Thursday, May 26, 2011
Oceanside ends 30 years of rent control in its mobile home parks.
Oceanside’s city council changed a policy that maintained rent control for its mobile home parks for the past three decades.
Rent control has kept Oceanside’s mobile homes affordable for more than 2,000 seniors and veterans.
At the third of three packed meetings on the issue, resident Carrie Ford begged the council not to change the law.
“Mobile home parks are the last of the affordable housing,” she said, “ Where else can we go? “
But Councilman Jerry Kern, one of the three person council majority to support the change, said rent control isn’t fair to the mobile home park owners.
“Only 19 cities have an ordinance as restrictive as Oceanside,” he said, “That’s less than 3 percent of the cities in California, so we are an anomaly with this type of rent control.”
The council voted to allow rents to go up when mobile home owners sell their units. The residents pointed out this destroys the re-sale value of their homes.
A campaign is underway to collect signatures from, 7,600 people - 10 percent of all registered voters in the city - to put the issue on the ballot next year. The deadline is June 23rd. If the campaign succeeds, the city could have to spend half a million dollars for a special election.