CENTERVILLE, Iowa -- Authorities issued eviction notices Wednesday to Centerville residents in 12 mobile homes. The notices came due to safety issues in the homes.
The city has been working with the owners of the Highlander Mobile Home Park to try to improve living conditions for residents since Nov. 11.
The residents have seven days to find new living space.
Jeff Carley, one of the owners of the park, said Friday that he planned to give the homes to the residents, so rental regulations would no longer apply.
"Our number one objective is to give the residents an affordable place to live," Carley said.
City administrator Patrick Antonen said the owners or the residents can appeal the evictions, but so far, none have been filed.
“Some of the minimum housing violations are related to health and safety and the health of the residents," said Antonen. "Its a very tough situation at this point, we’re trying to work with the mobile home owner, local agencies the people to find a place to move to."
"We’re very proud of our town, and we want people when they come to our town,to enjoy it and recognize it’s a good place to live," said Mayor Neil MacArthur. "We’re also very interested in the health and safety of all our residents."