News 4 helps woman with medical problems get new apartment

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 5:00 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A St. Louis woman who lives in constant pain called News 4 after her landlord refused to let her out of her apartment lease because of medical issues.

 

William Mae Bass says just getting up and taking a step is an ordeal. She suffers from COPD, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

But her back pain is the worst.

“I have barely no cartilage in my back and (the steps outside my apartment), they gets to me, and I can’t walk up and down these steps,” she said.

Bass is talking about the steps to her second-floor apartment, both inside and out.

After she recently fell down the stops, he doctor said enough is enough.

“The doctor told me not to go up any more steps,” she said. “He gave me some papers for me to move out of this apartment and find me a place where there are no steps.”

But the landlord did not see eye-to-eye with the doctor.

“She’s telling me she’s not going to let me out of my lease,” Bass said.

So with moving boxes set aside, Bass stays put.

She said she offered to give up her security deposit and even pay an extra $100 to break the least.

Bass said she just wanted an opportunity to move to a place that is safer. She’d been trying work weeks to get an agreement.

After News 4 interviewed Bass, a representative with HUD called to say her landlord had a change of heart.

She’s now allowed to break her lease and move into a new apartment.

 

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