Consumer Watch: Trailer park residents irrate over "no cause" eviction notice

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Posted on July 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:50 PM

This Consumer Watch is an emotional issue for some trailer park residents on the south side of Louisville. Their residency is about to run out when the park closes at the end of the month. Most of them are forced to leave their homes behind.

They were informed on the July 1st that on August 1st the park is closing.

"Where am I going to go? I don't know. I'm going to be right here," says resident Mark Clayton.

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Like a lot of folks at the Regency Mobile Home Park, Mark Clayton is angry at the Churchill Group. That's the Carbondale, Colorado company that owns the property. Sheila Elliot hasn't missed a rent payment in 30 years.

"It's just hit me all at once. I just bought a van and the next thing I know I get a knock at my door I got to move and I don't know where to go," says Elliot.

Sheila's home has been paid for since 1985. Unfortunately, it's too old to transport to another park. Tamlena French paid $3,600 for her home.

"Right now I'm hoping to get in another trailer park but a lot of people won't take them because they're so old," says French.

WHAS11 knocked on the home of the guy who's been managing the property most recently. Bryan Ogle has lived there for 20 years. Ogle says he lost his home and job and he personally delivered eviction notices to the residents.

That 30 day no cause eviction is legal. Ogle also says most of these residents weren't paying their rent. And Regency Management was looking at over a $1-million electric job to get the park up to code.

All along, changing management was wheeling and dealing with residents. In some cases, they gave them homes to earn $320 monthly lot fees. A trade made with a former property manager in an office that no longer exists.

"We live in Louisville, Kentucky and they live out there in Colorado and California and they're throwing us out making us homeless here? It's wrong," says Clayton.

The company is offering $200 to residents who get out on time. The Louisville Legal Aid Society is also looking into resident's complaints but the residents running out of time. The owner of another trailer park told us there were only five homes at Regency worth moving.

If you have a problem you'd like WHAS11 to look into, send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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