Cheryl and Ken Lickar thought owning a manufactured home would be easy. Now, they worry rising land rent will leave them homeless and impoverished.
Two years ago, the couple sold their home near Hearthwood Elementary School in Vancouver and moved to Cascade Park Estates. The 55-and-older community off Southeast First Street, also known as Cascade Park Village, was clean, gated and low maintenance.
“We were hoping this would be our last home,” said Ken Lickar, 65.
Although they own their 1,300-square-foot home, they rent the land it sits on. And monthly rent is going up from $725 to $850 on Jan. 1 — a 17 percent increase. With that increase, rent will have gone up 70 percent since the 170-unit park came under new ownership in 2015. Five years ago, rent was $500.
To keep up with their bills, the Lickars said they sold valuables and looked into moving, which would likely require leaving the Vancouver area to find cheaper housing.
“It’s just got to change, but I don’t think it’s going to. I don’t think there’s any hope,” said Cheryl Lickar, 64.