By Jarryd Gonzales, WMA's Regional Representative for the Central Valley/Coastal/Los Angeles Area
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While the notion of a moratorium on rent increases for mobilehome parks was floated in February by Supervisor Janice Hahn, what prompted the immediate action is the Tenant Protections Study the County is conducting for apartments. In early August, the Board will vote on a moratorium that places a 3% cap on rent increases for apartments while the study is completed. Following suit, the county will extend its unfounded policies on mobilehome parks. A nearly identical moratorium for mobilehome parks is expected to be placed on the August 14 agenda.
Here is language of the interim ordinance:
This Board Letter recommends adoption of an interim urgency ordinance to impose a moratorium that would limit mobilehome space rent increases. This ordinance would take effect immediately upon adoption and would prohibit rent increases of 3% or more per year for 180 days and would apply to all mobilehome park spaces that are leased for a period of 12 months or less and located in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The proposed ordinance also provides that mobilehome park owners and mobilehome residents may petition the County to address issues related to enforcement of the ordinance. The ordinance would remain in effect for 180 days, unless extended or replaced with a mobilehome rent regulation ordinance.
The fight to remain rent control free in unincorporated Los Angeles County continues. In the next few weeks, WMA has scheduled meetings with the offices of Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas, Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl. Also, we are working with the County to organize meetings with parkowners to help tell our story and provide further evidence that rent control is a failed policy solution for a problem that doesn't exist.