Despite having a reputation for sprawl, rent in San Jose increased at a higher rate than anywhere else in the nation, according to a city memo distributed Tuesday.
“As of December 2011, San Jose rents have increased almost 11 percent year over year,” writes Leslye Corsiglia, San Jose’s director of housing. “Over the last six months, the City’s Rental Rights and Referrals Program (RRRP) has seen a large increase in the number of residents calling to report significant increases in their rents, some as high as 40 percent.”
Many of the people targeted by rent hikes include mobilehome owners who rent land for their homes. There are two cases in recent months that raised concerns. On Feb. 27, the owners of Colonial Mobile Manor Mobilehome Park filed a petition with the city’s RRRP to increase the rent of mobile home owners by $114, which is in the range of 11-28 percent depending on each resident’s plot of land.
According to Corsiglia’s memo, a 3 percent increase is the highest allowable under the city’s ordinance, which doesn’t apply to all apartment housing.
The attempt to increase mobile home rents appears to be a relatively new trend. Last November, the owners of Oakcrest Mobilehome Park filed a petition to raise space rents by approximately $200 a month, or an increase of 20-30 percent depending on the original monthly space rent.
“Prior to these two petitions,” Corsiglia writes, “the city had not received a request to raise rents by a mobilehome park owner in over 10 years.”
Last week, Milpitas’ City Council voted to deny a rent increase on mobile home owners.