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Mobile homes could get rent control

Rusted siding, broken windows and rotting, torn-up furniture lay strewn across a five foot patch of dirt considered a front yard.

Although this may sound like the slums in a big city, it’s the state of dilapidation in which most South Lake Tahoe mobile homes exist.

Bettie Thompson, president of the El Dorado County Homeowners’ Coalition, is fed up with slumlords who don’t take care of their property and frequently raise rents. Thompson is taking her complaints to Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting and will be asking for rent control of all mobile home parks in the county.

Thompson, who lives in a mobile home park in Diamond Springs, said 28 other counties in California have already adopted an ordinance for rental stabilization. The ordinance Thompson is advocating will only allow owners to raise the rent on cost of living adjustment on social security.

“Ninety percent of mobile home residents are seniors on fixed incomes,” Thompson said. “Every year, if (owners) just give a $12 or $15 (monthly) increase, it’s a lot when you’re living on $700 a month.”

Ken Rumble, resident manager of Little Truckee Mobile Home Park on Eloise Avenue, said the last time rents were raised at his park was a year ago. Rumble said the rates were raised by $20 a month, with current spaces ranging from $250 to $320. However, he said rates were not raised on a few of the elderly residents who were living on fixed incomes. Rumble said the park gives its residents a 60-day notice before any rent increases go into effect.

Shawna Dillard, a resident at Little Truckee Mobile Home Park, said she would keep abreast of the rent control issue.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Dillard said. “Our rent fluctuates with the overall park.”

Marlene Boudreau, resident manager of Tahoe Verde, said she doesn’t think people who live in more upscale mobile home parks, like hers on Julie Avenue, will like the rent control. She said residents who live in a nice park have to pay the increase in order to keep the roads paved and the flowers planted.

“It won’t help them as much as they think it will,” Boudreau said. “I think people need to do their homework a little bit more.”

Supervisor Dave Solaro said Tuesday’s meeting will be the first time the board will hear this issue.

Breakout Box:

What: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

When: Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Where: 330 Fair Lane, Building A in Placerville

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