Local residents filled City Council chambers in August for the city’s two-day rent increase hearing. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Local residents filled City Council chambers in August for the city’s two-day rent increase hearing. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

A meeting of the city’s Housing Advisory Committee on Sept. 16 brought another full house to the San Juan Capistrano City Hall, as mobile home residents from across the city gathered to hear the recommendation of the committee to the City Council regarding the recent El Nido Mobile Estates rent hike of $641 a month across the board. The increase more than doubled the rent of some residents effective Sept. 1.

All three Housing Advisory Committee members concurred with the city-appointed hearing officer Michael Roush’s ruling that the mobile home park owner Richard Worley’s rent increase “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 committee’s recommendation to reverse the rent increase will go before the City Council for final review and a vote at a special meeting set for noon on Monday, Oct. 5.

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