Hunter Weber, a 7-year resident of the Hoback RV Park, and his puppy Arrow take out the trash Sunday afternoon at the Hoback Junction RV community. Many residents were notified Thursday evening that they would be evicted by the end of the calendar year. (Photo credit: Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide)

Residents of the Hoback RV Park were notified by email last week that they have until Dec. 31 to vacate the property, according to a report by Ryan Dorgan in the Jackson Hole, Wyo., News & Guide.

The eviction notices came as a surprise to the 40 or so people who live there.

“I think it’s unethical,” resident Inanna Reistad said. “It is a lease and they are giving us 30 days notice … but it doesn’t feel socially just at all, especially considering we are in the middle of a pandemic. I don’t know what they expect these people to do.”

The Hoback RV Park, which sits on a 2.1-acre lot, changed hands in 2019 when Crowley Capital purchased the property that has been used as a campground and RV park dating to the 1950s.

According to property records, on Oct. 8 of this year MV Farms I LLC, a Delaware-based limited liability company, assumed 81.5% interest in the property. Crowley Capital still owns a smaller percentage of the property, records indicate.

An unsigned email sent to tenants from [email protected] on Nov. 19 at 5:12 p.m. said owners plan to install a new septic system in early December and that its capacity will be “well below that of the old one.”

“As a result of this change we are only able to continue accommodating tenants with current leases that extend past Dec. 31, 2020,” the email stated. “We ask that per the terms of your lease, you disconnect from water and sewer hookups and remove your RV from the property before Jan. 1.”

Crowley Capital was put on notice by Teton County in the spring for a non-compliant septic system. After a March 10 inspection, the county said Crowley Capital was in violation of several environmental and water quality standards.

Residents wonder why mass evictions are the only option since the septic and water issues have been at play “for years.”

“I understand the septic system if it’s under capacity like that,” Reistad said. “I don’t understand why they aren’t coming up with some creative solutions just to extend us another four months.”

A call to a Crowley Capital employee on Sunday (Nov. 22) was met with the same text messages residents received days before. Further questions were not answered.

Reistad said that of the 18 or so trailers at the park, she only knows of two that are being allowed to stay. Some residents at the park have lived there for 20 years or more. Some are elderly and have medical histories that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, she said.

See the full Jackson Hole News & Guide report here.