Rising lot rents squeezing out mobile home park residents
Added 09-13-19 01:03:02pm EST - “Durango resident Dave Bray has lived in the mobile home park on Animas View Drive for more than 30 years, but in the next year he plans to move out of town because of rising lot rent.” - Washingtontimes.com
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DURANGO, Colorado (AP) - Durango resident Dave Bray has lived in the mobile home park on Animas View Drive for more than 30 years, but in the next year he plans to move out of town because of rising lot rent.
“There’s a lot of us that would like to live and die here. . We are getting priced right out of our hometown,” Bray said.
Bray, a handyman, and his wife paid $1,100 per month to the park this summer for lot rent, and some utilities, including water and sewer - almost enough to pay the mortgage on a $200,000 house. But in Durango, where the median home price is almost $500,000, that’s simply not enough to enter the housing market. The Brays plan to leave the park this year in search of a more affordable town, such as Rifle.
Mobile homes are one of the last options for affordable housing in La Plata County. But as lot rents rise - some as much as 50% to 100% during the past few years - even Durango’s middle class is finding it difficult to make ends meet. Some see the rent increases as evidence Durango is losing affordable housing for retirees and middle class residents and becoming more like wealthy resort communities, such as Aspen or Vail.
A full database detailing rent prices for the county’s 45 mobile home parks, which contain about 1,300 homes, is not available.
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