According to reporting by ABC7, in Denver, Colorado, tenants at a trailer park say they feel threatened after their landlord sent them letters telling them he’d raise their rent if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election.
According to one tenant, Cindy Marquez, landlord Bernie Pagel, signed the letter, and left it on her fence. The letter was dated October 19, 2020.
“I don’t know what he’s trying to do, if he’s trying to buy more votes for Trump,” Marquez told ABC7.
“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.
Everything will be increased. Like paying A LOT more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations … everything! This also means your rent will be increased to cover expenses. Most likely, rent would double in price!
If the current president is re-elected, we will not raise the rent for at least two years.
Voting is your choice and I’m 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.”
Despite the line reading that he’s “not telling you how to vote,” a spokesman for the Colorado Attorney General’s office said, “any voter intimidation is a crime and will be prosecuted.”
“Something has to be done because if he were to implement this, I don’t know what we’d do … honestly,” Marquez said. “What are we going to do if he does double it? We live paycheck to paycheck."