable housing. The ordinance will prohibit a mobile home park owner from requiring a homeowner to move a home at time of sale if the home is “safe and sanitary.” According to the ordinance, a mobile home meets this definition as long as it met a nationally recognized building or construction code or standard in effect at the time of construction. In addition, the unit must pass the equivalent of a rental housing inspection within six months to meet the safe and sanitary criteria. The ordinance is modeled after legislation in effect in Connecticut.
The new ordinance is a response to problems reported by owners of homes in the Vista Village mobile home park, who said that the owner of the park has told them they will have to remove homes built before 1976, when the federal government instituted mobile home standards, if they sell their units. The owner of the park made a last-minute commitment to work with the City on the issue. The Council then opted to pass the ordinance on first reading while the discussion continues; the second reading could be delayed for several months while this happens.