From our private database of 28,500+ case briefs...
Yee v. City of Escondido
United States Supreme Court
503 U.S. 519 (1992)
California enacted the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL), which limited trailer-park owners’ ability to evict their tenants. Typically, a park owner leased space on her property to the owner of a mobile home. Thus the park owner owns the land, the mobile-home owner owns the structure, and the two are landlord and tenant. If the tenant sold the mobile home, the MRL prohibited the landlord from requiring the mobile home, upon its sale, to be removed from his land. The landlord also could not charge a fee for the sale nor refuse to lease to a mobile-home buyer who is able to pay rent for the park space. However, the MRL allowed park owners to evict their tenants if, among other things, the owners wanted to change the use of the land. In 1988, the City of Escondido (defendant) enacted rent control laws that set rent at 1986 levels, which could be increased only if the city council approved. The council would approve any increase that was deemed “fair and reasonable” according to number of nonexclusive, enumerated factors. Yee (plaintiff), a trailer-park owner, challenged the rent control law in San Diego County Superior Court as constituting a taking. Eleven other park owners filed similar suits; all were dismissed. The twelve plaintiffs’ cases were consolidated for appeal. The California Court of Appeal affirmed, holding that the rent law was not a permanent physical taking of the plaintiffs’ property. The trailer-park owners appealed to the California Supreme Court, which denied review. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 545,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 545,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 28,500 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.