I own an LLC which is a tanning salon and spa in manatee county. The location has been active for 10 years. This summer we missed a couple of rent payments. Never more than 90 days late. Around Sept the 1st we sent the landlord a proposal with a very definitive action plan on how to address rent arrears and continue to make timely rent payments. We received no response from our landlord, nor did they take any legal action at that time. After a quiet period, we paid our rent in Oct. and shortly after the 1st of the month, we received a 3 day notice. 3 days passed with no communication from the landlord. We have repeatedly asked the landlords current rep for a ledger so we can determine the current arrears due, and again, no response. Today, Monday, we were served an eviction
summons giving us 5 days before they evict us. The document filed with the court and copied to us did not have a detailed statement of accounting showing where they have the dollar amount of damages
requested in court. Our question is; should we retain legal counsel to prevent any disruption of our business operation and what immediate steps can we take with legal representation to delay or eliminate this lawsuit as we are fully committed to bringing the arrears current on our rent. We were served today Monday. We need advice on what emergency measures we can lawfully take to delay or eliminate this lawsuit.
JA: Can you tell me what state the LLC is registered in?
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: the papers we were served with today shows the lawsuit filed in manatee county last week.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: yes we have been asking for a current ledger to show past rent due and they have not responded.