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Wed May 29, 2019, 08:39 AM

 

( Justice Fighter ) Sen. Warren intervenes in North Liberty mobile home dispute over rent spike

Aimee Breaux, Iowa City Press-Citizen Published 5:20 p.m. CT May 28, 2019 | Updated 7:03 p.m. CT May 28, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren weighed in on a local dispute between residents of a North Liberty mobile home park and a new out-of-state landlord imposing rent hikes of up to 58%.

The presidential hopeful and Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack, sent a letter to Havenpark Capital Tuesday. The company acquired Golfview Mobile Home Court in March. Upon hearing news of their rent increasing, residents formed an association to advocate against what they call price gouging.

Warren's letter cited reports of residents having to choose between basic necessities and abandoning their homes after investment firms, like Havenpark, have purchased manufactured housing communities, like the one in North Liberty.

It was one of several notes on Congress of the United States letterhead sent to various investment firms who own mobile homes across the nation. The senator posed the same list of questions, including “what was the rationale for those rent increases?” and a derivative of “how many manufactured homes have been abandoned since Havenpark Capital took over the community?”

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2019/05/28/sen-elizabeth-warren-intervenes-north-liberty-mobile-home-dispute/1257710001/
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BeckyDem May 2019 OP
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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:43 AM

1. Awesome! I used to live in North Liberty, and know exactly where this

 

park is. I'm also aware of how lots of these parks become acquisitions of new management groups, who go ahead and raise rents by ridiculous amounts. These places are the last vestiges of "affordable housing" outside of urban areas, and "affordability" is essential to so many working people.
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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #1)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:44 AM

2. Thank you for adding that info!

 

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #1)

Wed May 29, 2019, 09:14 AM

3. John Oliver did a piece on what you are talking about

 

Not that park, but about similar parks
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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 09:16 AM

4. Why the hell don't more people from within the state invest or buy properties in their state?

 

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #4)

Wed May 29, 2019, 09:23 AM

5. They get outbid by large companies

 

from out of state. Deeper pockets.
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