Tenants in a North Austin RV park said they got only 24 hours to get out of Rubio’s after the city cracked down on the unpermitted park, television station KXAN reported.
Property manager Jaime Paxton said she and partner Kenneth Rubio did not know RVs were not allowed on the property. They were just trying to help people out, she said.
“Originally he had it for venues and for flea markets and stuff like that, and then he decided he was going to try to help some people that were coming to Austin that couldn’t get into apartments, that were having financial issues,” Paxton said. “Everything’s just too expensive. So we’ve tried to give them a place to go where they can get their feet on the ground and get going.”
The Austin Code Department said it sent a notice of violation for the RV use to the property owner Feb. 13. The department reports there have been previous complaints about dumping and unsightly material.
Renters are forced to move regularly in Austin, mainly because of growth and redevelopment.
In September, the city council took steps to maker sure tenants had more notice if they were being forced to move for redevelopment. The new rules require owners to give renters four months notice. Before, owners only had to give notice a month in advance if an apartment was being torn down. Those living in mobile homes are supposed to be notified nine months before having to move out.
The Austin Tenants’ Council explained that the state recently limited the property code to people living in mobile homes, meaning those who live in an RV are no longer defined as tenants, so they don’t have the same rights.
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