Property company suing state programs for limiting the amount of rent they can charge

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 5, 2012

Charles V. Musso, Jr.

BATON ROUGE – A Lake Charles property owner has filed suit against a few state programs for limiting the amount of rent they can charge per month.

Charleston Properties, LLC filed suit in the 19th Judicial District Court against the Office of Community Development and the Small Rental Property Program of the State of Louisiana on May 22. Charleston Properties claims they entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs stating they could charge $674 a month for their apartments.

The plaintiff alleges that after the agreement was signed they were notified that the maximum they could charge was actually $494 per month. Charleston Properties asserts they appealed the decision to the Road Home Program and to the Community Development State Appeals Review Panel, but were denied.

The defendants are accused of breaching the original contract and refusing to disclose any agreement or law that would allow them to reduce the rent.

The plaintiff seeks to hold the defendants to the terms allegedly set for in the original contract.

Charleston Properties is represented by attorney Charles V. Musso, Jr. of Lake Charles.

The case has been assigned to Division Judge D Janice Clark.

Case number 612349.

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