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An Inside Look at the Conditions at the Sun & Sand Mobile Home Park in Mattawa

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MATTAWA, WA-- On Tuesday,  we told you about an alarming case of neglect at Sun and Sand Mobile Home Park in Mattawa. The state is suing the owner for forcing tenants to sign fake purchase contracts in order to avoid health and safety inspections. 

We went inside these homes today and saw some truly unlivable conditions. From rotting carpet to collapsing roofs and broken air conditioners, the situation at Sun and Sand is shocking. 

Current and former residents told us that at the moment they sign to rent these homes, they are pressured into signing fake purchase contracts, without getting a translation of the document. 

The possibility of eviction and in many cases, deportation has kept many residents in a state of fear. 

One of the current residents told us "What I think is that since I signed these papers, that I'm the owner but I have no rights, then how am I the owner? This is only a scam that I'm going through." 

I also talked to former resident, Ana Ramos who told me that when she lived at Sun and Sand Mobile Home Park, nothing was done about a caving closet wall and holes in the floor of her trailer, making it unbearably cold during the winter months. She lived in these conditions for several years. 

We tried talking to the current manager at Sun and Sand but she denied us an interview.

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