QUEENSBURY — Schermerhorm Real Estate Holdings has reversed its decision to charge the estate of a Queensbury man who died prior to moving in to a senior housing complex.
In a letter addressed to Post-Star Editor Ken Tingley, Maureen Dennis of Schermerhorn Management released the following statement:
“Given the unusual circumstances, we will provide the estate with a full refund and waive any additional charges. We are neither greedy nor insensitive. We are simply trying to follow the law and be fair in a very difficult situation, and we are sincerely trying to resolve this matter to the family’s satisfaction.”
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The issue at hand concerned Charles Stoddard, 84, who signed a lease in mid-August to move into The Willows in Queensbury in September. He wanted to be closer to his daughter, June Stoddard-Finemore, but he died Aug. 16, before that could happen.
He had never moved in. He died so soon after signing the lease, he’d never even gotten a key. But June was notified that Schermerhorn Real Estate Holdings would be billing Stoddard’s estate for rent and utilities on the apartment until someone else was found to fill it.
The Stoddard family shared their experience with The Post-Star’s news partner, WNYT-TV NewsChannel13, and in a Post-Star column written by Will Doolittle published Thursday.