Finding a place to rent isn’t so easy

Two months ago, there was a notice left on my apartment door. The notice stated my lease would not be renewed and I would have to vacate by the end of the current month. I was in total shock as to why – as the rent was always paid on time for seven years.

I moved to the apartment near Silver Lake after my husband died and have always loved the location for the convenience to most everything. I grew up here, my parents and my grandfather owned property for over 70 years at this lake. I was forced to sell our home due to my husband’s illness.

I went immediately to the manager’s office and asked what was the reason for the notice. His reply: “I don’t have to give a reason. I have a waiting list for three bedroom apartments.” The rent was raised $169 a month and I was not given that option.

They rent to the Navy and his comment was “the beauty of it is we get paid whether it is rented or not.”

It has been very difficult and very expensive to find decent housing in such a short period of time. I spent more than three weeks trying to relocate and could not get more than 10 days extension, even though the manager did not have the decency to let me know before the last month.

I have always been a stable person, well-known and many good friends in the community and have never been so humiliated and traumatized in my entire life. I still do not believe it was right, what happened.

Good timing too! Right before the biggest holidays of the year! So much for these so-called “golden years.”


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