Woman says neighborhood association misled her about property purchase

Kelly Holleran Apr. 9, 2012, 8:00am

Ryan Gertz

A Travis County woman claims she bought a building and the land on which it was situated in Beaumont, but later discovered she only purchased the portable building.

Andrea Williams and A Personal Touch filed a lawsuit March 21 in Jefferson County District Court against Charlton Pollard Neighborhood Association.

Williams claims she paid $21,500 to the Charlton Pollard Neighborhood Association in an attempt to purchase the property at 710 Lincoln St. in Beaumont.

"Only after paying the $21,500 purchase price and after the execution of the warranty deed did Plaintiffs learn that Defendants did not, in fact, own the real property located at 710 Lincoln Street," the suit states. "In actuality, Defendants only owned the portable building situated on the property. Title to the real property is in fact held by the City of Beaumont."

Although Williams has demanded a refund of her money, Charlton Pollard Neighborhood Association has refused to repay her, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Williams alleges breach of contract, common law fraud, fraud in a real estate transaction and negligent misrepresentation against the association.

Williams seeks economic and actual damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus treble damages, attorneys' fees, costs, pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Ryan W. Gertz and Andrew P. Gertz of Gertz Adair Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-197

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