Hoping to protect mobile home owners until the turn of the century, Thousand Oaks City Council members tonight will vote on extending a rent-control law through the fall of 1999.
Most council members have already signaled their support for the measure, which limits yearly rent increases for the city's 980 mobile home owners to slightly below the inflation rate.
Park owners can raise rents to market rate only when a spot becomes vacant--that is, when a mobile home is removed from the park, leaving an empty berth. Landlords cannot raise rents when a new tenant moves into an existing mobile home.
The city's rent stabilization law, first adopted in 1980, is due to expire at the end of October. The council will vote on a five-year extension, after a public hearing starting at 7:30 p.m.
"We need to continue (rent control) to make sure people are not literally thrown out of their homes," Councilman Frank Schillo said. "When you start raising rent on people who have fixed incomes, they're in real trouble."