Apache Junction mobile home residents caught off guard by surge in rents

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) — Some people living in Apache Junction now have to pay almost triple their rent or are forced to move. They say they were caught off guard when their property management company mailed them a notice. “I wanted to retire this year. I can’t do it now. I can’t retire,” tenant Zane Proctor said.

Proctor lived in his mobile home with his wife, children and dogs for years. He says he and his neighbors pay between three and six hundred dollars a month in rent. “Everybody’s been in this park for 10 to 20 years,” Proctor said.

He and his neighbors recently received a letter in the mail. It says, “The new monthly rent will be $1000+, and if you agree, we can sign a new lease, or you can vacate this property via this 30-day notice.” It also says: “The change will come into effect on October 1.”

The tenants say they received this letter last week. That leaves them a little over a month to make a decision. “Everybody was really upset about it because everybody was caught off guard,” Proctor said.

“I don’t know what the reason was behind that,” said fellow tenant David Godsey. We too wanted answers. Why is the rent going up so much? Why did these tenants receive such short notice?

The letter was sent by Lemon Holdings LLC. We showed up at their door after trying to reach them by phone and email. Yet no one answered. “It’s like these guys don’t care,” Godsey said.

According to Zumper, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Apache Junction is $1,195. These tenants say they know that their current rent is quite low; they just wish they had more time to make arrangements. “We really want to get out of here,” Godsey said. “But doing this when we were trying to move forward so we could actually move, it hurts. It’s wrong.”

Arizona’s Family will continue to contact the property management company. The tenants say they also asked their questions and complaints and could not reach anyone. “They come in, buy property and make it all up and it makes life difficult for normal, average people,” Proctor said. ” I do not know what to do. I do not know where to go.

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