GALVESTON — A League City man is suing a landlord, alleging his security deposit was only partially retained after a Texas City rental property sustained hurricane-related damages.
Brent Labs filed a complaint March 7 in Galveston County District Court against Mike Laird, alleging violation of the Texas property code, wrongful retention of a security deposit..
According to the complaint, on April 1, 2017, Labs took out a lease of the property at 7314 Mockinbirg Lane, Texas City for a monthly payment of $1,250. The suit states on Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Galveston area, and the plaintiff had to evacuate his Texas City property for safety reasons.
The home accumulated 3 to 5 inches of water and was deemed uninhabitable, the lawsuit states. The plaintiff, who currently lives in League City, says he reported the damages to Laird who said they would make the necessary repairs.
The defendant, the suit says, then invoiced the plaintiff for the repairs to the property and failed to return the Labs' entire security deposit.
Labs seeks a jury trial, damages up to $100,000 attorney fees and all just relief. He is represented by attorneys Leah Buenick Nommesen and Brea J. Matthews of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston.
Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0386