MHI Supports Petitioners in Supreme Court Case

Scribd reports that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of petitioners who are appealing a decision in federal court that denied their claim challenging a rent control ordinance in Goleta, California.  Petitioners bought a factory-built community in Goleta and had to abide by an existing rent control ordinance.  MHI claims this constitutes a violation of their Fifth Amendment rights, saying the right to make reasonable use of property is a personal right.  The Ninth U.S. District Court upheld the city’s right to enforce rent control.  MHI further says in a previous court case, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, 533 U.S. 606 (2001), the court ruled that an earlier-enacted property restriction is unconstitutional, and that this legal precedent has not been consistently enforced. The petitioners are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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