A St. Clair County realty business claims its tenant abandoned the leased property located in the Granite City Wal-Mart shopping center.

Granite Sand Realty LLC filed a lawsuit on April 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Simar Investment Inc., Popatlal S. Patel and Madhuben Popatlal Patel of Caseyville, alleging liability in a September 2013 Madison County property dispute.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff leased a suite in its Wal-Mart Plaza Shopping Center in Granite City to a third party in January 2003 who, with the plaintiff and defendants, executed an amendment adding the Patels as additional lessees in May 2007.

The complaint states that the amendment provided for a fixed minimum annual rent of $28,080, exclusive of taxes, insurance, fees or expenses.

The suit states that the lease was extended until March 31, 2015, with the defendants’ total monthly rent inclusive of taxes, assessments and insurance totaling $2,939.14. The plaintiff also claims the defendants agreed to pay late fees.

The plaintiff contends that the last payment received was on Sept. 1, 2013. It accuses the defendants of defaulting on their rent and abandoning the leased premises. The plaintiff says they remain liable for continued payments and fees.

Granite Sand Realty seeks damages in the amount of $53,239.52, plus pre-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, and costs. The company is represented by Sarah Hugg-Turner of Lashly & Baer in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-233

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