ASSOCIATED SHOPPING CENTER PROPERTIES, LTD. v. EDWARD H. HODGE ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. March 23, 2011)
The issue in this commercial real estate lease dispute is whether the individual defendants are additional lessees and, thus, personally liable under the lease. Plaintiff, the lessor of retail space, filed this action against the three defendants when the limited liability company, Decor Fabrics, LLC, a lessee, breached the lease by failing to pay rent for the term of the lease. The individual defendants denied liability, asserting that Decor Fabrics, LLC, was the only lessee.
The trial court found that the lease unambiguously identifies each of the individual defendants as additional lessees and assessed damages against them for breach of the lease, including the plaintiff's attorneys fees. Only one of the defendants appealed. He asserts that the trial court erred by finding the lease unambiguous as to the identify of the lessee(s) and by failing to consider the parties' conduct to conclude that Decor Fabrics, LLC, was the only lessee. We affirm.
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