Trailer park residents say landlord threatened to double rent if Biden wins

A Colorado trailer park's owner is accused of threatening tenants with sharp rent increases and other costs if President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE does not win reelection.

Local NBC affiliate 9 News reported that multiple residents of Ed Pagel's Trailer Park in Fort Morgan say Bernie Pagel posted a notice warning their rents could double should Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE win, while adding that rent would not be raised for two years if Trump is reelected.

"Please understand IF Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely," reads the notice, according to video broadcast by 9 News.


"Everything will be increased. Like paying ALOT 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!" it continued. "IF the current President is re-elected, WE WILL NOT RAISE THE RENT FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS!"

The TV station reported that several residents reported the warnings to election officials, who told 9 News that the case had been referred to the state's attorney general. The attorney general's office did not return the news outlet's request for comment.

“I mean everybody was pretty shocked, honestly,” one resident told 9 News. “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?”

Attempting to intimidate voters is illegal under federal law, which states that "no person ... shall intimidate, threaten, coerce ... any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] person to vote or to vote as he may choose.”