As the city continues to gentrify, many Austinites may more readily think of food trucks than homes when they hear “trailer park.”
Yet off of the Northeast corner of Research Boulevard and Anderson Square, the North Lamar Community Mobile Home Park is host to a vibrant, longstanding neighborhood of Latino families, most of them immigrants.... In January, the park was purchased by RV Horizons, Inc. Residents of the park own their homes, but lease the land. The new owners quickly began to demand higher rents, in violation of existing leases (most residents signed leases last November agreeing to pay about $390 in rent, including utilities), and declared that they would be charging separately for utilities. When people refused to pay, they were given notices to vacate saying they had 72 hours to pay, leave, or face eviction proceedings. Some of the notices listed past-due charges of more than $1,000.