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Mobile home residents continue fight

Panel to tackle home rent increase again

Posted: December 15, 2008 9:00 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 

Concerns over a proposed $37 monthly rent increase at a local mobile park come before the city's Manufactured Home Rental Adjustment Panel on Wednesday.

Pacific Mobile Management/Cal-Am Properties, Inc., issued a proposed rent increase at Parklane Mobile Estates in September.

The 5.7 percent increase, effective January 1, would raise monthly rates for the 404 Canyon Country mobile home park spaces from $649.10 to $686.10, according to Santa Clarita documents.

City officials consider the rent increase to be "reasonable," according to a city ordinance established in 1991.

A rent adjustment is acceptable if there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index, a rise in the cost of government-required services and an increase in utility costs.

However, hundreds of Parklane residents generated a petition for the denial of the rent hike because of financial hardships.

The panel, made up of five elected representatives of mobile home residents and owners, will also vote on whether to adopt the final resolutions for the 2009 rent increases for Greenbrier Estates Mobile Home Park and Cordova Estates Mobile Home Park.

During the panel's Dec. 3 meeting, hundreds of residents from the two Canyon Country mobile home parks gathered at City Hall to voice their concerns over rent hikes.

Many of the speakers were senior citizens living on fixed incomes who fear that a high rent would leave them homeless.

The management company defended the rent hike, citing increased expenses.

The panel meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard.

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