17Oct

Supervisor Hahn Proposes Rent Control Ordinance for Mobile Home Parks

Los Angeles, CA– Today, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and coauthored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl which will examine the feasibility of a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

“Mobile home residents are in a difficult and unique situation,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “While they own their homes, they do not own the land underneath it and so-called ‘mobile’ homes are often not mobile at all. This is a population that is particularly vulnerable to rent hikes and it is time the County step in and provide them a level of reasonable protections.”

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.

“We have a critical shortage of affordable rental housing in Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “This proposed rent stabilization program would help protect residents of mobile home parks from unreasonable rent increases while providing park owners with a fair and reasonable return on their investment. Today’s action is one of many steps the County is taking to preserve existing affordable housing and reduce the number of people driven into homelessness by rising rents.”

The motion, which passed unanimously, directs the Director of Regional Planning, County Counsel, and the office of the CEO, to research the feasibility of an ordinance that would protect the owners and residents of mobile homes from unreasonable rent hikes and unfair practices.  Any ordinance would apply to the 102 mobile home parks located in unincorporated Los Angeles County.  The Board will receive a report back on the feasibility of such an ordinance in 60 days.

The photo attached is of mobile home residents who came to the Board of Supervisors Meeting to show their support for Hahn and Kuehl’s motion.  Credit: Martin Zamora