Trailer park residents given 6 months to leave
Owner says high water costs forcing him to close park
Residents of a trailer park in Cornwall are weighing their options after getting eviction notices late last month from their landlord.
Clifford McQuaid, who owns the Byway Trailer Park, is shutting it down because of high water costs. He has given residents until Sept. 1 to vacate.
At least one of the 15 renters is fighting the eviction through the province's office of residential rental property.
"I wanted to stay. I thought we'd have another two years anyway, and then something would have come up by then. But this is a little bit too fast, too shocking," Andre Darville said Wednesday.
He said he spent $1,100 dollars to rip out his oil tank and install electric heat — as requested by the owner just last year — because of an oil spill at one of the trailers in the park a couple of years ago.
McQuaid said he's sorry to shut the park down, but he has to because of a costly leak in the park's 40-year old water system.
Nobody's been able to find the source of the leak, and it's costing McQuaid $19,000 a year in municipal water fees. That's almost double what it used to be.
McQuaid said he had intended to keep running the trailer park, but that was before he was hit with the increased water costs.
Residents have been told they can stay in the park for free for the next six months. McQuaid made the offer after the town of Cornwall agreed to waive water fees for that period.
Stan Carson has lived in the trailer park for 31 years.
"I'll have to look for an apartment or rooms or something later on. I'm going to wait till the weather warms up before looking around," Carson said.
Several trailers and mini homes are now up for sale McQuaid said he intends to put the entire two-hectare property up for sale. It's zoned for development for townhouses and apartments.