Pico Rivera gives final approval to mobile home park rent control law – Whittier Daily News
In another split vote after heated debate, Pico Rivera City Council on Tuesday (Jan. 11) gave final approval to a rent control ordinance for the city’s six mobile home parks.
The order, which will take effect on February 10, will limit rent increases to no more than 3% and bring them back to October 13, 2020 levels.
The ordinance will also create a registry of mobile home park space and set a base rent. It would also establish a process for owners of mobile home parks to petition and demonstrate to the city that the annual rent increase does not provide a reasonable return on their investment.
The ordinance, approved on the same 3-2 vote as first reading in December, will affect only about 250 of the city’s 405 mobile home owners.
Under state law, the law only applies to mobile home owners on monthly leases or if the lease was entered into on or after February 13, 2022. The rest will have to wait until Jan. 1, 2025 when the city proposed the law would go into effect.
“This is a real win for our community,” said Councilman Andrew Lara, who along with Mayor Monica Sanchez and Councilman Gustavo Camacho voted for the ordinance.
“This is a big win for those residents who are really living paycheck to paycheck,” Lara said. “It’s about empathy and compassion.”
Councilman Raul Elias, who teaches economics at El Rancho High School, opposed the ordinance, saying rent control will negatively impact the city.
“Rent control leads to a depreciation of housing supply and also of quality,” Elias said.
“It’s an economic principle,” he said. “In a situation like ours, a young city in search of development, we will create an impact in terms of future development but also in terms of land values.
Councilman Gustavo Camacho said Camacho’s economic principles do not apply to mobile home parks.
“There is no future in mobile home parks,” Camacho said. “We don’t expect any new mobile home parks.”
Councilman Erik Lutz, who cast the other no, said he was concerned about the cost of administering the ordinance.
City Manager Steve Carmona said at one point he thought the cost could be as high as $300,000, but now hopes Los Angeles County might be willing to do it for the city as part of its own. mobile home park rent control program.
Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Western Manufactured Housing Association, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the measure would have an “unfortunate and unnecessary outcome.”
“This will have unintended consequences for mobile home park owners, taxpayers and mobile home residents,” Gonzales said.
“The reality is that with the 3% limit, park owners won’t be inclined to invest in their parks and maintain them because they won’t have the funds to make improvements,” he said. declared.
Gonzales also predicted the city would have to shell out big bucks to administer the new law.
Maria Aguilar Rios, who lives in Westland Estates, praised the council for its action in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Although Rios is among those living on a long-term tenancy – so the new law does not apply to her – she said the council’s action would help a lot of people.
“It gives us hope, it gives us peace, especially for the elderly,” she said. “They’re excited to know how much their rent will go up, which is 3%.”
While the new law won’t affect it now, it will in 2025, Rios said.
Rents at mobile home parks range from $900 to $1,500, Rios said.
Residents have complained about rising rents, housing costs, and maintenance and safety issues, City Manager Steve Carmona said in a November 2021 staff report.