Owner's Financial Woes Lead To Evictions At Mobile Home Park
Posted September 22, 2006 10:37 a.m. EDT
LOUISBURG, N.C. — Montgomery Mobile Estates is a place with modest homes for modest incomes. So, when about a quarter of the residents got a note on the door telling them they had to be out by next week, it came as a shock to them.
"I just busted out in tears, because I have three kids and I can't just jump up and go," said resident Mosheco Williams.
A letter from park owner David Mount blames the evictions on steep fines from ongoing water and sewer problems.
"I'm upset because it's not giving me time to get myself together on this," said Williams.
The letter tells people to remove their trailers from the property.
"Some of these people don't have nowhere to go," said resident Richard Taylor. "They live from paycheck to paycheck. They don't have $1,200 to get a trailer moved and get it wired and everything."
Officials at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health said under state law, Mount must test for contaminants in the water every three months. Mount failed to do that for an entire year.
The state has given Mount until Sept. 30 to test the water or pay the penalty. When WRAL spoke to Mount over the phone, he said he's not generating enough money to pay for the testing and feels bad for the tenants.
But the families caught in the middle said it's unfair. They have a little more than a week to move because of a problem that's been going on for years.
"The way everything is just going on, it hurts," said Williams.
By evicting some people from the park, state leaders said the park will be small enough to avoid the strict testing guidelines.