LANCASTER — The City Council will consider a proposed ordinance at to­night’s meeting to amend the city’s municipal code in re­gard to rent stabilization in mobile home parks in the city.

Under the city’s cur­rent law an aggrieved home­own­er must pursue a vio­la­ting park owner in a court of law.

“This is an expensive proc­ess and deters many home­owners from chal­len­ging the violations. Ad­di­tion­ally, the procedure for im­posing criminal justice pen­alties on offending park owners is similarly ex­pen­sive and time-con­su­ming,” a staff report by City Attorney Allison Burns said.

The proposed ordinance would, in addition to ex­ist­ing civil and criminal rem­edies, allow the city to impose administrative fines and penalties for vio­la­tions of the city’s mobile home park rent control laws rather than have home­owners pursue a vio­la­ting park owner in a court of law.

The proposed amend­ment establishes a $500 civil penalty, or three times the amount of payment de­manded or accepted in excess of the rent which could be lawfully charged pur­suant to the rent sta­bil­ization code, which­ever is greater.

A park owner who vio­lates the city code shall be guil­ty of a misdemeanor pun­ish­able by a fine of not more than $500, or im­pris­onment up to six months, or both fine and im­prisonment.

The penalty for the first administrative cita­tion shall be $500 per month during which the park owner demands or ac­cepts payments of rent in violation of the city code. For a second and any subsequent ad­min­is­tra­tive citation the pen­al­ty shall be $1,500 per month during which the park owner demands or accepts payments of rent in violation of the city code, according to the resolution.

The City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Coun­cil chambers at City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave.

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