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Residents will pay more

City panel approves rent increase

Posted: December 4, 2008 9:53 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 

The Manufactured Home Park Rental Adjustment Panel unanimously approved resolutions for rent increases at two local mobile home parks Wednesday despite objections from mobile home residents who crowded City Hall.

The two votes in favor of the 5.7 percent rent increase affect the residents of Cordova Mobile Home Park and Greenbrier Estates Mobile Home Park. Francis Property Management operates both parks, which each include more than 300 spaces.

Nancy Must, a mobile home representative who sits on the panel, recused herself from the vote and spoke on behalf of Francis Property Management.

The city considered the rent increase to be "reasonable" while Must credited the rising cost of expenses as reasons for the rent increase.

More than 20 mobile home park residents, the majority of them senior citizens with limited financial resources, spoke to the panel, asking for a reduction or elimination of the rent hike.

Many believe the higher rents will leave them homeless or unable to afford other necessities.

"I think the economic pressures that everyone is facing now fed into more attendance and the appeal itself," said Erin Moore-Lay, housing program administrator for the city.

Throughout the meeting, residents expressed anger and frustration that their appeals would be unheard if the rent increase meets the requirements of the 1991 city ordinance to protect mobile home residents while addressing the rights of mobile home park owners.

"The increases before the panel last night were calculated using the method deemed reasonable," Moore-Lay said. "The panel's decision on the appeal must be based on the preponderance of evidence presented."

However, residents have the right to appeal a proposed rent increase, Moore-Lay said.

The panel will hear appeals from the residents of Parklane Mobile Estates on Dec. 17.

The city considers the 5.7 percent rent increase at the 433-space park in Canyon Country to be "reasonable," Moore-Lay said.

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