One mid-missouri lawmaker wants to give mobile home owners more time before being evicted. As Lindsay Shively reports, this comes too late for some families in Warrenton, Missouri.
That's how Tina Rowe says she and her neighbors at Warrenton's Mobile Inn mobile home park found out they would have to leave their homes . . . a newspaper article describing new construction planned for the place her family had lived for more than two years.
Rowe says about three weeks later, residents were told they had 90 days to move. The law only requires sixty days notice before an eviction.
But Warrenton Representative Mike Sutherland is trying to change that. Sutherland is sponsoring a bill to extend the required notice to 120 days.
He says the bill comes too late to help the residents of Mobile Inn, but it would help other people who face the same problem in the future.
Many older mobile homes can't be moved at all ... and Rowe says moving her mobile home cost her thousands of dollars.
She says her family got help from local charities to pay for the move ... but some residents weren't so lucky ... and some of those families had to abandon their homes.
Ronald Gargus, another Mobile Inn resident, says one of his neighbors sold his trailer for one dollar because he couldn't afford to move it.
Gargus says more notice would give people the time they need to get the money to move their homes.
Sutherland says the extra sixty days takes some of the desperation off while residents try to put together money to move, But Rowe says that for some, time is no help.
The bill sponsored by Sutherland faces no opposition ... but it needs final approval in the House ... and with the end of the legislative session only weeks away, the bill may not get a final vote this year.
From the State Capitol, I'm Lindsay Shively.