Landlord sues Roadmap bar for rent, damages

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The owner of the property occupied by the Roadmap bar on East Street in Miller County, Ark., wants the business to move out, according to a complaint filed in circuit court.

Jeffrey and Joyce Dennington filed a complaint against Danny Davison doing business as the Roadmap in Miller County circuit court. The complaint accuses Davison of failing to keep the building clean and in good repair and of failing to pay rent and liquor taxes.

The complaint alleges Davison hasn’t repaired a broken window or fixed an ailing air conditioner in violation of the five-year lease he signed Oct. 1, 2016. Bricks were removed from the front of the building and replaced with plywood without the landlord’s consent and the front and rear of the building have not been kept clear of trash and debris, according to the complaint.

The Denningtons attached a Feb. 1 letter to the complaint which gave Davison three days to vacate and demands payment of $112,000, the total of all rent which would eventually be owed under the lease. According to the complaint, Davison continues to occupy the building and hasn’t paid rent in two months. The complaint also alleges the Roadmap hasn’t paid a five percent city tax on liquor sales since October 2013.

The Denningtons are asking for an award of lost rent and damages for repairs needed to the building. Davison has not filed a response to the Dennington’s complaint. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Brent Haltom.

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