Ferreira v. Oxford Realty & Trust, LLC et al.
Worcester Superior Court
Our office filed suit on behalf of a commercial tenant in Milford, who operated a diner on the premises and had contracted to purchase the property after a short-term rental. Under the parties’ original purchase and sale agreement, the tenant had deposited approximately 23% of the purchase price during her rental term. After closing on the property was forestalled due to outstanding requests for c. 21E (hazardous waste) documentation, the property owner refused a short-term extension of closing and demanded some $65,000 more from our client in order to purchase the property.
Our office filed suit in Superior Court for specific performance of the purchase and sale agreement or, in the alternative, the return of deposits paid by our client pursuant to the purchase and sale agreement. We successfully obtained a preliminary injunction from the Worcester Superior Court (1) precluding the owner from selling the property until our litigation was concluded, (2) consolidating any eviction action subsequently filed by the owner with our suit and (3) establishing a temporary monthly rent for the property that was approximately 25% of what the owner was seeking.
The defendant soon returned to court with a request to modify the Court’s rent order. On behalf of our client, we obtained a commercial real estate expert to assess the property in question and draft a report on the property’s fair market value. The defendant’s modification request was denied. The defendant then filed a summary process action to evict our client from the premises, however, our suit for specific performance and the injunctive order previously entered by the court precluded this action from being expedited for trial.
Faced with a compromised rent order, increasing litigation costs and significant legal exposure, the defendant property owner agreed to convey the property to our client on highly favorable terms, including the credit of all deposits previously paid. An expedited closing on the property was consummated within days of reaching agreement.