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Erin Eberlin

U.K. Staff Saves Christmas for Grandma

By December 21, 2012

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Thieves attempted to ruin Christina Hewitt's Christmas, but the housing staff saved the day. Christina Hewiit is a tenant at a property owned by Northwards Housing in North Manchester, England. She is 87 years old and is terminally ill with lung cancer.

Her home was broken into by thieves who not only stole almost $1600 in savings, but also took almost $1000 in Christmas gifts which she had purchased for her grandchildren.

The story made local news. When employees at Northwards heard, they reached into their own pockets and donated money which allowed Hewitt to replace most of the stolen gifts. Groceries were also donated. The staff also stepped up security at Hewitt's apartment complex.

This is a feel-good Christmas story. It is nice to see property management stepping up to help out tenants in need, instead of merely following what is legally required of them. Hopefully we can all learn from gestures like these and pay-it forward this holiday season.

Suggested Reading:
When Does a Landlord Have the Right to Enter a Rental Unit?
Tenant Obligations Under Landlord-Tenant Law
Landlord Obligations Under Landlord-Tenant Law
Landlord Obligation to Maintain Premises
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