League City resident sues to recover security deposit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 20, 2012, 11:00am


GALVESTON - League City resident John McCollum has filed suit against Brooks Calavan and the Calavan Family Partnership in an effort to recoup a security deposit, recent court documents state.

A lawsuit filed Feb. 7 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 claims the defendants owe McCollum a $550 security deposit which he put down for rental property in Galveston on July 1, 2006.

The original petition shows the plaintiff first entered into a lease agreement with Thomas and Kathleen Bevans. The Bevans received the funds and then sold the home to the defendants, who entered into a subsequent rental agreement with McCollum on Dec. 10, 2007.

McCollum moved out on Feb. 1, 2010, and claims he emailed the defendants his forwarding address two days later.

He insists he complied with all terms, conditions and covenants of the rental agreement, but "the security deposit has not been refunded" though more than 30 days have elapsed.

The suit adds there was no damage to the property nor outstanding rent, contesting an email from the defendant that the deposit was totally absorbed in charges for repairs to the premises.

McCollum believes the defendants' failure to issue a refund was done in bad faith.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Duana Boswell-Loechel of Galveston is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 66,914

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