Broomfield mobile home park residents air complaints – broomfield enterprise 9gag instagram

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Anastasia Weatherford in front of her home in the Front Range Manufactured Home Community Broomfield on Thursday. She holds fence that pre-dated the time she moved in the park. She was told to take the fence down or face a $200 charge for the management to do it. ( Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Although she no longer lives in Broomfield, Wilson said she still supports her former neighbors — one of whom is a widow living on her late husband’s Social Security. The resident won’t speak up because she is in fear of retaliation, Wilson said, and is in danger of getting evicted if the owners keep raising rent.

Several other residents, who gave their first names only, aired grievances to city council about enforcing rules on leases they haven’t signed; having their vehicles towed if their tires are hanging a few inches over a parking space, and seeing water bills go up after specifically not watering lawns to test their suspicions they were being overcharged for that utility.

In response to one resident’s claim he was towed for having his truck a few inches off the cement pad, Bove said she cannot speak to specific instances, but that their rules do call that no vehicle hangs over the pad. The park has so strictly enforce, "down to the letter of the law," or things could get dangerous, she said.

Wiebold said the park does have a radar gun and warns residents who are speeding through the park for the safety of the children walking to the nearby school. Bove said no if they do catch repetitive speeders, it is considered a dangerous condition under the park’s rule and those drivers will get formal notices that if they continue they could be evicted.

Ward 2 Councilman Mike Shelton suggested that it is not always a good approach to create regulations around one "bad actor." One suggestion he made was to involve Broomfield’s code compliance team — perhaps citing someone for "wrongfully towing" residents or clarifying who is responsible for tree maintenance.

Mayor Randy Ahrens, who has been in talks for months with Weatherford and other residents, said he was glad council is taking this seriously and trying to figure out how to help. He’s been with the community a long time, and while Broomfield typically doesn’t get involved in landlord/tenant issues, he thinks it is warranted in this case.

Andrea Chiriboga-Flor, transit organizer with 9to5 Colorado, spoke at an April 17 council study session about her experience working with Kingsley Management, the Utah-based company that manages Front Range Mobile Home Community. A nonprofit, 9to5 describes itself as an organization of working women in the United States that is dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda.

Rules listed in those leases cannot be arbitrary, she said, but must serve a purpose to protect the safety and welfare of the community. Her organization is seeing rules requiring mobile home owners to paint their homes a specified color, not letting weeds grow in their garden or having a fence and then using those violations as a basis to evict residents.