Ocala Steel Enterprises, facing multiple lawsuits, is now also embroiled in a rent dispute. Landlord Charles L. McLeod, Sr. sued the company for failing to pay $5,765 in rent and refusing to vacate the property, reports Ocala News. The company had signed a six-month lease for the property.
In the latest chapter of ongoing legal woes, Ocala Steel Enterprises finds itself in hot water over allegations of unpaid rent and squatting. Owned by Michael Thayson, the company is now facing eviction proceedings filed by its landlord, Charles L. McLeod, Sr., in Marion County court on October 16.
According to the filed complaint, Ocala Steel Enterprises had entered into a lease agreement with McLeod for the property located at 4596 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala. The lease, signed on July 28, was supposed to run through January 31, 2024. It specified a base rent of $13,800, payable in six equal monthly installments. Additionally, a security deposit of $1,200 was required.
McLeod alleges that the company "breached the lease" by not paying a total sum of $5,765 due on August 1. He supposedly served Ocala Steel Enterprises with a "notice to vacate" on October 10. Despite the notice, the company has allegedly refused to vacate the premises, prompting legal action.
The landlord is now seeking a judgment for possession of the property, along with covering the costs and attorney fees. This situation has added another layer of complexity to the legal challenges Ocala Steel Enterprises is currently facing.
Only a few weeks ago, the company was sued by a southeast Florida couple over a $70,000 payment for a building that was never constructed. Since the news broke about these legal entanglements, multiple local residents have come forward to share their own grievances with Ocala Steel Enterprises. At least two additional lawsuits have been filed against the company as a result.
This pattern of lawsuits and unsettled debts calls into question the operational ethics of Ocala Steel Enterprises. As it stands, the future of the company looks uncertain, especially when considering its repeated entanglement in various forms of litigation.
Ocala Steel Enterprises is spiraling into a web of legal issues, now including eviction for unpaid rent. The company’s continuous legal battles, both from landlord and customers, put its future and reputation at significant risk.