The new appeal, filed by attorneys with the firm Fenwick & West, argues that including mobile homes should be perceived as mandatory. They note that the city's own attorneys shared this interpretation and had previously advised the Rental Housing Committee to include mobile homes.
In asking for a new review of the case, attorneys representing mobile home residents emphasize that the city's rental control law takes a broad definition of what is covered, and its language specifically lists what types of housing are excluded — and mobile homes aren't on that list.
While the lawsuit specifically targets the city of Mountain View, it has been opposed aggressively by a coalition of mobile home park owners who stand to take a financial hit if forced to abide by rent control laws. Attorneys representing park owners have pledged to file their own legal challenge if their properties were compelled to abide by Mountain View's rent control ordinance, passed by city voters in 2016 as Measure V.
The appeals case does not yet have a scheduled hearing date.
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