Cleveland Bathhouse chokes on $20,000 paycheck to avoid losing its lease

CHICAGO — Bathhouse chomps on a $20k paycheck to keep its lease intact.

The owner of the upscale Chicago bathhouse said it had to do what it had been told to do to keep the lease on its property in a downtown area that’s seen a surge in new construction in recent years.

Bath House’s lease ends March 1.

Its owner, John DeSimone, said the money he’s been saving for a down payment on a new house was enough to cover the cost of paying rent for the next four years.

“We’re trying to do the right thing, and we’re trying not to leave the community without a roof over our heads,” DeSimones told CBS Chicago’s WLS-TV.

“The lease ends in three months, so I just thought, let’s save the money for that.”

Bathhouses are often an option for people who can’t afford to live in apartments.

DeSimons lease runs through March 31, 2019, and the owner said he doesn’t plan to extend the lease.