Elderly woman lived 5 years in cellar
8 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Shocking reports emerged over slum tenancy in Brussels on Tuesday in which an 82-year-old woman had been forced to live a cellar for five years.
8 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Shocking reports emerged over slum tenancy in Brussels on Tuesday in which an 82-year-old woman had been forced to live a cellar for five years.
The woman, of Schaarbeek, lived in the damp cellar without electricity, warm water and sanitation for five years.
She paid her landlord EUR 200 per month. A legal complaint has since been lodged against the landlord, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.
The woman initially lived on the ground floor of the Brussels apartment, but the owner forced her into the cellar during renovations.
When the renovations were finished, the woman claims Russians moved into her ground-floor apartment.
Forced to stay in the cellar, the woman said she kept cats to keep the rats at bay.
She was only recently moved temporarily to the ground floor of the building following police intervention.
The renters association is now searching for a new home for the 82-year-old.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news