Belvidere residents speak out after mobile home park no longer includes water bill in rent

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) – Mobile home residents in Belvidere are asking city leaders to rethink a plan that would change their water bills.

We attended the city council meeting on Monday where dozens of residents said it could have a huge impact on their finances. They tell us that a proposed plan would not be fair to those with smaller households.

City officials say the owner of the Four Seasons mobile home park in Belvidere wants to start charging each house for its water use, instead of including the price in his base rent as he has done for years. .

Initially, they planned to bill residents by dividing the water bill for the entire park by the total number of dwellings. Dozens of residents showed up at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting to argue against the proposal.

“I am a two-person household. And there are other houses that have a lot more than what we have. So they’re going to use a lot more water because of the shower, the laundry and other things, ”said a resident.

After hearing feedback from residents, the committee passed a motion to change the city code.
Now all mobile home parks, including Four Seasons, that wish to re-bill their tenants for water
will have to install a meter in each house.

The city’s lawyer said the measure should ensure residents are charged fairly.

“It’s very clear that if a mobile home park wants to resell water and wants to charge their tenants for the water they use, they have to install a meter. This doesn’t just apply to Four Seasons. This applies to any mobile home park in the city of Belvidere, said Belvidere City Prosecutor Michael Drella.

The amendment has yet to be approved as an ordinance by the Belvidere City Council.

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