Mobile Home Deposits Barred

October 30, 1991

The County Council agreed Monday to bar mobile home park owners fromretroactively requiring security deposits from residents who have lived in the parks for more than a year.

Most mobile home park residents own their homes but rent the land. Park owners says security deposits are needed to protect them from non-payment of rent and damage to their property.

Residents who agreed to security deposits and subsequent increases in them as a condition of their leases are not covered by the emergency bill, which the council is expected to approve officially Nov. 4.

Emergency legislation differs from regular legislation in that it requires four votes and takes effect immediately. Regular legislation, which requires only three votes, takes effect 60 days after passage.

The bill, sponsored by council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd,is designed to pre-empt plans by owners of Elkridge Mobile Home Parkin Elkridge and Midway Trailer Park in north Laurel to obtain security deposits of $350 from longtime residents by Dec. 1.

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