MONROVIA — A Pasadena Superior Court judge last week granted tenants of the Park Santa Anita mobile home park a temporary reprieve from a rent hike.
Rents currently range from $180 to $250 a month, according to Barbara Daly, secretary for the tenants association. The new rate, which was to have become effective Wednesday, would have been $350 for tenants of the 38 mobile homes.
Judge Robert Olsen issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday, a lawyer for the tenants said, after agreeing with him that the owners had raised rents before completing a report for the city on the impact closing the park would have on tenants. Olsen set a hearing for May 19 to determine if a temporary injunction, which would prohibit the park owners from raising rents, should be issued.
The proposed increase comes in the midst of a legal battle between the park owners and the city.
Because the park's owners plan to close the park, they are required to give the city a report on the impact on tenants. The City Council in February rejected an initial report as inadequate and adopted an ordinance detailing compensation packages for displaced tenants.