CLAIM: Homeowner Had No Idea What Tenant Did, Until Water Heater Burst…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A home in Delray Beach was apparently trashed by a tenant to the point that garbage was hanging from lighting fixtures and the home itself was ”unsanitary.” That’s the claim in a lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
According to the suit, Mark and Deborah Paris rented the house in the 16000 block of Poppyseed Circle in Delray Beach which is near American Heritage School and behind the Publix shopping center. The Paris’ took possession of the home in July of 2015 and regularly renewed the lease. But in February of 2021, property owners David and Pamela Finkelstein learned from a neighbor that water was leaking from the home they believed was being occupied by Mark and Deborah Paris. The Finkelsteins entered the home and, according to the filing, couldn’t believe what they saw.
“Upon retaking possession of the property,” wrote attorneys in the complaint, “landlord discovered Tenant caused substantial damage and waste to the Property, including, but not limited to, the following items: damage to blinds; missing parts to blinds; damage to wall outlets; mold on wall in the garage; damage/stains on walls and ceilings; damage to cabinets; scorches and stains on the oven; refrigerator with mold and damage to seals; damage to dishwasher; miss-colored paint on walls and doors; deeply stained carpeting; garbage in lighting fixtures; damage to the banister; areas in unclean and unsanitary condition; damage to closet doors; damage to clothes washing machine and dryer; missing dryer lint catcher; missing panels; scratches on door frames; discolored walls; broken tile; damage to outer electrical box; damage to screens; excessive dust around air conditioning unit; unsanitary conditions underneath appliances; and damage to the bathroom and closet walls.”
As the Finkelsteins investigated, they learned that Mark and Deborah Paris apparently had vacated the property and were letting their daughter and granddaughter live there. They are now all accused of these lease breaches:
“Creating environmental hazards; destroying, damaging, and removing parts of the Property; altering the Property; failing to remove garbage in a clean and sanitary manner; failing to replace/maintain air conditioning filter; failing to use air-conditioning and appliances in a reasonable manner; failing to keep the Property in a clean and sanitary condition; failing to keep plumbing fixtures in clean, sanitary, and in repair; failing to notify Landlord of required service on appliances; failing to return gate clicker and key; failing to perform Tenant’s obligations in good faith; and allowing guests to stay at the Property for more than seven nights in a calendar month.”
Despite the allegations, the Paris family disputed the Finkelsteins’ claim to their security deposit. Now, David and Pamela Finkelstein are suing — not just for the security deposit but all of the damage. It’s estimated to be worth more than $30,000, the statutory minimum for filing a suit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
Mark and Deborah Paris did not file an immediate response to the suit, which you can read below.
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