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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Couple who bought Columbia home with advertising mural sue over repainting, repair costs

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2019


LANCASTER – A couple who purchased a highly visible home on a hillock in downtown Columbia that came with an agreement for an advertising mural on the home claim now that contract has expired and they are owed repair and repainting costs. 

Eliane and James Beckley filed a complaint Sept. 30 in the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County against National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Inc. alleging breach of contract, negligence and unjust enrichment. 

In March of 1998, the suit states the previous owners of the Beckley's property entered into an advertising mural easement with the defendant. When the Beckleys purchased the home in October 2000, they honored the obligations under the easement and in 2006, they notified the Association that the mural was deteriorating. They allege the defendant has refused to make any repairs.

The plaintiffs allege the agreement ended in March 2018 and the plaintiffs now claim the estimated costs to correct the damage done and to repaint their home is $43,200, which they allege the Association has an obligation to pay. 

The Beckleys seek monetary relief of more than $50,000, a trial by jury and other just relief. They are represented by Kevin French of The Kevin M. French & Associates Law Firm LLC in Lititz. 

Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County case number 19-09340

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