Building owner seeks $200,000 from former tenants

Kelly Holleran Apr. 5, 2010, 9:26am

The owner of a Port Arthur facility has filed suit against five corporations, alleging they failed to pay more than $200,000 in lease payments.

Boshakey claims it leased the premises at 3500 Regional Drive in Port Arthur to defendants Mega Bingo Association, The Association for the Retarded, St. Catherine of Siena School, P.A.T.C.H. of Jefferson County and the Knights of Columbus 5145 Nederland on May 15, 2009.

"The monthly lease included the lease of the premises, equipment, rental and cleaning and maintenance," the suit filed March 23 in Jefferson County District Court. "Plaintiff sent monthly invoices, initially gave a grace period for payment but when Defendants wholly failed to pay the lease, made demand for payment."

Around Oct. 21, 2009, Boshakey posted a notice to vacate to the defendants and they vacated the premises the same day, according to the complaint. However, the defendants never made a single lease payment, despite having posted receipts with the Texas Lottery Commission of about $1,734,000 during the period they leased the premises, the complaint says.

"The total amount due as of the date the Defendants abandoned the lease was $205,985," the suit states.

Boshakey alleges breach of contract against the defendants.

Boshakey is seeking a judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, judgment and granted judgment.

Bruce Gregory of the Gregory Law Firm in Port Neches will be representing it.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court: A186-369.

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