A soldier who recently went to visit his wife in South Carolina and see the couple’s newborn baby for the first time claimed he was kicked out of her apartment by the building’s landlord because he overstayed the time allotted for visitors, according to a report.
Sgt. William Bullock, who is stationed in Missouri, told CNN-affiliate WHNS that he hadn’t seen his wife, Lily, in more than six months.
Two weeks ago, she gave birth to a little girl and he went to see them for the holidays.
But after a visit to her Central apartment that lasted more than a week, Bullock said he was told to leave the complex because of a contract provision that states visitors can’t stay past seven days, the South Carolina television station reported.
Bullock’s name is not on the lease.
“I’m stationed in Missouri and we haven’t seen each other in six months,” he said. “What’s the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?”
Bullock told the TV station the landlord had even threatened to press charges and increase his wife’s rent if he didn’t leave.
“If I don’t vacate the premises, he’s going to tow my vehicle and then press charges against me for criminal trespassing and then double charge rent,” Bullock said.
The landlord, who identified himself to the station only as “Chuck,” said Bullock’s wife agreed to the rule when she signed the contract, and that he enforces it for all tenants.
“He stated to me that he didn’t care about our situation, he didn’t care about me being in the military,” Bullock said.
In the meantime, the family was leaving South Carolina Saturday to visit relatives elsewhere.
According to WHNS, they were hoping at some point to sit down with the landlord and a mediator to figure out a solution to suit all parties.
CNN contributed to this story.