WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A single mother of two in Houston draws sympathy from other people after she received an insensitive eviction notice during the pandemic.
- The eviction notice started with a message: “Guess who’s moving? You!!!” with a large smiling emoji, waving ‘goodbye’.
- The property CEO has apologized for the manager’s insensitivity and stopped the eviction.
What would you do if you are a single mother of two, have been denied unemployment, and you get an insensitive eviction notice during the coronavirus pandemic?
Sonja Lee took to social media to tell her story. It got picked up by a local news station and got an apology from the property CEO that staved off her eviction.
Lee created a GoFundMe page to help her and her boys during these trying times.
The pandemic has been tough on a lot of people who have lost their jobs and even lost loved ones. Sonja Lee is a single mother of two who has been trying to find a job online, was denied unemployment five times, and even got scammed on a job she was excited to start on.
And then she had to contend with eviction notice on her door.
The message started with a “Guess who’s moving? You!!!” with a large smiling emoji. “Pay your outstanding balance, or release your apartment and turn in your keys to the leasing office by 6:00 p.m. today. Eviction will be filed promptly Tuesday morning, 8/18/2020.”
When she received the notice, she said, “I was mad, I ain’t going to lie. I didn’t think it was funny at all. I felt like they were antagonizing the tenants through the situation and it was heartless, especially during a pandemic.”
She posted the notice on social media and it created a stir when a local news station got wind of it and got the attention of the CEO of Karya Property Management which operates her apartment complex. The CEO, Swapnil Agarwal, apologized on behalf of the company.
Agarwal said, “Buck stops with me, so yes, I do personally apologize. I wish I had the time and the resources to reach out personally to every one of them who have dealt with any issues at our properties. But I am apologizing personally in case it was insensitive, and if she was really trying to work out a payment program with the property or that she was in communication with the manager, then I accept it’s truly our fault.”
Even the manager who sent in the eviction has been “reprimanded”.
Lee’s GoFundMe page has already raised over $11,500.
Through all these, Lee said, “Despite what you may go through, the trials and tribulations that might be thrown at you, never give up. When it feels like you don’t have nothing else left in you, that’s when blessings will start pouring. So when you feel like there’s nothing left, if you have faith, keep your faith, stay strong, and just stay positive because blessings are real and miracles do happen within a blink of an eye.”