Woman on fixed income loses $500 in search for new apartment

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Five hundred dollars is a lot of money to lose when you live on a fixed income. A South St. Louis woman said her apartment search took a big chunk of her savings. Contact 2's Bonita Cornute has more on what she lost.

She never signed a lease but the woman lost five hundred dollars. She's still waiting for the promised refund

This South St. Louis woman said her apartment search took her to a small complex near Jefferson Barracks. Despite no vacancies, the property manager allegedly told Angel Wolfer in order to rent the next available unit she'd have to pay five hundred dollars to hold it.

After leaving Parkside Apartments Angel continued her search and the same day she found something nicer and less expensive.

That was in February and Angel has still not seen that refund, nor has anyone responded to our phone calls or my visit.

Our efforts to secure a refund for Angel will not stop.   But people looking for an apartment should use caution when a landlord asks for money to hold a unit.   That's truly risky business.