Fullerton and Anaheim consider options for potential rent caps at mobile home parks

By Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC | Mobile home park residents in Anaheim and Fullerton may see any planned rent increases capped soon as council members consider rent increase relief options after seniors petitioned both city councils in March.

Rancho La PazSeniors living in the Ranch La Paz mobile home park, which straddles Anaheim and Fullerton, packed the two cities’ council chambers March 19 after learning their rents would increase June 1 anywhere from $300 to $400 because of an ownership change and the resulting increase in property tax.

[A number of Rancho La Paz residents who attended the last Fullerton City Council meeting spoke on the issue during public comments; watch the video here.]

Following the Rancho La Paz residents turnout at the council meetings, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, along with Councilmen Trevor O’Neil and Stephen Faessel were able to delay the rent increase to Sept. 1 after meeting with the owner, John Saunders.

Anaheim council members will consider two different ordinances Tuesday aimed at freezing the rent increases after Councilman Jose Moreno scheduled them on the agendas at the last meeting.

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Anaheim officials believe the city has the legal standing to freeze or cap rent increases because it is a charter city. Charter cities typically have more freedom in the types of ordinances that can be passed or how it contracts with businesses.

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While there’s no ordinance scheduled for a vote at the Fullerton meeting Tuesday, council members will discuss the potential of crafting an ordinance and possibly give direction to staff in an effort to help cap mobile home rents in the city.

Meanwhile, in a letter written to Fullerton Mayor Jesus Silva attached to the agenda, Saunders pledged no longtime resident will be forced out of Rancho La Paz mobile home park due to rents.

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