A Port Arthur man has filed suit against the co-owner of his property, alleging she owes him more than $5,000 for a down payment he made on the real estate.

Joseph P. Lynn claims he paid $14,000 for a down payment on the property on Howe Street in Groves. Lynn and defendant Rachel M. McCain both own the real estate, which is worth about $86,110, according to the complaint filed Feb. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

In return for the $14,000 Lynn paid for the down payment, he claims the defendant has reimbursed him about $8,000.

"Plainitff requests recovery of the balance of $6,000," the suit states. "Defendant owes him for the down payment and a pro rata share of such expenditures and enhancement from the other cotenant or, alternatively, that the value of such contribution be awarded to Plaintiff by allocating real property of a proportionately higher value upon a partition in kind."

In addition to the money he claims he is owed, Lynn is asking the court to determine his share in the property, to declare that the piece of real estate is susceptible to partition, to direct the issuance of a writ of partition and to determine that McCain owes Lynn one-half of real estate taxes Lynn paid from April 1, 2005, through the date of the judgment. In addition, Lynn is seeking costs, interest and other relief the court deems just.

P. Dean Brinkley and Alicia K. Hall of Chamber, Templeton and Brinkley will be representing him.

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

Case No. B191-892

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