Syracuse apartment complex requiring cable and internet subscription for tenants

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - 93 year-old World War II veteran Cal Hard spends a lot of his time by himself in his one bedroom Syracuse apartment. In his free time, he enjoys watching classic movies on cable. 

"Yeah, I love TV," Hard said. "I don't get around like I used to." 

Recently the complex Cal lives in, Westwood Apartments, was bought by a new owner, Barrington Residential. They sent a notice to all tenants saying they would be including a mandatory Time Warner Cable television and wireless internet package in their rent. 

The bundle costs $65 dollars, but it's not convenient for Cal. He previously negotiated his own special rate, which    also included phone service and premium cable channels for about the same price.

In a statement to NewsChannel 9, Barrington Residental said "It is our intention to enhance the quality of living for the residents at Westwood Apartments." They added the new bundle provides a "substantial savings" for renters. 

"When you have a home, it's where you feel safe," Mark Hard, Cal's son, said. "[This] almost becomes an invasion of privacy," he added. 

Cal hopes the complex's owners will consider an option that lets current tenants opt out of the program. He says many of his fellow rentals will have a difficult time meeting the extra cost. 

"Maybe I'm causing some trouble, but the way I think of it, the only way you get things done is by causing trouble," Hard said. 


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