Thursday, November 3, 2011
Here's a lenghty expose on the largely unregulated housing in California's Coachella Valley. Of particular interest to Property Prof, the article pins a lot of the problems on 1992 Farm Labor Housing Protection Act, an emergency measure that allowed farm owners to build mobile home parks of up to 12 units without obtaining zoning and land use permits. The article states:
Opportunistic landlords swooped in to erect an estimated 400 unpermitted parks, still known as “polancos,” that skirted basic health and safety regulations, including the placement of wells, septic systems and safe electrical wiring. The parks remained largely under the radar until the summer of 1998, when two people died in two different parks – one a teenager who was electrocuted when a fence became energized due to faulty wiring, the other a man electrocuted while working on repairs to his mobile home.