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By Allison Jarrell

After filing a petition to the city opposing a rent increase, a group of residents living in El Nido Mobile Estates in San Juan will take the issue up with their landlord during a city hearing on Aug. 17 and 18. Attorney Michael Roush was appointed as the hearing officer by the City Council in July. Roush is tasked with determining whether the rent hike exceeds the maximum allowable increase, and then making a recommendation to City Council.

In May, El Nido residents turned to the city for answers following a notification from their property owner of a $641 rent increase—which would double rent for some residents—beginning Sept. 1. Located off of Ortega Highway, El Nido consists of 156 units for seniors, with rent ranging from $550 to $1,150.

Attorney Robert Coldren, representing El Nido owner Richard Worley, told The Dispatch in May that the notice of rent increase is not in conflict with city code. Coldren said residents are not going to be evicted if they can’t pay the rent, so long as the city and residents do not sue, harass or otherwise treat Worley unfairly.

The hearings, which are open to the public, will be held in the City Council chambers at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. Monday’s hearing begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The hearing on Tuesday will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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