Letters to the editor
For 20 years I wanted to live at Lake Tahoe. Several years ago, I was shown the Tahoe Verde Mobile Home Park and knew when I retired I would spend the rest of my life at beautiful and peaceful Lake Tahoe. Three years ago, I signed a five-year lease that stated my rent could be increased to a maximum of 5 percent each year. However, I was assured the increases would not be that high. The first year my rent was increased by 5 percent. Since I am on a fixed income, in time this would be a great hardship for me.
I joined the Tahoe Verde Community Council to work with Newport Pacific requesting a maximum 2 percent or 3 percent rent increase each year for all residents. They not only would not make this commitment, but informed us that once our leases expired, they would not be renewed. Some residents have had rent increases above 10 percent.
We requested that the South Lake Tahoe City Council place a rent control ordinance on its agenda. We will be meeting with them on Oct. 2 to present our case.
This ordinance would require Newport Pacific to show just cause for any rent increases; the increases would have to be in line with the Consumer Price Index; and it would require rent increases to be equal for all residents.
If this ordinance does not take place, many of us will need to leave the Lake Tahoe area, moving to where rents are more reasonable, and within our income levels. This would not only be a loss for us, but for the Lake Tahoe economy.
If I need to leave the area, there is a possibility that I would lose my home, if I could not sell it in a reasonable time frame.
South Lake Tahoe
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