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Council To Discuss Local Park Problems
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Riverbank City Council is due to explore some options Monday on what to do about rocketing rents in at least one mobile home park in the city.

The council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month in chambers at 6707 Third St. starting at 7 p.m.

Tenants of Quail Meadows mobile home park complained to council at its last meeting about a rent that owner Equity Life Styles has now raised to $711 per month when most of the park's residents are elderly and living on fixed incomes.

"We will look at everything from keeping the status quo to rent control," City Manager Rich Holmer commented. "We can even look at the city buying land and building its own park."

Staff observed Modesto has voted for a rent control ordinance with the proviso that park owners who agree to a less onerous memorandum of agreement will not be affected by rent control. Nine of the 10 park owners there have signed with the exception of Equity Life Styles, he said.

Holmer added the amount of maintenance could account for some differences in rents but he could not reconcile the $274 rent charged in a Turlock mobile home park with the $711 being required at Riverbank's Quail Meadows.