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Retirement home charges family of dead woman $7,000 because she failed to notify them of her plans to move out

By Mason White 11:44 AM June 19, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A family in Canada, was sent a bill of thousands of dollars after an 87-year-old woman died before notifying her retirement facility of her plans to move out.

Margaret Benn of Nova Scotia, lived at the Berkeley Gladstone retirement facility until her death.

When her daughter went to clean her apartment, the family learned that they had to pay $7,000 because Margaret failed to notify them a month before moving out of her apartment.

The Benn family calls the charge crazy, but the retirement facility is defending the bill, saying that the contract clearly states that there is a requirement to notify management one month before leaving an apartment.

Margaret Benn had only been admitted to the hospital four days before she died. Luckily, Berkeley Gladstone was able to rent out the apartment so they gave the family a discount of $1,000 on their bill.

Berkeley Gladstone said in a statement that their guidelines make sense from a business perspective.