Tenants battling to stop the closing of the Ev-Mar Mobile Home Park in Savage won a small victory yesterday when a Howard County District Court judge agreed that the park is so badly maintained that they were right not pay their May rents.
The park was to have closed today, but residents are trying to stop the closing and force the owners to clean up and to pay relocation costs and damages.
Instead of paying the $392 monthly rent on their lots, seven of the 10 remaining families paid it to an escrow fund created by Civil Justice Inc. a public-interest law firm trying to prevent their eviction.
The Civil Justice legal team is seeking an injunction in Circuit Court to block closure of the 6.8-acre park, which the owners want to sell for redevelopment.
District Court Judge Pamila J. Brown agreed with Civil Justice Inc. Director Phillip Robinson that park operators are out of compliance with the law for not correcting the violations.
The dispute now moves to Circuit Court, where a hearing had not been scheduled as of late yesterday.