Neighbors threatened with eviction say they shouldn't pay

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 3, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Neighbors at a mobile home park are worried after some got a letter warning of eviction, but they say they couldn't have known they owed money.

"I wasn't behind until this morning," said Susan Scott.

She says her rent was all caught up at Rocky Creek Mobile Home Park, and there's no reason for management to threaten to evict her.

"I'm feeling crushed, devastated, and wondering how am I gonna make ends meet right now," she said.

Her notice doesn't say how much or why she owes money, but some neighbors say rent went up in January $15 a month. They say they never received any paperwork about the increase.

"Nobody got notices, and what happened was, everybody was just bowling up, late fees, late fees and late fees," neighbor Angela Taylor said.

She says most people drop their rent off in a box, but she found out about the increase because she paid her rent in person one month.

She told a manager she didn't know about the increase, and the manager replied that many people didn't seem to know about it.

"I'm thinking, does a billboard have to hit you in the head?" she said.

Now some neighbors are worrying about what they'll do if they're really kicked out.

"Most these people out here...nobody has much money for that. You know, we're getting by," said Taylor.

The eviction warnings also had a letter saying the company that runs the park recently made some changes, so now Scott hopes the new management will realize somebody made a mistake.

"I don't think they know how to manage a trailer park very well," she said.

The company that runs the park, Gulf Atlantic Asset Management, refused to talk to News 12. The new manager said they were too busy talking to people about their evictions.

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  • by Robert Location: Florida on Mar 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    In Florida state law s723 dictates exactly how a mobile home park rent increase is done with or without a Home Owner's Association and noticed to residents. I suggest you visit your state legislature's web site and review the state's mobile home law to learn what your rights are. If you are poor you can try legal aid for help with an eviction or hire a yellow pages eviction lawyer for $50 or $100 because you automatically lose in eviction court without one, beats losing your investment in your home for chump change.
  • by Angie Location: CSRA on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    So sad when management makes changes without letting others know
  • by sherie on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    If the deputy had his information, he did not have to chase him. He already knew where to find thim. My heart goes out to the young lady family. God will see you through
  • by angie Location: raes creek park on Mar 4, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    i allso recieved a noitce of eviction..saying that when i pay my rent for march that it will be used for late fees and not as a march will i ever get caught up if they can do this....they say my late fees go back as far as june of last year...i was short 5.00 $ on my rent because of a rent hike that was giving to me 2 months after i moved in and was charged 75. in late fees....please help me
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