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My tiny home village changed hands & my life is a ‘living nightmare’ – they ‘broke state law’ by raising rent $300

A TINY homeowner has revealed that she and others are fighting against their tiny home village after seeing an enormous rent spike.

Amy Case and over a hundred other residents are suing Parakeet Communities for allegedly unlawfully raising rent prices at their tiny home villages.

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Amy Case is one of the many residents suing Parakeet Communities[/caption]

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Amy Case and other residents have filed a class action lawsuit against Parakeet Communities[/caption]

“Parakeet has made life a living nightmare for me and my fellow residents,” Amy Case said in a statement, according to GBH.

Parakeet Communities, a Massachusetts-based company, purchased American Mobile Home Park and Whispering Pines Estates in 2022.

The lawsuit claims that the organization raised rent by $300 for certain residents which is beyond fair market prices, as well as limited new leases to one year.

In the state of Massachusetts, it’s illegal to have mobile leases that are shorter than a five-year term or charge villagers above fair market value.

Plus, the lawsuit alleges that the unequal rent hike violated mandates that state that rental increases are the same across a mobile home park.

“We deserve to be treated with fairness and respect and brought this case to secure our legal rights,” Case said.

Jacob Love, who is representing the mobile home tenants, accused Parakeet of tricking potential residents into signing bad leases.

He pointed out that the lease states that rent prices will remain the same in all caps, however, other parts of the contract state that rates will increase.

“The conflicting information was designed to create confusion and muddy the waters,” said Love,

“It’s clear that Parakeet’s only intention here was to raise rents immediately to reap financial rewards as quickly as possible.


“And in their hurry to do that, they intentionally have misled the tenants and failed to comply with legal requirements.”

As part of the lawsuit, Case and other tiny homeowners are looking to receive financial compensation, and they want to force Parakeet to comply with state regulations.

Before residents filed the class action lawsuit, they tried to handle their issues by sending letters to the company about complying with Massachusetts’s mobile home regulations.

However, Parakeet’s lawyer allegedly denied that the company was violating the law, and shortly after began evicting some of their tenants.

What it means for a home to be put in foreclosure

Foreclosures can happen when lenders take control of a property after borrowers have failed to make their repayments.

Homeowners or borrowers will receive a Notice of Default by their lender triggering the foreclosure process.

Those in HOA communities can also see their homes foreclosed by their HOA for falling behind on fees, meaning that even if you keep up on mortgage payments, you can still lose your home.

Before foreclosure, a HOA will put a lien on your property which then allows them to auction it to reclaim unpaid funds.

The sale price of the property can often be much less than it’s worth as it only needs to be enough to cover the debts to the HOA or lender and is sold via auction to the highest bidder.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Parakeet Communities for comment.

TINY HOME HORRORS

All over the country, people are experiencing unfair evictions from their tiny homes.

Valerie Silkwood became one of the many residents at Ray County’s Sunshine Lake in Missouri who were blindsided by their eviction, according to local Fox affiliate WDAF.

State and county leaders revealed that the property was always meant to be a primitive campground, and residents must leave.

“It’s devastating, I’m 60 years old. I’m on disability,” said Silkwood.

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources stated that the land is filled with “repurposed 325-gallon hazardous waste totes, 55-gallon plastic drums, and possibly other repurposed containers, for illicit domestic waste disposal.”

Tiny homeowners had no idea there were issues with the land, but the developer has allegedly been getting violation notices since 2020.

Ray County claimed to have tried to develop a septic solution with the developer, but they were not cooperating.

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