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Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's Central apartment, landlord says

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The Bullock family says landlord won't let soldier husband stay at wife's apartment (Dec. 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Bullock family says landlord won't let soldier husband stay at wife's apartment (Dec. 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Family faces eviction from The Groves Apartments in Central (Dec. 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) Family faces eviction from The Groves Apartments in Central (Dec. 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Sergeant William Bullock is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

Bullock said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bullock's wife, Lily. 

"I'm stationed in Missouri and we haven't seen each other in six months. What's the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?" Bullock said.

The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.

Since Bullock's name is not on the lease, even though he is a spouse visiting, the landlord said he is not allowed to stay. Bullock said the landlord threatened to press charges and double his wife's rent if he stayed. 

"He stated to me that he didn't care about our situation, he didn't care about me being in the military," Bullock said.

Bullock said his wife is a Clemson University student and new mom. He fears she could be evicted.

FOX Carolina showed the agreement to an attorney, who said that provision is vaguely written, and said the landlord would have a hard time pressing charges, since the person visiting is the tenant's husband.

On Saturday, Bullock said his wife finished final exams at Clemson and they would be going to visit family.

They are planning to arrange to sit down with the landlord and a mediator to discuss how to change the lease to suit both parties. Bullock said they are hoping to find legal representation or someone from the university who will act as a mediator.

Bullock said his concern is the well-being of his wife when his leave ends. He is concerned about the possibility Chuck will want to raise their rent substantially.

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