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“It’s disappointing,” Dozens of families evicted from Shawnee mobile home park taking fight to court

SHAWNEE, Okla. - Dozens of Shawnee families are being forced out of a mobile home park.

The property sent out eviction notices.

The property is not in compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality.

Some residents said the property owner should fix the problem to comply with regulations, instead of kicking them out.

At one point, about 60 families lived in the mobile home park near MacArthur and Highway 270.

Now, it looks a little abandoned as people are forced to pick up and move.

“I’m disabled, and it’s been very hard for me,” said Sherida Chaffin.

Chaffin has struggled to find a new place and find the money to move.

Christmas gifts were out of the question this year.

“I have three kids and five grandkids, and I couldn’t afford to buy them anything,” Chaffin said.

She’s spent over $2,000 on packing supplies and fees to move her trailer.

“There were so many kids that were out here that have moved now. Christmas was ruined for them, because it took everything the parents had put back for the holidays to just move,” said resident Courtney Armstrong.

In a letter, the property owner told residents he was forced to reduce the number of renters, because the park is “out of compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality regulations, which governs its water and sewer volume.

However, the property owner is allowing people to stay who rent one of his trailers.

Some said that’s not right.

The majority of people there own their mobile homes.

“I thought why? I’ve lived here 12 years,” Chaffin said.

Tuesday, the property manager refused to talk with us.

Residents were given until December 31 to move out, but some filed a restraining order to keep the managers from shutting off their utilities until they can see a judge.

A hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon.