Mark D. Alpert

Mark D. Alpert

Of Counsel
Irvine, California

Mark Alpert's practice has focused on the manufactured housing industry.  He has extensive experience representing park owners throughout California on discretionary rent increase applications under rent control, park closures, and park subdivisions/conversions.    He has special expertise in legal issues relating to the protection of property rights threatened or taken by government regulation.

Mark has been successful in obtaining substantial rent increases for park owners all over the state.   He was lead counsel in litigation that led to the elimination of the City of Capitola's rent control ordinance. He has helped park owners obtain permits and entitlements allowing them to get out of the business of operating mobilehome parks under oppressive rent controls.

A few examples from the last few months of 2014 and 2015 are illustrative of Mark's work.  He represented a park owner in the City of Pacifica, California, in obtaining a space rent increase of $211.76 per month.  Mark's client in the City of Fillmore obtained approval of a tentative subdivision map despite the fact that a large majority of residents opposed the conversion.  Mark also represented a major Southern California developer in conjunction with a park closure in the City of Newport Beach, who had approved relocation benefits in the range of approximately $10,000 for single wide homes, up to $17,000 for larger homes.  Mark argued and wrote the briefs in the important Ninth Circuit decision, El Dorado Estates v. City of Fillmore, (9th Cir. Sep. 2, 2014), which affirmed that a park owner could state a claim against a public agency which sought to prevent a conversion out of a concern that the park could become an all age community. 
Mark was appointed as an advisor to Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association’s (WMA) Committee to Save Property Rights in recognition of his expertise.  Mark has also testified before the California state legislature on behalf of WMA regarding legislation of interest to the manufactured housing industry. 

Mark has published numerous industry articles on the subject of rent control, park closures, and property rights, and he has been a regular speaker on the these subjects.