Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to establish rent controls at mobile home parks in unincorporated areas. This was done in a move to try and control the increasing rental costs at some mobile home parks in parts of the Los Angeles County. The approved motion was written by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl and gives county departments six months to amend the county code and cap annual rent increases. At a meeting last month, Hahn stated,
They cannot just pick up and move if given a 30-day notice that their rent will increase. If their rent gets too high for them to afford, they sometimes are forced to sell their mobile home to the mobile home park owner. This gives mobile home park owners an incentive to raise rent.
Kuehl believes the ordinance would help prevent people from becoming homeless. However, Jared Gonzalez, a representative of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association, believes that renters and owners of mobile home parks have had good relationships. There has been no word yet regarding what the cap will be on the annual rent increases at mobile home parks. Hopefully, the motion does lead to preventing people from becoming homeless due to high rental costs.