California retirement community raises rent for elderly couple by $1,000/month: ‘It must be a mistake’
California nursing home residents now face cost of living increases of more than $1,000 a month for rent and other costs, report says, sparking outrage in the community .
Murrieta resident Yvonne Collins, whose mother and stepfather live in Paradise Village in National City, Calif., was told by her mother that a slip informed them they would be required to pay $1,000 in rent extra every month, reported FOX 5 from San Diego.
National City is located approximately six miles from San Diego.
“They couldn’t believe it. My mom was like, ‘The rent is going to go up $1,000’ – and I was like, ‘That must be a mistake.’ Nobody does that. Then I took a look at the newsletter — and sure enough, it was true,” Collins said, FOX 5 reported.
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In the newsletter, Paradise Village management announced that beginning in October, occupants who live with two people in a unit, such as an elderly married couple, will now be charged an additional $1,000 per month while all residents will see their rent increase by $100.
Collins said her mother and stepfather, who fell in love with the residence after their first tour and enjoyed living there for a year, now fear they won’t be able to afford it.
“I’m livid. I can’t believe anyone can do this. My mom and her husband are 85, on a fixed income. Most people in there are in their 80s – I met people who are 95. They’ “I’m not going to get a second job. There’s no way for them to increase their income when they’ve governed themselves on a certain budget,” Collins told FOX 5.
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Collins said management described the price hike as an increase in fees, not rent, and that distinction was legally justified.
“It’s silly. Even people who have been there for two months are now going to get a $1,000 raise? What is their choice? To move, to pay the moving expenses? I am very upset and appalled that someone can do this to the elderly — or whoever it is,” Collins added, FOX 5 reported.
Paradise Village management justified the price hike as necessary to offset the rising cost of labor, food, and supplies.
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Rent at Paradise Village, located at 2700 East 4th Street in National City, starts at $2,800 per month for assisted living and $3,640 per month for independent living, according to Caring.com.