Mobile home tenants sue park owner

Residents claim illegal rent increases based on San Mateo County ordinance.
News Story (California)

Samantha Weigel
San Mateo Daily Journal
September 22, 2017

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (California)


Attorneys representing the tenants say the owner of Trailer Villa — where 127 families reside in an unincorporated portion of the county near Redwood City — took advantage of residents by ignoring the law. In 2003, San Mateo County capped rent increases at mobile home parks located within unincorporated areas of the county to 75 percent of the consumer price index but no more than 5 percent. As recently as last week, supervisors have taken additional efforts to preserve this dwindling type of affordable housing.

On Wednesday, eight Trailer Villa residents filed a lawsuit against the park’s owner with support from Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy.