Mobile Home Residents Hit with Soaring Rent After Hurricanes

Robeson County Affordable Housing Coalition, formed after Hurricane Florence, has asked local officials to take action on Time Out’s rental increases.

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — For eight years, James Lesane paid what he could for his mobile home lot rental every month — $150. But in February, five months after Hurricane Florence flooded the Lumberton region and shortly after Florida-based company Time Out Communities bought the park, his monthly lot rent more than tripled to $465. With a fixed Social Security disability income of about $791 a month, Lesane said it’s impossible for him to pay…

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