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Landlord sues former tenant over damage to rental property

By Kelly Holleran | May 1, 2012

A landlord claims one of his former tenants destroyed his property. Now, he is asking the court to order his tenant to repay him for costs he incurred.

Rickey Patin filed a lawsuit April 9 in Jefferson County District Court against Sanh Van Nguyen.

In his complaint, Patin alleges he rented a premises on Avenue B in Nederland to Nguyen beginning on Oct. 10, 2009. However, during the time Nguyen leased the premises, she destroyed it, according to the complaint.

Because of Nguyen's actions, Patin incurred out-of-pocket repair and replacement costs and lost his rental income, the suit states.

Patin alleges Nguyen breached her contract with him.

In addition to the money he says Nguyen owes him, Patin seeks direct and indirect consequential damages, court costs, exemplary damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

Rocky Lawdermilk of Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Case No. A192-283

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