Trailer Park Tenants Say Landlord Sent Letter Implying Rent Will Double If Joe Biden Wins Election

The tenants of a Colorado trailer park have accused their landlord of sending a letter implying that their rent will "most likely" double if Joe Biden is elected president.

The letter, sent to tenants of the trailer park in Fort Morgan, said their rent would not be raised for at least two years if Donald Trump is re-elected, KUSA-TV reported.

The letter, dated October 19, added it was "not telling you how to vote," but added, "we are just informing our tenants what WE will do" depending on the outcome of the election.

According to KUSA-TV, the letter concerned a number of residents, who called it a kind of voter suppression and said they feared they would be forced to move based on something that was out of their control.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State's office confirmed to Newsweek that it had received a complaint about the letter and passed it along to the Colorado Attorney General's office, but declined to comment further. A spokesperson for the Attorney General's office declined to comment, saying it "does not confirm the existence of or comment on investigations or complaints. Our office comments on matters when/if we bring legal action."

Ok Colorado Freedom Riders... There is a violation in our own backyard and Voter Suppression comes in all forms......

Posted by Shenika Carter on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

"TO ALL TENANTS: Please understand IF Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely," the letter, dated October 19, said.

"Everything will be increased. Like paying ALOT (sic) more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations...everything! This also means YOUR RENT will be increased to cover these expenses. Most likely, rent would DOUBLE in price!

"IF the current President is re-elected, WE WILL NOT RAISE THE RENT FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS!"

It added: "Voting is your choice and we are not telling you how to vote. We are just informing our tenants what WE will do according to the election results. If Trump wins, we all win. If Biden wins, we all lose. VOTE on November 3, 2020."

Bernie Pagel, the person who signed the letter, has been contacted for comment.

Cindy Marquez told KUSA-TV that she and her family have lived in the trailer park for 20 years. After receiving the letter, Marquez said she spoke to neighbors, who were "pretty shocked."

They are concerned that if rent doubles, they may be forced to move, she said. Marquez said her family is living pay check to pay check and are barely making ends meet as it is.

"I mean, we can't control how this whole election goes," she told the station. "It was mainly hurtful, you know? How could someone say something like that or basically threaten us according to something that we can't control?"

The letter also sparked an outcry on social media.

One person posted a picture of the letter on Instagram, adding: "Voter intimidation right in our own backyard.

"This was sent to all tenants in a trailer park community in Ft. Morgan, Colorado. Most of the tenants are of Hispanic descent so you can imagine why this was sent out."

Shenika Carter, the founder and president of Colorado-based nonprofit Caravan for Racial Justice, shared the post on Facebook, adding: "There is a violation in our own backyard and Voter Suppression comes in all forms."

This article has been updated with comments from the Colorado Secretary of State's office and Colorado Attorney General's office.

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A voting sign sits outside the Union Station polling center on June 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images