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R & R of Connecticut, Inc. v. Stiegler

Connecticut Appellate Court
493 A.2d 293 (1985)


Facts

R & R of Connecticut, Inc. (R&R) (plaintiff) operated a grocery store on property leased from Mary Lee Stiegler (defendant). The lease included an option for renewal to be exercised by written notice at least one year prior to December 31, 1984, the end of the lease term. R&R did not notify Stiegler of its desire to renew by the deadline of December 31, 1983. On January 26, 1984, Stiegler notified R&R that the lease would terminate at the end of the year. On February 6, 1984, R&R’s attorney wrote to Stiegler explaining that R&R’s previous attorney had died and that it was “probably his intention” to submit a notice of renewal on behalf of R&R. R&R filed for an injunction to prevent Stiegler from terminating the lease. Stiegler countersued for a declaratory judgment that the lease term would end on December 31, 1984. The trial court granted R&R’s injunction on the grounds that equity should prevent forfeiture of the lease. The court found that R&R had invested substantial funds in the store, that removing its equipment would be costly, and that an alternative location was not available nearby. Stiegler appealed.

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