Shop owner sues landlord claiming improper work on roof caused water damage

Kyle Barnett Jul. 26, 2012, 3:43am

Christopher M. Ordoyne

NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans shop owner is suing his landlord claiming damage to his property was caused by a contractor.

Tarik Ahmed filed suit against Downman Development, LLC, an anonymous contractor and their insurers in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 5.

Ahmed claims he has rented a commercial location at 2001 St. Bernard Ave. in New Orleans from Downman Development since 2007. The plaintiff alleges that an unknown contractor hired by Downman was doing work on the building who opened large holes in the roof of the plaintiff's shop. After opening the holes in the roof and not closing them the plaintiff asserts a heavy rain occurred and thousands of items within his store were ruined.

The defendant is accused of breaching the lease agreement.

An unspecified amount in damages in excess of $50,000 is sought in the amount of the maximum liability offered under insurance policies for both the landlord and the contractor.

Ahmed is represented by Christopher M. Ordoyne of Metairie-based Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robin M. Giarrusso.

Case no. 2012-06536.

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