Vallejo City Council To Review Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance

Monday, March 12, 2018
John Glidden

The Vallejo City Council on Tuesday will get its first look at proposed amendments to the city’s mobile home rent control ordinance.

Last October, the council reinstated rent and vacancy control in the city’s mobile home parks after the original ordinance was mistakenly repealed in June 2016.

Changes before the council on Tuesday include creation of a five person ad-hoc committee to hear complaints related to the ordinance, and limiting rent increases for new tenants at fair market rents.

The committee will include three members of the city’s Housing & Community Development Commission, a mobile home park owner, and a mobile home tenant.

During the same October meeting, council members directed staff to investigate whether parks had raised rents unreasonably during the 17 months the city didn’t have rent control.

Staff received 20 notices of rent increases with 16 coming from Newell’s Mobile City near Fairgrounds Drive.

It was discovered the park had proposed to increase rents by an average of 31 percent, staff said. The mobile home park rescinded the increases.

The other four notices proposed to increase rents by an average of about 3.2 percent, staff added.

• The council will receive the results of a community opinion survey conducted in February by Fairbank Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3).

The council desired to hear resident’s views on current city services and attitudes. FM3 interviewed 820 residents via online and telephone interviews.

Results of the survey were not available as of Monday.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, inside the Vallejo City Hall Council Chambers, 555 Santa Clara St.

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