Northwood Centre Owners File Lawsuit Over Broken State Leases

Northwood Center
Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 17:44:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The owners of the Northwood Centre are filing a lawsuit against the State, saying that breaking the lease of several state departments housed in the facility is "invalid and unconstitutional".

This comes after a group of former and current state workers filed a lawsuit against the office building, saying they were made sick by mold, bat feces, and poor air quality.

According to the Northwood Associates, the owners of the Centre, they are asking that the courts stop the state from ending the lease in addition to compensatory damages.

The Legislature prohibited state funds from being used to pay for any agency leases at the Northwood Center, beginning on July 1. The building owners say that is invalid because those funds are already set aside in the General Appropriations Act.

They also claim in the lawsuit that they have met lease obligations and performed air quality testing and giving out reports of those test results to the tenants.