An Oceano mobile home park owner got the go-ahead from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to raise her space rents by $21.95.
Maria Porticos had originally asked for a jump ranging from $85 to $96 per month for all 58 spaces at the Porticos Mobile Home and Garden Park. Current rents range from $259 to $371.
The county’s mobile home rent review board rejected the higher figures at a hearing June 24. That decision was appealed to county supervisors.
The rent review board consists of three elected county officials or their designees — the county clerk-recorder, the auditor controller and the assessor.
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It was created in June 1984 when countywide voters approved a mobile home rent-control ordinance. The ordinance allows rents to be raised just once a year and only by 60 percent of the regional rate of inflation as determined by the U.S. Commerce Department.
If, after that, a mobile home park owner or manager feels they are still not making “a just and reasonable return,” they can apply for an additional increase, known as a “hardship application.” That is what Porticos did.
The rent review board said Porticos qualified for the hardship, but not one as large as she sought.
Using a complex formula, county planning staff arrived at $21.95, which was ratified by the rent review board. The Board of Supervisors upheld that decision Tuesday.
More than 6,500 people live in approximately 2,650 spaces in the mobile home parks in unincorporated areas throughout the county.