CALHAN, Colo. (KKTV) - Some local neighbors are outraged because they say their rent is doubling and they don't know what to do.
It's happening at the PrairieView Mobile Home Park in Calhan in eastern El Paso County. We are working to find out why.
"I'm extremely frustrated," said Caren Gretzler.
Residents told 11 News they got a notice a couple days ago that reads, "If you wish to stay, you have to pay."
"I can't afford it," said Gloria Kawa.
Residents told us their lot rent jumped from about $250 per month to $540.
"And on top of that, we have to pay $65 for water, $10 for each of these kids on top of that," said Jerry Lovett. "Plus my step-son I have to pay $25 for him to live there, plus an additional $20 water fee. So we're at $650 or so dollars a month, from $258."
"It tripled. It tripled," said Gretzler.
Neighbors said they understand a rent increase, but they won't be able to afford such a big hike.
"I can see a 20 percent increase a year, but really to go up 115 to 125 percent – it's ridiculous," said Lovett.
"The way they're doing this, it's making it to where we can't afford our rent. We can't afford to live here," said another neighbor, who didn't want to use his name.
"I honestly do feel that we are backed against a wall now – we either pay it, or we have to move," he added.
"I just feel terrible," said Gretzler. "I don't want to leave because I want to stay here, but I can't afford that increase."
Some neighbors told us they did not sign a lease, and they have been paying the same amount for years. They said the new changes go into effect next month.
11 News reached out to the management at PrairieView. We are waiting to hear back. We'll let you know what we find out.
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