Residents of two neighboring mobile home parks in Clovis have lost their challenge of new fees to pay for road and drainage improvements at the parks.
A hearing officer ruled last week that the parks' owner, Rutherford Investments of Los Gatos, complied with the city's rent control ordinance and that the fees proposed to pay the $863,000 of improvements were justified.
Under the ruling, residents of Campus Corral and Arabian Villa mobile home parks on Villa Avenue will pay $66 per month for five years retroactive to May 1.
Some residents, who previously agreed to pay their $3,414 share in full, will still be allowed to do so.
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An earlier proposal would have allowed residents in the parks' 218 spaces to pay $35 a month for 15 years, but they had to give up rent control on their spaces.
Residents rejected the 15-year plan because they wanted to keep their controlled rents.
The owners and a lawyer for residents are working on new payment options to help residents on fixed incomes, said Greg O'Hagan, a spokesman for Rutherford Investments.
Still, Maryellen Teague, president of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners' League at the parks, said she worries that some residents won't be able to afford the higher costs.
"It's really hard for some of these people," she said. "We were hoping we could get a lesser amount for a longer period."