MIDVALE, Utah – Residents of a Midvale senior mobile home park feel they are being forced off the land by rent increases so the new property owners can build a brand new apartment building, but owners of the property deny such allegations.
Most of the residents at the Applewood Mobile Home Estates have been retired for several years and are living off of retirement funds or Social Security checks–fixed incomes, so when they were notified of two rent increases by their new property owners in the last few months, many felt they were being forced out.
“It’s taking medicine money, it’s taking food money,” resident Shirlene Stoven said. “ It’s a matter of, do I put gas in my car this month or do I buy my medicine? It’s not right.”
Last August, the residents of Applewood Mobile Estates received notice their property management was raising the rent by $89.