FLINT, MI — A Flint couple who spoke out against conditions in the unlicensed mobile home park where they lived has been evicted even though the park itself is still headed into tax foreclosure and is past due on water bill payments to the city.
Shamia Crago, who had lived at Elms Mobile Home Park for several years, said she received a notice sometime in the morning on Sunday, Feb. 16, notifying her that she was being evicted — something that happened Monday, Feb. 17.
“I’ve been running around trying to find some way to stop them from doing this,” Crago said. “I’m going to get a truck. I have to be ready. I don’t want them setting my stuff out in the snow.”
Crago’s family was one of handful of remaining residents in Elms Mobile, which has not had a state license since last June, but which has never been shut down.[embedded content]
Genesee County says it’s foreclosing on the 300-acre property off Dort Highway on April 1 unless arrangement are made to pay a delinquent tax bill amounting to more than $181,000. The city says Elms Investors LLC, the taxpayer of record, owes it another $160,000 in past-due water bills for the property.
Many of the trailers in Elms are damaged and vacant, trees and buildings have fallen, and there are massive potholes and standing water throughout the park.
Edmund Palmeri, an attorney representing Elms, said Monday that park owners are still trying to find a buyer for the property before it’s lost through tax foreclosure or forced to shut down.
Failure to pay rent is one of “numerous things” the Crago family was evicted for, Palmeri said.
Shamia Crago has said she stopped paying rent at the beginning of this month because she wanted answers that she never received about the future of the park and about why owners have been allowed to continue in business without a mobile home license from the state.
MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach city spokeswoman Marjory Raymer for comment on Monday, a holiday for the city.
Both the city and the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office were sent copies of a letter the state sent to Elms Mobile eight months ago, informing the company it was operating a park without a valid license in violation of the law and would not longer be inspected.
County Prosecutor David Leyton has said he needs a police agency to file the results of a criminal investigation with his office before any charges could be filed at Elms The city has said it’s exploring its options and will assist remaining tenants locate new housing.
Crago said she’s not sure where her family will land.
Although she said she owned her mobile home, it is too old to move to another park.