Law to Aid Mobile Home Tenants on Rent Passes

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at heading off potentially large rent increases for some mobile home tenants.

The council acted after several tenants at a mobile home park in Sylmar told council members Friday that they feared the increases because a recent state Court of Appeal ruling removed them from the protection of the city's rent control law.

The court ruled in September that because of ambiguous language in the city's 1979 rent control law, the ordinance does not apply to mobile homes installed after Oct. 1, 1978. The new ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, clarifies the ambiguity and retroactively reinstates the coverage.

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