Landlord sues tenant for not providing air conditioning repairs after Katrina

Kyle Barnett Jul. 18, 2012, 7:36am

M. Claire Durio

GRETNA – A landlord has sued a tenant of a commercial property for allegedly not repairing and maintaining its unit in violation of contract.

27th Street, LLC filed suit against Krebs, Lasalle, Lemieux Consultants, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 29.

27th Street claims the lease agreement it executed with the defendants, who were tenants at a building located at 3013 27th Street in Metairie, stipulated that the tenants would be responsible for any necessary maintenance or repairs on the unit. The plaintiff alleges that two HVAC heating units were damaged by rainwater during Hurricane Katrina and that the plaintiff delivered an insurance check in July 2006 to the defendants in the amount of $7,778.93 to have the unit repaired.

27th Street asserts that despite voluntarily providing funds for the repairs, the repairs were never completed which resulted in the HVAC units needing complete replacement in November 2011 at a cost of $17,574.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for beach of the lease, attorney's fees and general and equitable relief.

The plaintiff is being represented by M. Claire Durio of New Orleans-based Simon, Peragrine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Patrick J. McCabe.

Case no. 716-565.

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