Residents of 98 mobile homes in the Campbell Heights Trailer Park off of Fort Campbell Boulevard, are looking for a new place to live after they received an eviction notice Oct. 20 from the landlord.
Resident Sean Grayum said the mobile home owners and renters were given until January to find new homes, which placed a hardship on him and some of his friends who live in the trailer park.
“At this point, I don’t know what to do,” Grayum said. “A lot of these people have kids. There are some who are disabled. It’s hard to move in 90 days.”
The residents who own trailers not only have to move, but their trailer has to be removed from the lot, according to Grayum.
“It costs more to relocate a mobile home to another park than to just to move,” Grayum said. “Most of the trailers here are not moveable since they are older ones. Some of them have not been maintained.”
Montgomery County developer Robert Durrett said he bought the Darrow Road property in January and decided to allow Allen Berry rent it from him.
Durrett said he did not send out the eviction notices, rather Berry, who is in charge of the property he is currently leasing, sent them.
“He knew at the time we were planning on making a housing development,” Durrett said. “I gave him a year to get things in order and to start moving the mobile homes out.”
The eviction notice, recieved by Main Street Clarksville, was dated Oct. 20 and addressed to all Campbell Heights Park residents, who received the notice posted on their doors.
“As of today, Oct. 20, the new landlord of the park has decided to close Campbell Heights,” the letter said. “Everyone here has 90 days to move. We are deeply saddened by this news. Our office will be closing Dec. 31, 2020. If you have any questions, you may call Robert Durrett…”
Berry, who included Durrett’s personal telephone number instead of the office phone number, signed the letter.
Attempts to contact Berry went unanswered.
Campbell Heights Trailer Park resident Joylynn Howie said the timing of the evictions is what really bothers her.
“I didn't think anyone would be so cruel as to evict 300 or so rent-paying tenants in the middle of a pandemic,” Howie said in an email. “The timing seems designed to inflict the maximum amount of suffering possible.”
Howie said she’s worried some of her neighbors will end up homeless or live in tents when they are put out of their homes in January.
Alan Dennis, who lives with three other people on King Road in the trailer park, said he’s also worried about the timing of the eviction during the pandemic.
“Most of the people here are on fixed incomes,” Dennis said. “The quote I got to move my trailer was $5,500. We don’t have that kind of money.”
Dennis said he’s looking for property to move his trailer, but is having trouble finding land or another park that would be affordable.
Christopher McArthur, his wife and 4-year-old son, live with Dennis in his trailer home.
McArthur said the 30-day notice is not long enough.
“I would like to see us have a little more time,” McArthur said. “We have to look for property, move the trailer, our families and our animals and get set up somewhere else. It’s going to be hard.”
Durrett, who said he plans to build single-family homes on the trailer park’s property, said tenants continue to call him, worried about their future, and he wants to give them the opportunity to find another place to live.
“I tell them to do the best you can,” Durrett said. “Then, when [Berry’s] lease is over, we’ll work to see what we can do to get the problems resolved… But eventually, we need to get all of those mobile homes out of there.”