Trailer park resident fighting eviction
A trailer park owner in Cornwall wanted his residents out by the end of the week, but at least one trailer owner is challenging the eviction notice.
Andre Darville, a resident of the Byways Trailer Park, intends to stay put.
When Darville, along with everyone else in park, got an eviction notice from trailer park owner Clifford McQuaid six months ago, Darville decided he would fight it legally.
"And then I wouldn't know what I'm going to do if I happen to lose. But for now, one step at a time," said Darville.
Darville said he can't afford to move his trailer and he thinks it'll be hard to find another park that will take his three dogs.
But McQuaid said he has no choice but to evict his tenants. He handed out notices after an unexplained leak drove the park's water costs too high.
McQuaid said closing is his only option, and he plans to sell the property to a developer.
Darville fought the eviction order, taking it to the residential rental property office. He lost, but now said he'll appeal that decision.
One park resident said it's not fair to force trailer owners to leave.
"There's an older man that lives in this trailer park. He's not working now. I mean, he walks up and down here three, four times a day, going to get a coffee, he minds his own business and now he's got to worry about moving his trailer," said Brady Fraser.
"That's not something he should have to worry about. He should have a stable home he can call home."
The park's owner said he'll push to have the water and sewer to his property cut off sometime in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the town said it won't be shutting services off if residents are still in the park. That is, unless it is ordered to do so.
"If we get instruction from a governing body like IRAC that gives us the permission to go in and turn the water off and then, you know, our utility will," said Cornwall Mayor Barney Fullerton.
McQuaid said he'll respect the legal process if Darville appeals.
Meanwhile, Darville said he is staying right where he is.