Family says the company refuses to refund beach rental for 27 people – despite the ban on closing groups of 10
A Michigan family has said a company refuses to refund $ 10,000 they paid for a beachside rental for 27 people, despite Virginia closing meetings of more than 10 and four of the group who are coronavirus sick , prohibits.
Karen Budzinski, 63, was left without a penny after Sandbridge Realty reportedly refused to refund the payment for the 12-bedroom oceanfront mansion in Sandbridge she had booked for her five children, their partners and 15 grandchildren.
The distraught grandmother denounced the company for refusing to repay the money at a time when the family was severely affected by the corona virus, with Budzinski, her husband Gary, daughter and son-in-law all contracting the deadly infection.
While Gary is still battling pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, several other family members have pre-existing health problems that make them more vulnerable to death if they get the disease from them.
Budzinski also said of her shock that the company would encourage the family to go on vacation as a group of 27 – which would be illegal under state closing rules.
The Budzinski family has said that Sandbridge Realty is refusing to refund $ 10,000 they paid for a beachside rental for 27 of them, despite Virginia closing meetings of more than 10 and four of the group who are coronavirus sick , prohibits.
“I’m not going to endanger myself and my family if it’s not safe for them or others,” she said The Virginian Pilot.
Budzinki said she planned the week-long vacation in the popular beach community so the family could spend quality time together.
When the outbreak broke out in the United States, she asked Sandbridge Realty to move her booking to the same week next year, but was told she could only rebook for 2020.
She said the family will be unavailable for the rest of the year – in part because she and her siblings now have to take care of her 84-year-old mother who recently had emergency lung surgery.
The family vacation scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in May would also be illegal under the state of Virginia’s shelter.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued the order to ban indoor and outdoor meetings of 10 or more as of March 24 and has since extended it to June 10 as the state struggles to control the virus.
Oceanfront homes in Sandbridge offer a popular vacation spot in Virginia. The family had booked the week-long Memorial Day vacation in a 12-bedroom oceanfront mansion through rental company Sandbridge Realty
Sandbridge Realty has reportedly refused to refund the payment even though the holiday would be illegal under state rules to close, banning gatherings of 10 or more people until June 10
Sunbathing on the beach is also prohibited, although Northam stopped banning vacation rentals altogether.
But the city of Virginia Beach has urged Sandbridge to stop renting out its luxury beachfront homes and condos, warning the company that violating meeting rules is punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a maximum fine of $ 2,500.
“Many of you have cautiously chosen to end the rental of your property during this time,” acting city manager Tom Leahy said in a letter to the bosses of Sandbridge on April 2.
“I encourage you to keep doing this, because this action can save lives and minimize the duration of this emergency.”
The family now faces the impossible choice to break state law and risk their safety during the pandemic or lose a staggering $ 10,000.
“They tell people from Michigan to come against the orders of the governor in their state,” Budzinski told the pilot.
“It is illegal to have 27 people in that house now. To infiltrate our family of 27 people into your town and shops, I think they also open their fellow virgins to danger. ‘
The ailing vacationer added that she is ‘appalled by the rental company’s’ unwillingness ‘to work with us.’
Karen Budzinski, 63, said her family has been severely affected by the coronavirus, and Budzinski, her husband Gary, daughter and son-in-law have all contracted the deadly infection. Gary is still struggling with pneumonia
The pilot said Sandbridge Realty, which manages more than 200 properties in the residential beach community, did not respond to requests for comment.
A statement on the company’s website says the rental is still going on amid the pandemic.
“If you arrive between now and June 10, you can expect to stay in your chosen property. Our housekeeping and maintenance staff has raised their professional standards to also include additional recommendations prepared by the CDC and WHO, ”it says.
“We follow this unprecedented situation closely and we listen carefully to all our guests and owners.”
Budzinski has also turned to her travel insurance company, Generali Global Assistance, but said she has not returned her claim claim.
The website states that some plans do not cover losses that occur on or after March 11, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
The family’s situation is similar to that of many Americans after several travel insurance companies said they will not cover cancellations related to the corona virus.
Virginia has 9,630 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 324 people have died, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
In the United States, more than 42,000 Americans have been killed by the virus and more than 800,000 have been infected.