Despite resident concerns, landlord of Radcliff mobile home park says he's complying with safety standards
Residents of a Radcliff mobile home park are complaining of bed bug infestations and rotting floors, but the landlord said he's complying with safety standards.
RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents of a Radcliff mobile home park are complaining of bed bug infestations and rotting floors, but the landlord said he's complying with safety standards.
Inside Harry and Naomi Parent's mobile home, the couple can point out out bed bugs, soft floors, a leaking roof and an air register that opens to the outside.
"Who should have to live like this?" Naomi Parent asked.
"It's not much better than living in a car," Harry Parent added.
The couple rents at Paradise Mobile Home Park in Radcliff, where two homes burned in March, prompting the city to do mandatory inspections inside each unit.
Officials said they did find code violations, but the landlord is cooperating with repairs.
"(The city is) still doing everything they're supposed to do, and I'm doing what they ask me to do," owner Mike DeRuiter said.
Other residents, who feared eviction for appearing on camera, said they still feel unsafe inside their homes.
The Parents claim they've asked for help for months, but the park owner said he wasn't aware.
"If I don't know about it, there's not much I can do about it," DeRuiter said.
He said he's evicting the couple, although they claim they've caught up on their rent payments.
"Those are problem people," DeRuiter said. "All we can do is try to evict them and get them out."
But residents said they're tired of paying up to $375 per month to live in these conditions.
"Nobody should ever have to live like this," Naomi Parent said. "This is not right."
The city said all "critical" issues were corrected by the owner, but they're still working with him to get the park cleaned up and old units removed.
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