Residents of a mobile home park in Dumfries who were notified in September that they were to be evicted on New Year's Eve got a three-month reprieve from the property owner, authorities said.

U-Haul Co., which plans to put a rental facility on the three-acre parcel on Main Street, has allowed seven families living in the mobile home park to remain until March 31, said Michael Allen, a lawyer with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, which is acting as legal counsel to some of the families.

Ray Smith, a district vice president of U-Haul, said the company has waived monthly rental fees for the families pending their relocation to help them save money to move. The company also has provided free vehicles to move household goods, he said.

After notifying the residents earlier that they would have to move, the company delayed the evictions for humane reasons, he said. "We want to do the right thing toward those people."

Many families in the park were upset when they got the eviction notices. Some said they had no place to go because their mobile homes were old and could not be moved to other parks; many parks in this area have waiting lists.