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Brandon used-car dealer accuses landlord of fraudulently leasing county land

in Local Courts by
Al Kadesky

After being coaxed into signing a lease, a used-car dealer found out a portion of the property leased to him was, in fact, owned by Hillsborough County.

The lease stated that the property at 408 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon would be used as an auto sales lot, but the parcel couldn’t be a functional auto sales lot without the land owned by the county.

Dealer Al Kadesky entered a lease agreement in October 2013 with landlord Blake Tyler, a Brandon resident. The lease included access to an office within the building located on the property, the lot south of the building, and an area behind the building where additional cars to be stored.

The south lot was set to be used with the purpose of displaying cars to the passing traffic. However, shortly after repairing the property, Kadesky was informed by Hillsborough County that Tyler had sold that portion of the property to the county years prior. Train company CSX Transportation owns the lot located south of the vacant land.

Kadesky is suing Tyler on three counts for breach, fraud and fraudulent concealment.

When showing the property to Kadesky, Tyler informed him that the only restricted areas were a manhole that was marked by four poles and an office within the building. Kadesky asked that Tyler repair and improve the property by adding windows to the building and adding lighting to the lot.

Kadesky spent money on securing the property and conditioning it for use. In the suit, Kadesky claims Tyler is refusing to return the deposit. Now, he is spending more funds to take Tyler to court. He seeks damages more than $15,000.

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