HARRISBURG, Ore. — Some residents at a Harrisburg mobile home park say they’re being targeted unfairly.
It comes after they complained about the cancellation of trash service and the installation of a trash compactor.
Anita McClure and her husband have lived at their mobile home park for nearly 20 years, but she says for about the last three years they’ve struggled with having to take their trash from their house to the trash compactor. However, she says, for other residents who are elderly, who have disabilities or injuries, who take one to four block trek, it’s nearly impossible.
McClure says a rough childhood built her to fight for justice. She never imagined trash at the Springbrook Mobile Home Park would one day be at the heart of her battle for rights.
“We received a newsletter and there were a couple lines in it saying they were replacing our roadside garbage with a trash compactor,” McClure said.
Residents formed a tenant housing committee with McClure at the head.
“Then we started finding out that there were laws to protect us from this happening,” McClure said.
She and others say they discovered five Oregon statutes in the landlord tenant law had been broken. Among them, tenants did not get to vote on the changes and management refused to acknowledge the financial changes. Rent went up, not down.
“We’ve been paying for curbside garbage service and haven’t been refunded,” McClure said.
Her fight didn’t end there. The park management sent a letter targeting McClure. Park ownership says it will no longer address concerns with the compactor, calling it expensive and destructive.
“I feel like if you would stoop to that level, what else might you do?” McClure said.
The letter referenced a court decision in favor of the park. McClure says the committee tried to file a lawsuit but lacked a competent lawyer and their case was dismissed. She says it never got to court.
“(It’s) disheartening to have to put up with this type of situation. No one should have to go through this. It’s just not okay,” McClure said.
In a statement from owner Tim McFadden, he says, “Those issues have been litigated and the court has ruled in favor of Springbrook MHP. That ruling was not appealed and stands as the final ruling. The court’s ruling establishes that Anita McClure is incorrect. He goes on to say the majority of Springbrook MHP residents like the compactor.
Anita and others on the tenant committee say they will continue to put pressure on legislators and management at the Springbrook Mobile Home Park.