The landlord of a trailer park in Fort Morgan, Colorado allegedly sent a note to residents warning them that rent would most likely double in price “IF Joe Biden is elected as our next President.”
9NEWS received several emails from Fort Morgan residents concerned about the legality of the letter, calling it a form of voter suppression.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office confirmed they have received a complaint, and told 9NEWS they passed it along to the Attorney General.
“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 shared with 9News read. “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!” the landlord’s letter continued. “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,” the letter’s closing message read.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office confirmed to 9News they have received a complaint, saying that the complaint was passed along to the Attorney General.
“I mean, we can’t control how this whole election goes,” Cindy Marquez, a tenant of the trailer park, told 9NEWS. “We can’t control what everyone else does, you know? We can’t control the results.”
Marquez said she got the letter last night, although it was dated Oct. 19. She translated it to her Spanish-speaking parents and immediately called her neighbors.
“I mean everybody was pretty shocked, honestly,” Marquez said. “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?”
Marquez said her family has lived in the trailer park for 20 years, and they have never seen anything like this from landlords before.