Vet Will Keep Apartment After On Your Side Action

8:36 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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David Voss

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A resident at Christopher Towers in Columbia says right now age is more than a number, and will decide where he calls home next month.

"Next month is our renewal and they sent us a letter saying we've got 28 days to move out or they're kicking us out because I'm not 62," said resident David Voss.

Voss is a Navy veteran and has an amputated leg.

A month before he needed to renew his lease at the complex off Blossom Street in Columbia, a letter from the property manager said because Voss did not meet a minimum age requirement, he could not renew his lease.

"I've never been 62 since I moved in here and they knew that," Voss said.

Since Voss is an amputee, he is handicapped and according to his previous lease, his apartment could be leased to elderly OR handicapped.

Voss says because of his leg, he's handicapped and should be permitted to stay.

"They said you have to be 62 years old to live here or handicapped," Voss said.  "Well, I fall under the handicap because I'm only 57.  I'm not 62."

The On Your Side team called federal authorities at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for an explanation of Voss' eviction.

After our calls, a HUD spokesman said, "Mr. Voss will be permitted to stay.  This is based on the lease which states the tenant must be 62 years of age or handicapped.  As he is handicapped, he qualifies under the terms of the lease.  Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention."


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