Landlord: Soldier on leave can’t stay at wife’s apartment for Christmas

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CENTRAL, S.C. – It’s something a lot of servicemen and women dream about during the holidays.

Recently, a soldier returned home to South Carolina to be with his wife and newborn baby.

It was supposed to be a happy reunion, but the apartment complex’s landlord won’t let him stay in the home.

Sgt. William Bolt thought his reunion with his wife, Lily, would be happy but he never expected this.

“Fear of the cops being called and trying to arrest me,” he said.

Lily’s landlord at the Groves Apartment Complex said since his name is not on the lease, he can’t stay on the premises.

“If I don’t vacate the premises, he’s gonna tow my vehicle and press charges against me for criminal trespassing and then double charge rent,” Bolt said.

The landlord says Lily signed a contract, which states that all visitors have to be out after seven days.

“He stated to me that he didn’t care about our situation. He didn’t care about me being in the military,” Sgt. Bolt said.

Bolt and his wife say the lease agreement is too vague and an attorney agrees.

“It is very unclear. I do believe he would likely have a very difficult time enforcing this provision based on the vagueness of it and due to the fact that this officer is her spouse,” said Amber Foster, an attorney.

Bolt says his wife could be evicted if she doesn’t comply.

“I’m stationed in Missouri and we haven’t seen each other in six months. What’s the problem with me visiting my wife?” he said.

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