The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in October to look into restoring an expired ordinance that could control rising rents at mobile home parks. The motion asked county departments to examine the feasibility of such an ordinance, which could affect 102 mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. One of the authors of the motion, Sheila Kuehl, said she was concerned about senior adults who live in mobile home parks. Supervisor Janice Hahn, the motions other author, stated,
Mobile home residents are in a difficult and unique situation. 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.
Some people that spoke in favor of the motion at a meeting emphasized that if an ordinance is crafted, that their suggestions be taken into consideration. However, mobile home park owners are concerned about what a rent control ordinance would include. At the meeting, Eric Castro, whose family runs a small trailer park, wanted to make sure the board understood the difference between a mobile home park and a trailer park before an ordinance moved forward. We will have to wait and see what the report has to say when it is completed and it is available to the public.