A mediation hearing is set for late December of this year, while the jury trial, which is scheduled to take place over two days, will begin on January 24, 2023.
The sticky legal situation occurred several years after the couple opened a Springdale, Ark. location for their shared clothing store 3130. They entered into a five-year lease agreement with Hillcrest Holdings LLC in October 2018 with an agreed monthly rent of $3,332.83. The following year, Amy and Dillon decided to expand by adding a second suite onto their original lease, bumping up their rent to $6,665.66. Their contract was set to last through May 2024.
However, according to the complaint filed by Hillcrest Holdings, the couple chose to move their business out of the building in August 2021 "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," the complaint further stated.
The parents — they share 2-year-old son, Daxton, who was born in 2019 — slammed the lawsuit, claiming that Hillcrest Holdings breached the contract before they ever vacated the premises.
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Amy and Dillon are countersuing the company over a disagreement regarding pricey renovations done to the store after they signed their lease agreement. They claimed that the legal papers allowed them a Tenant Improvement Allowance of $31,250, with any further expenses being paid out of pocket by the lessees.
After making the renovations to the building, they claim Hillcrest Holdings charged them $66,286, but they did not receive any "supporting invoices" that proved the amount was correct.
"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," their countersuit read. "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 complained that their "dumpsters were always overfilled and overflowing" at the property, noting that because proper garbage removal was guaranteed in their agreement, the company was in breach for contract for providing "inadequate trash services."
The Sun was first to report the couple's upcoming court date.