Tenants in one mobile home community are not happy with management.
They say they are being overcharged for their utilities. One resident is sticking up for himself and his neighbors.
Mason Bryant's water bill was $77. It used to be closer to $30. He says everyone's water bill at the Holiday Mobile Home Park has increase, while water usage has stayed the same.
He's not standing for it.
Mason Bryant says it was February when people living in the Holiday Mobile Home Park received a letter saying March 1, the park would no longer using water meter readings and meters would be removed.
Now, the water bills are being divided evenly among each household. That means a household with one person is paying the same as a household of six.
"Well I got stuck in this water average that they said was going to be $57 and then this last month actually raised it to $77.03. Many people were outraged, started escrow accounts, wrote letters. They dropped it down to $55 and that's still overcharging," said Bryant.
Bryant says management is to blame.
"She's had multiple people tell her you shouldn't do it like that and it appears to me because they've had multiple problems with water leaks and sewage leaks, it appears to me that they're doing this to help pay for all their repairs," said Bryant.
And it's not just Bryant who's upset. One neighbor is afraid to show her face for fear of being evicted.
"I would like them to fix the water meters, not remove them and stop overcharging people, trying to rip people off," said one neighbor.
While the increasing water bills are frustrating, Sioux Falls Public Works Business Manager Dean Borchardt says because the mobile home park is a private infrastructure and business, it's up to its ownership to decide how they divvy up the water bill.
"Our only responsibility as city policy is that nobody can charge more than what the bill the actual mobile home park owner at the point of sale. If we sold $1,000 worth of water to that mobile home park in a month, you'd divide that by the number of customers potentially and you cannot bill more than that thousand dollars," said Borchardt.
"Yeah it's a trailer court. It's not the nicest neighborhood but still we have people here with children with families, hard working people like me that are going to lose their homes and being victimized," said Bryant.
Borchardt says to make sure mobile home parks aren't overcharging customers, they follow up directly with management if they receive complaints from tenants. They will then see how they calculated their bills.
We tried several times to get in contact with management but there was no response.
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