Well it’s her fault for living on the 3rd/4th floor when she’s unable to walk properly. What would happen if there was a fire? We had a couple of old people who lived above us. She could hardly walk and her husband kept falling down the stairs and breaking his hip. (Nasty i know but if you’re 90 and can’t walk, why would you continue to live in a third storey flat with no lift access?)
Mort, this is Holland, more specifically west Holland. This is one of the most crowded parts of the world and has a serious housing problem. You just can’t change housing here that simple, unless you have money.
This old lady likely is on an AOW retirement, which means she cannot afford renting in the private sector, or buying. And here in this part of the country, if you want to apply for a rental house through the municipal agencies, you have waiting lists of years (I am waiting for 3 years now for a house change myself and probably have to wait another few years). “Urgency status” are seldom awarded, and when (as it seems) her appartement building normaly has a working elevator, would certainly not be granted.