California City Council Ends Rent Control in Land Lease Communities

Following up on a story from May 3, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Oceanside California City Council voted 5-3 during a contentious three-hour meeting to phase out rent control for the residents of factory-built homes. The new ruling will only affect new residents to the communities, not current ones. A record 160 people asked to speak at the meeting attended by an overflow crowd of 550 people in the council chambers and outside lobby, as adjacent rooms were opened to accommodate all the attendees. The current ordinance allows for annual increased rents based on the rise in the consumer price index, but community owners say that’s not sufficient to maintain the property values. Opponents decried the loss, especially for veterans, the disabled, and seniors on fixed incomes. Several speakers said they would exact their revenge at the ballot box.

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