UkiahDailyJournal reports the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors in north central California unanimously voted down a rent control ordinance that would affect all 60 MHCs in the county. While proponents said it would protect seniors on fixed incomes, opponents said it stifles free enterprise while also noting a study by the Cato Institute showing communities with rent control have lower quality of housing. One MHC was singled out by the commissioners as producing the most complaints about the rise in rent. An MHC owner suggested a county fund to assist low-income individuals. What MHProNews finds most telling is that petitions were received by the board from residents of MHCs opposing rent control.
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