Gray Proposes Law

September 22, 1991

County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, said this week he plans to introduce emergency legislation Oct. 7 that would prevent owners of county mobile home parks from requiring security deposits from longtime residents.

Unlike other bills, emergency legislation takeseffect immediately on passage. Gray is trying to beat a Dec. 1 deadline imposed by the management of Elkridge Mobile Home Park in Elkridge and Midway Trailer Park in north Laurel.

The park owners told tenants in a two-paragraph letter July 19 that the security deposits -- the first ever collected from them -- areneeded to offset costs incurred by the parks when residents move out.

Some older tenants, whose only income is a Social Security check, asked Gray for help in overturning the security deposit request.

Gray said it is "crazy" to make security deposits retroactive for tenants who have lived in the parks for decades. "Residents should not have to absorb management expenses when tenants leave," he said.

Most mobile home park residents own their homes but rent their lots.

Gray plans to hold a public hearing on the bill Oct. 21 and bring it up for a vote Nov. 4.

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