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Lennox mobile home owners plan to fight closure

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People in one Lennox neighborhood could lose the place they call home if their landlord closes their mobile home park.
With less than thirty days to find a new home, they say they have no where else to go.

The homeowners told KSFY News about their plan to fight back against their landlord.

After receiving a letter telling them their mobile home park is scheduled to close on July 1st, most residents wonder where do they go from here.

Mobile homeowner Marty Franklin said "I'm not from here. I have no idea where i'm going. I don't have family to fall back on. I have breast cancer. I'm dealing with this on my own with my fiance.  At this point, I don't have an answer."

And the answer as to why these families may lose their homes, is that the mobile home park is losing money.

"It's like a little family in this park, and it's unfortunate that people from the past have left debts but I am not here to pay those debts, I'm here to pay my own and move forward. Unfortunately, due to this letter, I'm not given that opportunity," Franklin said.

The homeowners hope the law will buy them some time.

Mobile homeowner Christina Griego said "South Dakota state statute says that he has to give us no less than 90 days, so I'm going to challenge this. I hope that I have other homeowners here, and other people who are in this park who will help me challenge him on this."

"There are probably ten families here that are going to end up on the streets as of July 1st, and 21 children in this trailer court, two of them have serious heart problems, that's my concern. Where do we all go," Franklin asked.

While these families may not know where they're going to go, they know what they're going to do.

"We're going to fight you. We're going to fight you on this one because we have nowhere to go. How would you feel if it were you," Griego said.

The owner of the mobile home park told us the park needs several repairs and it would cost more to keep it open than to shut it down.

Homeowners said many of them have older mobile homes which can't be moved.

With no way to move their homes and no place to go, they hope legal action will give them some time to figure out their next move.
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