Manager sues owner of renovated Rockland apartments

By Stephen Betts | Nov 04, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts James Leach of Jimmy's Rentals is pictured here in front of the Lindsey Street apartments in March while renovations were ongoing.

Rockland — A real estate and construction management company has placed a lien and filed a lawsuit against the owner of a downtown apartment complex that underwent a major overhaul earlier this year.

Jimmy's Rentals, LLC filed a lawsuit Oct,. 25 in the Knox County Court against 18 Lindsey Street, LLC and its owner Evan McKeith of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Jimmy Rentals became manager of the 16-unit apartment complex at 18 Lindsey St. in August 2018 after reaching a written agreement with McKeith, according to the lawsuit.

In February 2019, the parties agreed that Jimmy's Rentals would provide construction services and renovate the complex.

The lawsuit claims McKeith has failed to pay for the work and owes Jimmy's Rentals $72,280.

The management company seeks that money as well as interest, attorneys' fees, and related court costs.

McKeith has yet to file a response to the lawsuit.

Jimmy's Rentals is represented by attorney Dana Strout of Rockport. McKeith could not be reached for comment.

James Leach of Jimmy's Rentals discussed the major renovation project for an article published in March in the Courier-Gazette.

Leach said the renovations were part of re-branding the apartments that had a less than desirable reputation with many police calls to the Lindsey Street apartments.

The overhaul included a complete renovation of the interiors of the 1977-built building. The flooring was replaced. Shaker-style cabinets and woodwork were installed. Larger windows were installed and the solid exterior doors were replaced with doors that have a window.

LED lighting and new plumbing, along with stainless-steel appliances, were also part of the renovated apartment complex.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Nov 05, 2019 12:06

so much for affordable housing...



Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 04, 2019 20:32

According to Google there is a David Evan McKeith in Jackson, Wyoming who owns Westland Plumbing, LLC in Jackson, POBox 9305. The company was founded in 1995 and is located at 890 S. Hwy 89 Ste 5 in  Jackson. He has 3 employees and grosses $253,337.00 per year. 4 people share $253 thousand. Sounds like he might have run out of money Jimmy. Good luck. Could this be your man?

 



Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 04, 2019 20:16

The out of town guy should be please that someone did all that work for on $79,000 and brought a slum area back to life. Heck, today, $79,000 buys a pickup truck with no doors or tires. Sounds like this was a bargin. Then again, he probably treads people back home the same way.



Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 04, 2019 17:04

In many cases it is the contractor that cheats the homeowner/landlord. I know a contractor that took me for $36,000, bad boy.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 04, 2019 15:55

Gotta love these high rollers from away. He probably took lessons from  the POTUS.



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