A car wash in Alabama decided to lease an adjacent property to a restaurant, but by last weekend, the restaurant owner had placed his rent in escrow and the car wash landlord had chained the door. That’s according to AL.com, reporting on the dispute in Hoover, Ala. The disagreement seems to be over water. A frozen line burst Jan. 4, and the landlord hadn’t fixed it more than a month later. The car wash found an alternate source, but the restaurant owner said it wasn’t adequate for cooking.
Restaurants are one kind of business that rivals car washes for water consumption. Car wash businesses that use water efficient technology may even run less water than restaurants, who need it for cooking, filling glasses and washing dishes. The owner of the Caribbean-style restaurant in Hoover says he was having to boil his water before using it. And that’s why he put his rent in an escrow account — which is why he discovered a chain barring his entry and an eviction notice on the door this weekend.
“We determined it was probably best for him and us to separate our ways, not because of rent but because of the way he behaves … I just felt my family was disrespected,” the car wash manager told AL.com.
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