Westwood Cleaners was one of the first tenants in the
Lumberyard 1505 building,
announcing in February 2018 that it was moving in.
Photo by Mark Justesen
GRAFTON — Grafton’s Lumberyard
development is suing one of its former tenants, after the tenant
vacated and stopped paying rent.
WRA-1505 Apartments, the owner of Grafton’s Lumberyard 1505
development in downtown Grafton, filed suit against Vladimir
Krivoshein and his business, Westwood Dry Cleaners, last month.
According to the complaint, the Lumberyard is suing for $59,832.42
owed by the business, after it broke its lease, left the development
and ceased paying bills on the space.
Westwood Dry Cleaners was
one of the initial commercial tenants at
the Lumberyard 1505 development, which combines commercial
businesses on the first floor while housing apartments on the upper
The complaint listed Krivoshein, a Mequon resident, and the dry
cleaning business, which still has a location in Mequon. According
to the narrative in the complaint, Westwood Dry Cleaners’ lease was
signed in October 2017, with a five-year term to run from April 1,
2018, until March 31, 2023.
The complaint stated Westwood vacated the leased space on or around
Dec. 31, 2018. The plaintiff claimed ,“The Plaintiff has made and
continues to make reasonable attempts to re-rent the premises and
mitigate the defendant’s damages, though the plaintiff has been
unsuccessful in obtaining another tenant as of the date of this
The complaint further claimed the defendant broke the lease contract
by not paying rent or late fees attached to it, vacating the
premises before lease-end and not giving proper notice to the
termination, causing and failing to repair damage to the unit and
other outstanding costs.
The complaint filed with Ozaukee County Circuit Court included a
copy of a letter dated Feb. 14 to Krivoshein requesting payment for
back rent, which the complaint said he refused to pay; a debt
collection notice; the rental lease agreement; and an invoice from
early July showing the rent, late fees and various other charges
WRA-1505 claims Krivoshein owes.
The specific damages requested in the complaint are:
■ $22,463.39 in unpaid rent, fees and charges. The invoice showed
the rent was $1,323 per month, plus the fees that have added up
since payment stopped. That record showed rent was owed as far back
as June of last year.
■ $38,400 for improvements to the space Westwood leased. “Plaintiff
incurred $38,400 in costs for tenant improvement work, requested by
the defendants, which is chargeable to the defendants under the
retail lease,” according to the complaint. The rental document
showed the lease agreement included the Lumberyard development
paying up to that amount for improvements to the space at the
tenant’s request, but the five-year lease being violated allowed the
expenses to be charged back to the tenant.
■ $375 in damages to the premises Westwood occupied.
■ $194.03 owed for utilities that were unpaid at the time the
business vacated the Lumberyard space.
The complaint subtracted the business’ $1,600 security deposit from
the claim, creating a total request for $59,832.42, as well as any
further damages the court sees fit to award.
The court filing stated Krivoshein has 20 days from receipt of the
suit to respond to the court. Failure to do so could result in a
judgement being issued against him in the plaintiff’s favor. The
suit was filed with the court July 23.
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