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Apartments on wheels: RVs, box trucks rented to LA’s homeless

One politician is calling for a ban on the practice.
November 30, 2017 09:19AM

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Some Los Angeles residents are renting out RVs and box trucks to the city’s less fortunate for as little as $10 a day — but the practice isn’t sitting well with certain city officials.

City Council member Mitchell Englander is calling for the prohibition and/or regulation of vehicles being used as residences, Curbed reported. He said it’s “creating a dangerous environment” for the residents of the vehicles because the city doesn’t regulate their living conditions.

“A traditional landlord must comply with all city building codes,” Englander stated in a motion submitted to the City Council. “Vehicles more often than not don’t have running water, a reliable source of power, and often lack a source for heating and/or cooling.”

The RVs can cost anywhere from $10 a day to $1,000 per month, while box truck rent for $500 a day, KPCC reported earlier this week. Last year, the City Council approved a temporary ordinance that banned people from sleeping in their cars overnight in residential areas.

[KPCC and Curbed]Kathryn Brenzel