AMY Duggar and her husband, Dillon King, have been sued by the landlord of their former store for unpaid rent, as they fired back by accusing him of trashing the boutique.
The Sun can exclusively reveal the landlord of the original store, Hillcrest Holdings LLC, sued the couple for failing to pay rent.
According to court documents obtained by The Sun, Amy and Dillon entered into a five-year lease agreement on October 8, 2018, for $3,332.83 a month.
On June 1, 2019, the couple added a second suite to the lease agreement, as rent increased to $6,665.66 a month until May 31, 2024.
The complaint read: “3130 occupied the premises until August 2021 at which time it vacated the premises which constitutes a default of the Lease and Amendment and a breach of contract.
“3130 failed to make the required monthly rent payments to the plaintiff as required by the Lease and Amendment after June 2021.”
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The landlord requested unpaid rent from June 2021, plus court costs, interest and attorney’s fees.
Amy and Dillon responded to the lawsuit by admitting they vacated the premises in August 2021, but insisted the landlord was the one who “committed a prior material breach of the Lease and Agreement.”
The response read: “To the extent that there was not a prior material breach, Defendants detrimentally relied on Plaintiff’s representation that there would not be future damages sought if Defendants paid outstanding rental amount, which Plaintiff was to provide and did not.”
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Amy and Dillon then filed a counterclaim against the landlord.
They argued that according to the lease, they had a Tenant Improvement allowance in the amount of $31,250 for contractors to improve the leased space.
Any cost over the agreed amount would be paid by Amy and Dillon.
In late 2018, the landlord hired a general contractor to perform renovations on the two suites.
The court papers claimed: “Landlord then deducted those charges from 3130, LLC’s Tenant Improvement allowance and charged Counterclaimants for, what was represented to be, all costs in excess of the allowance.”
They were allegedly charged $66,486, including late fees.
The papers continued to claim: “However, Counterclaimants did not receive any supporting invoices at the time of the charges.
“Upon information and belief, Landlord charged Counterclaimants in excess of the amounts actually charged by [the contractor] or other contractors in violation of the Lease and Amendment.
“Landlord also charged Counterclaimants for work performed at units other than Suites B or C, or for work that benefitted all units at 7321 West Sunset that were not to be charged as part of the TI allowance agreement.”
Amy and Dillon also mentioned how the landlord allegedly broke the agreement by failing to provide adequate trash services.
The court papers claimed: “The dumpsters were always overfilled and overflowing. When finally emptied, they would fill up almost immediately by other tenants.
“It was clear to Counterclaimants that they needed more dumpster space.
“To add insult to injury, Counterclaimants paid for these inadequate trash services as part of the utilities for the Premises. But because ‘trash service’ is under the definition of ‘common areas,’ Landlord is contractually required to maintain the dumpster areas.”
Amy and Dillon claimed their complaints were ignored by the landlord.
The court papers continued that things then took a “disturbing turn.”
The counterclaim alleged: “On or about May 27, 2021, Defendants were shocked to discover that the leased space had been broken into and trash had been thrown away.
“Even more shocking, upon review of their security camera footage, Counterclaimants discovered that the owner of Hillcrest Holdings, was the person that, without notice or warning, broke into 3130 Clothing.
“On the day in question, [the owner] – in an apparent fit of rage – unlawfully broke into 3130 Clothing and trashed Defendants’ store. [He] can be seen throwing garbage – such as cardboard boxes– and other rubbish throughout the store with little regard for the damage and mess he left in his wake.”
The documents continued: “As a direct and proximate result of Landlord’s breaches of the parties’ Lease and deprivation of the peace and quiet enjoyment of the premises through the break in, Counterclaimants were forced to relocate 3130 Clothing to safer, less intrusive pastures.”
They claimed they “lost substantial revenue” during the relocation period and were forced to pay “substantial relocation costs.”
They are demanding a jury trial.
The landlord responded to the counterclaim by denying the allegations, but admitting he “returned several boxes the defendants had previously dumped on the property to the inside of their premises.”
The landlord requested the counterclaim be dismissed.
The case remains ongoing.
Amy and Dillon’s second store in Rogers, Arkansas has also closed down.
Amy previously told The Sun of her store, which is now completely online: “It has grown so much online that we were like, ‘Why am I here in store if I don’t have to be?’ I can be with my son more. That’s the most important thing to me.
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“We’re online, we’re rebranding the website. I’ve worked with my vendors to get even lower prices. Same exact beautiful quality, but lower prices. I worked hard learning about different vendors and the quality of things. I haven’t strayed from that.
“Thirty1Thirty is for the everyday mom and millennial. You can wear them to church, out. It’s comfortable. There are a lot of pockets in my dresses!”