The Tampa Bay Times is trying to get its hands on nearly $90,000 owed for rental space. The Times has been renting part of its Ashley Drive building in Tampa to Southeastern Document Services for several years.
Now the Times is suing the photocopy company for failing to pay its rent for more than a year. It says Southeastern owes them $88,000.
The Times reportedly issued a three-day notice to Southeastern to pay up or vacate the building. The company did neither.
Now the Times is suing for the money owed plus legal fees and is asking the tenant to be evicted.
Southeastern Document Services is co-owned by Ken and Harold McKee.
The lawsuit comes as the Times is facing its own financial woes. The paper has been trying to liquidate properties all over the Bay area, including its main headquarters in Downtown St. Pete.
They also gave up naming rights to the stadium where the Tampa Bay Lightning play.
The Tampa Bay Times took out a high-risk loan for $28 million from a Boston-based lender. The loan is due in full by the end of next year. The company hopes the sale of its flagship offices will cover the amount due.