In the suit, DCH says Mathew signed a 7-year lease for office space in 2017. They claim he breached the deal by vacating the premises prior to the expiration of the lease.
Further, they accuse him of failing to make all the monthly payments due. The amount owed from the beach thru July 31 is the sum of $108,758.80. DCH was able to get another tenant in the space but at a lower monthly rate and “for a time period less than the remaining lease term for the defendant.”
As a result, the company says Mathew cost them a total of $282k in lost rent from August 1, 2021, through the lease expiration.
They are suing for $390k in damages. In response, Mathew’s company denied all allegations of wrongdoing and is demanding the suit be tossed. He then filed a countersuit against DCH accusing them of breach of contract. Music World says it deals with high-level execs and high-profile artists.
The company said they work on strict deadlines and is very dependent on scheduled events like televised interviews, photoshoots, and important meetings.
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Mathew says he choose the building for those reasons. However, he accuses the landlord of being the one to breach their deal. He claims to have notified DCH he was terminating the lease in June 2020.
Mathew’s company claims the landlord failed to properly maintain the premieres which caused a “disruptive working environment that detrimentally impaired Music World’s business operations.”
The countersuit points to several broken items in the offices along with leaks that damaged the office. Mathew also claims the water was turned off often, the air conditioning system was wonky and the toilets wouldn’t work for days which would result in “intolerable scents emanating throughout the office.”
He claims the building had numerous power outages and construction was constantly going on in the building that created an unacceptable noise level. Music World claims they were notified that it could no longer book events in the building. The company “depends heavily on the events it schedules with members of the entertainment industry.” The suit then accuses the building manager of saying he “does not want any Ni—-rs in the building.”
“In face, he has been repeatedly quoted using very derogatory language to several members of the black community who work in the building,’ the docs read. Music World says no changes were made despite complaints and therefore they terminated the lease.
Music World is demanding all claims be dismissed and the landlord be ordered to pay its attorney fees.