By Allison Jarrell
The City Council’s El Nido Mobile Estates Rent Hearing, which was initially scheduled for a special meeting on Oct. 5, is now set for a council meeting on Oct. 26.
The city’s Housing Advisory Committee, which met on Sept. 16, agreed unanimously with city-appointed hearing officer Michael Roush’s August ruling that mobile home park owner Richard Worley’s rent increase of $641 a month “is not proper” and the City Council “should reverse the rent increase to no lower than the maximum allowable increase” under the city’s rent control ordinance. The increase more than doubled the rent of some residents effective Sept. 1.
Following the committee’s September meeting, Worley’s attorneys filed an appeal regarding decisions that were made by the Housing Advisory Committee, which City Attorney Jeff Ballinger said will likely be heard by the City Council separately on Oct. 20.