Angry residents of a senior citizens’ community say they have to pay up to $1,000 more due to “skyrocketing insurance premiums” – with one resident reportedly being forced to sell their home.
Hundreds of condo owners in Pembroke Pines, Fla., turned up at a community meeting on Wednesday demanding an explanation for the staggering monthly increase, but were denied entry.
Footage shows elderly men and women waiting patiently outside the Century Village Pembroke Pines Clubhouse.
Resident Dilsa Bressler discussed the chaotic scenes.
She said, “They said, ‘Oh, it’s crowded, so you can’t go in,’ and they started closing the doors, so they wanted to go in, but they wouldn’t let anyone in.”
“And we’re talking about really, really old people.”
As tensions erupted, more than a dozen Pembroke Pines police officers were called to the scene, but no injuries were reported. NBC Miami reported.
No injuries were reported.
“A security guard – and he was one of the supervisors there – he was a big guy and he grabbed this little old man and lifted him up and threw him into the street like he was a rag doll,” said resident Joe Hutchinson. “I could not believe it!”
Century Village called the homeowners’ meeting to discuss “skyrocketing insurance premiums,” which would mean homeowners would have to pay an extra $100 to $200 a month.
For many, the surcharges would mean residents having to spit out money they just don’t have, Hutchinson included.
“Now it’s over $700 a month that we pay in HOA fees alone, and they’re going to increase that to $1,000 a month.
“We have no choice but to sell. In fact, I just put my house on the market 10 minutes ago.”
Most residents of the over 55-year-old community are pensioners.
Currently, some are just trying to make ends meet.
“They don’t have a plan B. They barely make a living every month. Seeing how to buy groceries, how to do this, how to do that,” Dilsa said.
The US Sun has reached out to Century Village for comment.