14Aug

County Pursues Limiting Rent Increases at LA County Mobile Home Parks

Los Angeles, CA- Today, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve a motion pursuing a temporary rent stabilization ordinance at mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The move is part of Supervisor Hahn’s ongoing effort to enact long-term rent stabilization measures at mobile home parks.

“Mobile home residents are in a uniquely difficult situation,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “While they own their home, they rent the land underneath it.  In addition, the term ‘mobile home’ is misleading. Mobile homes are often placed permanently in a park and moving them is difficult and expensive. This gives mobile home park owners a virtual monopoly and gives residents few options if they cannot afford rent hikes or fees. Mobile home owners are often forced to sell their homes to their landlords for substantially less than their value because moving the home would be cost-prohibitive.”

Supervisor Hahn originally proposed pursuing rent stabilization at mobile home parks in February. While a long-term mobile home rent stabilization ordinance will be considered in the fall, Supervisor Hahn worried park owners may raise rents in anticipation of the long-term ordinance and understood the need to implement an interim ordinance.
“As we consider a long-term rent stabilization ordinance, mobile home residents are worried that park owners will raise rents in anticipation of the County’s possible action,” said Supervisor Hahn. “We have to step in and protect these residents in the meantime.”

Today the Board approved a recommendation to adopt an interim ordinance to impose a 180-day moratorium on rent increases in excess of three percent per year for mobile home spaces that are leased for a period of 12 months or less in all mobile home parks in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.  The motion was originally written as an “urgency” ordinance which would have been effective today but it did not have the necessary four votes for the item to pass. The item was amended to make it a non-urgency ordinance. The ordinance will not be effective today and will be heard a second time on September 4. The motion passed with three votes.

“Mobile home parks are really the last bastion of affordable housing here in LA County,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “If the County ever wants to address the homelessness crisis we are going to have to prevent residents from falling into homelessness. This is an opportunity to do just that.”

The ordinance will apply to the 86 mobile home parks in unincorporated LA County which include a total of 8,503 mobile home units.  1,381 of these units are in the Fourth District represented by Supervisor Janice Hahn.