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Williston to seek AG opinion on rent increases

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- City leaders in Williston plan to seek an attorney general's opinion on how they can help residents at two mobile home courts where lot rents are being increased as much as 180 percent.

The new owners of FM Trailer Court have told residents lot rent will increase from $300 to $850 on June 1. At Elm Estates, new owners last year raised rent from $350 to $750.

More than a dozen residents have asked for help. The Williston City Commission on Tuesday voted to seek the opinion of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Williston is the hub of the booming western North Dakota oil patch. A national study from an apartment renting guide recently found that Williston had the highest average rent in the U.S.