Imperial County may start to look at capping rent for mobile home parks in certain areas of the Valley.
The county Board of Supervisors is set to give direction to staff today on whether to pursue a rent control restriction on mobile home parks in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Mobile home owners in some parks feel that they’ve been hit unfairly multiple times with rent increases, Terrazas said. It’s made it so that some of the people’s mobile homes have become unaffordable.
Today’s meeting is a chance for residents and park owners to come and express their concerns, he said. He expects a bit of a crowd to discuss a possible county ordinance.
There would be several aspects for the county to look at if the Board of Supervisors wants to explore the possible ordinance, Terrazas said. A hearing board would have to be created and decisions would have to be made about what the mobile home rent would be based on, like the consumer-price index or an original baseline.
“There’s different formulas to this thing,” he said. “It’s actually pretty complicated once or if it’s adopted.”
There are several limitations that any proposed ordinance would have to follow, wrote County Counsel Michael Rood in a letter to the board. The ordinance could only cover mobile home parks not within any of the city limits and the ordinance would be subject to some exemptions.
Currently more than 70 cities and counties in California impose rent restrictions, he wrote. Some of those include Riverside County, Los Angeles and Palm Desert.
Staff Writer Elizabeth Varin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-337-3441.
If you go
What Board of Supervisors meeting
When 8:30 a.m. today
Where County Administration Center, 940 Main St., Suite 211, El Centro