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DENHAM SPRINGS - A group of people in Livingston Parish now have 30 days, instead of 15, to leave a Denham Springs subdivision after violating state law.

Members of the Magnolia Estates subdivision who live in travel trailers - or "campers" - recently came home to an eviction notice, giving them 15 days to pack their bags.

"There's people living in camper trailers that can't afford to get another house," said Jason Hebert a Magnolia Estates resident. "They're making them get out instead of helping them."

According to state law, campers can only be used on camp grounds or mobile home parks. Magnolia Estates is not classified as a trailer park, but as a subdivision.

Thursday, the Livingston Parish council was asked to extend the allotted time by the same man who wanted the trailers removed.  He believes the travel trailers are lowering the value of his property, but also wants to help find the people living in these properties a place to stay.  But, the people who live in the trailers say they don't need the extra time because they're not leaving.

"It's going to come down to them having 40 camper trailers in the front of this neighborhood and if they think that this is a trailer park they're going to see what a trailer park looks like," Hebert said.

Chuck Vincent with the Livingston Parish Permit Office said, though, the people have no choice because they are breaking state law.


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