Owner of Locust Avenue Office Building Seeks To Evict Tenant


The owner of a commercial building on Locust Avenue is seeking to evict a longtime tenant for failure to pay rent.

The defendant, F&N Business Service Center LLC, which subleases office space for profit, started leasing space at 49 Locust Ave. in 2000, according to a complaint filed in state Superior Court on behalf of the property’s owner by Stamford-based Law Offices of Gerald S. Knopf LLC.

Currently set at $6,535.83, the rent hasn’t been paid since April 2021 and also went unpaid in March and December 2020 and in February 2021, according to the complaint, filed Oct. 29. 

The plaintiff, New Canaan-based FJL Holdings LLC, served notice of eviction Aug. 12, with a date of Aug. 31, yet “the defendants continue in possession of the premises.”

Twelve businesses and organizations that appear to be those under sublease, originally named as defendants in the suit, were removed by the plaintiff following a motion filed Nov. 17.

F&N’s principal is listed in state records as a Wilton resident. 

The three-story, brick exterior office building at 49 Locust Ave. was purchased by FJL Holdings LLC in May 2015 for $6,751,782, tax records show. The company also owns 39 Locust Ave., longtime home of the New Canaan Board of Education. 

A second defendant tenant names in the suit, Bright Ideas Tutoring LLC, is represented by Norwalk-based attorney Abram Heisler. Last week, Heisler filed a motion to revise the lawsuit by “separating each count into individual defendants.”

“For example, the defendant, Bright Ideas Tutoring LLC, is not alleged to have any contractual relationship with the plaintiff and should not be named in those portion son the complaint seeking possession on the basis of lapse of time and nonpayment of rent,” Heisler said.

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