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Inadequate Sewer System Forces People Out of Trailer Park
LANCASTER (Jen French)People in a mobile home park are getting evicted from their homes because of a sewer problem. Those who cant afford to move are selling their trailers for scrap.
The Ohio EPA says the Hillview Mobile Home Village in Lancaster has an inadequate system.
Kelly Rawlins and her nearly two dozen neighbors got an eviction notice from their landlord, Mark Anthony, a month ago. Anthony tells ABC 6/FOX 28 he offered to fix the system, but the EPA didnt approve of his cheaper method. Now Anthony is closing the park and forcing his tenants to leave before September 1st.
Rawlins and her spouse Bill spent the weekend packing their things. The two have five cats and two kittens. Shes worried her pets have nowhere to go.
"I'm losing my home and then I started panicking about the cats, Rawlins said.
According to court records, sewer issues have been reported at two other properties Anthony owns.
Rawlins said it can cost upwards of $4,000 to move a trailer. She cant afford to move her home, so shes leaving it behind and moving into a campground with her husband. Some of her neighbors are tearing their trailers apart and selling them for scrap.
"When you're on a fixed income you cannot just pick up and go somewhere, She said.
In the State of Ohio, when trailers are abandoned, the landowner obtains ownership after 14 days.