Andrews RV Park On Expired Permit, City Waiting To Crack Down 8/23/13
CBS 7 News
August 23, 2013
ANDREWS-From storage containers in Big Spring to a mobile home park with many code violations in Alpine, cities are facing problems with temporary housing arrangements as the basin booms.
Now the city of Andrews is holding off on renewing a permit for an RV and mobile home park, asking owners to make conditions safer for residents.
The Hillcrest Motor Park in Andrews had a specific use permit to rent out multiple RV’s on its property. Now that permit is expired and city leaders have to make a hard decision--force better living conditions or allow dozens of people to be left homeless.
"Let us live how we need to live, straight up, if we have to move RV’s in here and live in them, let us live in them,” said Hillcrest Motor Park Resident Diana Self.
The City Council discussed renewing Hillcrest's expired permit last night for the 20-30 RV’s and homes on the lot --but with sewer infrastructure problems and trash issues, they want the owner to make improvements first.
"There are some problems with trash and substandard housing, so we would like the owner to work with us on bringing it up to par,” said Andrews City Council Member Flora Braly.
At least two residents we spoke with were not happy about living conditions.
"It’s Terrible,” said Hillcrest Motor Park Resident Dusty. “The other ones I’ve stayed at are decent, they don’t have trash on the ground flying everywhere, the place is cleaned up, sewer hoses are picked up.”
We spoke with the property owner on the phone, who said of the sewer problems: “We need to make some concrete drains and we are trying to find people to do it,” said Vishal Patel. He added of last night’s decision not to renew the permit, “They didn’t give us any information.”
Despite the expired permit--the city is holding off, hoping that the owner makes changes to the property.
"Like all of the Permian Basin, we're pressed for housing, we don't want it to be hard for anyone, but we also want it to be safe,” Braly said.
If you are having difficulty with safety conditions in a rental unit, you can contact local law enforcement or the attorney general's office at (512) 463-2100 or visit their website at this link.
That website has more information on your rights as a tenant.