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Chico City Council to discuss rent stabilization for senior mobile home parks

Residents showed up in support of rent stabilization at the Jan. 16, 2024 Chico City Council meeting.
Erik Adams
Residents showed up in support of rent stabilization at the Jan. 16, 2024 Chico City Council meeting.

Residents of senior mobile home parks in Chico have another shot at seeing their rents stabilized.

The Chico City Council will discuss this and other items at its meeting tomorrow night.

The issue of rent stabilization has been a hot potato between city departments this year. The city council heard from residents of Pleasant Valley Mobile Estates in January after they received 30% rent increase notices. Although, that hike was later lowered to 10%.

Rent stabilization puts limitations on how much rent can be increased over time.

After a long discussion at January’s meeting, council members voted to send the issue to the city’s internal affairs committee for guidance and recommendations. The issue stalled after not receiving enough support from committee members.

Now, without the advice city council members were hoping for, the issue is back up for discussion.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to clarify how the city uses settlement funds from the Fire Victim Trust.

The city does not want those funds to overlap with or jeopardize other forms of funding it receives.

Counselors will also weigh a proposal that would allow alcohol at private events in the city’s downtown plaza.

Tomorrow’s meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at 421 Main Street in Chico.

Ava is NSPR’s Morning Edition anchor and reporter. They previously worked on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered broadcasts and produced weekly national news stories focused on contextualizing national issues for individual communities. They love NorCal and spending time outdoors.