Mobile home residents fight eviction

July 17, 2008 3:58:30 PM PDT
About 100 people on Long Island are being evicted from their mobile homes so the property can be developed. The homeowners say they'll fight to the bitter end because they have nowhere else to go.

Syosset Mobile Home residents are banding together against their park's developer, Syosset Trailer Park Associates.

Plans to evict tenants and redevelop the park as early as the first of the year have these residents in disbelief.

"It's not humane. Just because it's legal doesn't mean that it is right," Barbara Pedote said.

Pedote pays $600 a month in rent for the property where the mobile home sits. It's a bargain considering the average home in Syosset costs one-million dollars. One bedroom apartments rent for about $1800 a month.

"We make jokes. How many cardboard boxes are you going to get? There is nowhere on Nassau County that is affordable living," she said.

While STP has gone ahead and sent evictions letters, residents have taken the matter to court fighting not only the eviction notice, but also recent rent increases and legal fees that they say STP is trying to pin on them.

"They do what they want. They have intimidated us. Harassed us on a continuous basis," Pedote said.

Pedote says her mobile home is one of the only things that she has, but if and when the property is redeveloped, she and everyone else will literally be left with nothing. It's the only mobile home park left in Nassau County.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Emily Smith