Suit aims to recover $74K from League City man

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 17, 2012

GALVESTON - In an effort to recover approximately $75,000 incurred from damages to leased property in Galveston County belonging to them, Barbara and Carl Valentino pursue legal action.

A lawsuit filed Dec. 13 in Galveston County District Court claims that League City resident Jeff Barosh, doing business as Lawn Rangers, is responsible for the damages in question and is in debt to the Valentinos in the amount of $74,658.40.

Court papers show the plaintiffs leased the subject premises in League City to Barosh in May 2006.

The agreement, which was in effect from May 1, 2006, to April 30, 2007, called for the defendant to use 50 percent of the warehouse and personal items contained in the property, however, the suit asserts he violated the lease by "actually" utilizing 100 percent without the complainants' consent.

Barosh eventually remained a tenant for about six years, vacating the property in the middle of the current lease term of May 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013, the original petition says.

It adds he failed to pay the $1,800 for the month of July.

After the respondent's departure, the plaintiffs conducted an inspection which revealed "numerous" damages including but not limited to a large amount of debris stored in the warehouse and on the acreage.

The Valentinos insist their discovery proves Barosh did not abide by the lease.

They gave him 30 days to remit payment to no avail as the respondent failed and refused to respond to their request, the suit says.

Attorney Christopher A. Gregg with Gregg & Gregg PC in Houston is representing the Valentinos.

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-CV-3102

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