Landlords threaten to evict Hungarian WWII refugee, 95, from her California apartment because her socially-distanced chats with her granddaughter are ‘too loud’
- Klara Kharkats, 95, has been isolating alone at her Redondo Beach apartment amid the COVID-19 pandemic
- The lonely senior is visited once every two weeks by her granddaughter who stands outside on the sidewalk to converse with Kharkats
- Last week, managers at the apartment complex sent Kharkats a letter threatening her with eviction if she did not stop the ‘excessive noise’
- Kharkats was left worried by the notice as she has lived there for 20 years
- The complex’s management has since apologized for the ‘tone’ of their threatening letter, but urged Kharkats to communicate via cell phone
Managers of a California apartment complex have threatened to evict a 95-year-old resident over the loud socially-distanced chats she shares with her granddaughter.
Klara Kharkats, 95, has been forced to isolate alone inside her Rodondo Beach apartment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March.
The only bright spot for the lonely senior is a visit once every two weeks from her granddaughter, Rozanna Handrich, who comes and stands on the sidewalk outside of the building.
Kharkats comes out on her balcony and chats with Handrich from several feet away, but neighbors are none too happy about overhearing their conversations .
Last week, Kharkats received a letter from the complex’s management stating: ‘We have received complaints regarding excessive noise coming from your unit…Please have your guest come and visit inside your unit.
‘Continued violation of your lease rules and regulations will result in further action which may include eviction.’
Managers of a California apartment complex have threatened to evict a 95-year-old resident over the loud socially-distanced chats she shares with her granddaughter
Klara Kharkats has been standing on her balcony and conversing with her granddaughter who is positioned on the nearby sidewalk
The great-grandmother – who was a World War II refugee who immigrated from Hungary – says she has lived at the complex for more than 20 years and was left worried by the nasty note.
Handrich told CBS that she used to go inside her grandma’s apartment, but decided it was too risky once COVID-19 cases started to surge.
‘We are just really scared to get her sick,’ she told the news network. ‘None of us want to be the reason anything happens to her.’
Despite the threat of eviction, Handrich says she has no plans to stop visiting her beloved grandma outside the complex.
‘It’s just her sitting in a room,’ Handrich stated.
‘I get sad just thinking about it because I can’t imagine what it’s like to just sit by yourself all day long’.
‘You can hear it in her voice, if she hasn’t seen anyone in awhile. It really hurts me to hear when she says she is lonely.’
Rozanna Handrich comes and stands on the sidewalk outside her grandmother’s apartment complex for a chat
Last week, Kharkats received a letter from the complex’s management, stating: ‘We have received complaints regarding excessive noise coming from your unit…Please have your guest come and visit inside your unit’
The complex’s management have since apologized for the ‘tone’ of the notice they sent to Kharkats.
However, they insist that the volume of the conversations must be minimized.
‘We recognize the importance of families maintaining contact with their loved ones, particularly during this unprecedented time of COVID,’ management said in a statement to CBS.
‘We regret the tone of the notice our manager sent to Ms. Kharats, which was taken from a form letter we send to tenants with chronic noise issues. We have sent a rescission notice to her this morning and apologize for the misunderstanding.
‘The notice, which was prompted by complaints from other tenants, should have been more sensitive and spelled out the solution more clearly. We encourage family members to continue visiting their grandmother while maintaining CDC guidelines of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Her health and theirs will be preserved by following those recommendations. In this case, we encourage the family to use their cell phones instead of yelling from the sidewalk. ‘
Despite the threat of eviction, Handrich says she has no plans to stop visiting her beloved grandma outside the complex
Handrich told CBS that she used to go inside her grandma’s apartment, but decided it was too risky once COVID-19 cases started to surge. Kharkats is pictured with her great-granddaughter prior to the pandemic