An apartment manager in Houston, Texas is facing disciplinary action after posting an inappropriate eviction notice on a tenant’s door.
Sonja Lee says the notice of her pending eviction was placed on her door around 2 p.m on Monday.
It read, “Guess who’s moving? You!!!” with a large smiling emoji that appeared to be waving.
The notice goes on to say, “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.”
“So y’all think it’s funny to antagonize the person that’s going through financial hardship with putting an emoji stating, ‘Guess who’s moving today?’ There was nothing funny about that,” Lee said.
Lee says she lost her job at Jack in the Box in March and she has been denied unemployment.
She says she was able to pay the rent for April and May, but started to fall behind in June and July. At that point, she says she started talking to the property managers about her situation.
“This notice doesn’t have any power (and) will not hold up in court,” Jon-Ross Trevino with Lone Star Legal Aid said. “Just because this notice is on your door, doesn’t mean the landlord is correct in what they’ve done.”
According to Trevino, typically, under law, a notice to vacate must be posted on the inside of a residence, and in most cases, a notice to vacate must give the tenant three days to leave before an eviction is filed.
The apartments are owned by Houston based firm Karya Property Management. They told ABC13 that they understand the insensitive nature of the flyer and said the manager who created it was disciplined. They also said the flyer was only used one time.
Additionally, a company-wide email was sent out on best practices reminding managers they are only allowed to distribute flyers pre-approved by corporate.
Swapnil Agarwal, the founder of Karya Property Management, says Lee is not under eviction and nothing has been filed against her.
Lee has started a GoFundMe account to help with her and her family as they struggle financially.
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