Midfield Mobile Home Park residents receive temporary reprieve from eviction
The seven remaining residents of the Midfield Trailer Park were informed in court on Wednesday that they could stay in their homes until December 8, 2017 as they await a court decision on compensation.
The residents, who say they were treated unfairly by the City of Calgary when they were served with an eviction order three years ago, were to have vacated the premises of the park in the 900 block of 16 Avenue Northeast in September.
"We don't want to feel like we're kicked out of Calgary," said Laine Sloan. "We were both born and raised in Calgary. This is our home."
"It feels really awaful when someone tries to kick you out of it."
The City had offered up to $20,000 to homeowners in compensation to help assist with the cost of relocation but the funds were not universally accepted. A handful of the mobile home owners launched a class-action lawsuit against the city for a breach of the tenancy agreement.
"The City knew this was going to happen," said Lori Sperling. "A lot of these people are 92 years old, 85 years old, 75 years old. You take them out of the home they've been in for 45 years, they diie. It just happens becuse they've got a broken heart."
Lawyers representing the residents say the city neglected the park’s infrastructure and are using that as a reason to evict residents.
**Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated nine residents remained in Midfiield. The actual number of residents who have yet to leave is seven.**