Eviction notices posted on retirement home doors shock seniors

Hundreds of seniors were told they’re being kicked out of a senior living community in Westwood, California.

CBS Los Angeles

WESTWOOD, Calif. -- Flossy Liebman is a collector of clocks, but she’s losing time. The 95-year-old says she and the roughly 200 others at Vintage Westwood Horizons senior living center are being evicted, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Many of the residents are in their 90s.

Notices were posted on the residents’ doors last week, saying the seniors have until the end of March to move -- and most don’t know where to go.

“I mean everybody’s panicked,” Liebman said. 

“People have been calling around to all of the facilities that take seniors in any capacity and are finding no spaces anywhere,” daughter Jane Blumenfield said. “Just waiting lists.” 

Some of the residents have financial limitations. Loneliness is also a factor. At the senior center, they say they don’t feel alone. 

“It’s their life,” Blumenfield said. “It’s their whole social network.” 

The evictions are rooted in a change of management. Watermark Retirement Communities, based in Tucson, Arizona, now manages Vintage Westwood Horizons, and it’s making renovations that could take up to two years to complete. When renovations are done, rental rates will change.

Watermark said in a statement that the “vast majority of residents will be eligible for extensions, allowing up to 1 year before relocating.”

“We recognize the fact that this news has a great impact on residents, families and associates and pledge to support them throughout the process,” Watermark said.

L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz is planning to fight it.

“The law may allow Watermark to do this... but it’s still the wrong thing to do and I can’t support it,” Koretz said in a statement.

Koretz is planning to stop or delay the evictions.