June 8, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Times "Rents to jump 13.5 percent at El Jebel trailer park"

Scott Condon:
"EL JEBEL — Rents at one of the largest free-market housing complexes in the Roaring Fork Valley will jump by 13.5 percent in August.

Crawford Properties LLC informed tenants at its El Jebel Mobile Home Park last week that it will raise the trailer-space base rent from $550 to $625 per month. It will affect 289 trailers and roughly 2,100 residents, according to Robert Hubbell, CEO of the Crawford family business.

The increase comes at a time when many residents of the blue-collar neighborhood are already struggling to make ends meet, according to a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity. Notice of the rent increases was delivered to the tenants of the mobile homes clustered along El Jebel Road and JW Drive on May 30. The tenant said the rent increase has been a hot topic among neighbors ever since.

“People are just frantic,” the tenant said. “They're saying, ‘We're barely making it.'”...."

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