Landlord Goes After Tenant for Decades-Old Lease Violation

What Happened: Eight years after moving in, a grocery store tenant renewed its lease in 2003 and wound up staying another 12 years. But as with all long-term relationships, there were disagreements. Issues in this tenancy that had lain dormant for 20 years surfaced just five days before the lease was due to expire when the landlord sued the tenant for failing to make its required tax payments. The key question: Had the statute of limitations expired by then? The jury didn’t think so and awarded the landlord $38,558 in damages.

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