Woman claims landlord took wheelchair ramp

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 20:45:32-04

DENVER — For 40-year-old Stephanie Leschen who has a degenerative nerve condition, her wheelchair is what's left of her independence.

“I'm losing more of my mobility. I have no feelings in my legs and my shoulder,” said Leschen.

Leschen says she can't go in and out of her home on her own without her ramp.

“I need this ramp to go into places and to go into my house to be able to have accessibility to my home,” said Leschen.

Last month, Stephanie and her family of four had to move out of their home because they could no longer afford the rent. 

They initially had plans to move into a new home with cheaper rent, but it turned out to be a scam.

Leschen said they moved into a shelter and asked their former landlord if they could leave the wheelchair ramp behind and pick it up later. 

“We left on good terms. We shook hands, and he said he would keep the ramp," said Leschen.  

But when Leschen says she texted her landlord telling him they are ready to pick up the ramp, her landlord told her that he got rid of it.

Denver7 was able to get a hold of the landlord, and he says he’s asked Leschen to pick it up shortly after she moved out, but she never did. He says he is not obligated to store the ramp indefinitely.

The landlord says he didn't throw the ramp in the trash and is willing to meet to give Stephanie the chance to pick it up on Thursday.

“I'll get the ramp, and I’ll make sure it gets to them,” said the landlord.