Riale v. Dyson, C.A. No. JP17-20-001765

CourtCourt of Justice of Peace Court of Delaware
Writing for the CourtJohn C Martin, Senior Justice of the Peace
Docket NumberC.A. No. JP17-20-001765
PartiesTIM RIALE Plaintiff Below, Appellant v. ANN DYSON Defendant Below, Appellee
Decision Date26 May 2021

TIM RIALE Plaintiff Below, Appellant
v.
ANN DYSON Defendant Below, Appellee

C.A. No. JP17-20-001765

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE IN AND FOR SUSSEX COUNTY COURT NO. 17

Submitted: May 20, 2021
May 26, 2021


TRIAL DE NOVO

APPEARANCES:
The plaintiff, Tim Riale, was represented by Dean A. Campbell, Esquire.

The defendant, Ann Dyson, appeared pro se.

Deborah J Keenan, Deputy Chief Magistrate
Richard D Comly, Justice of the Peace
John C Martin, Senior Justice of the Peace

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ORDER ON TRIAL DE NOVO

The Court has entered a judgment or order in the following form:

On March 5, 2020, the plaintiff filed this action seeking possession of the rental property located at 18455 Line Church Road, Delmar, Delaware because the defendant had an illegal cesspool for waste disposal. There was no monetary claim except for court costs. Trial was held on November 6, 2020 and on November 12, 2020 judgment for the defendant was entered. On November 18, 2020 the plaintiff filed a timely appeal of this judgment pursuant to 25 Delaware Code Section 5717. This is the decision of the three Judge Panel hearing the appeal as a trial de novo.

The plaintiff testified that he was hired to manage the property in 2019 by the current owner of the property following the death of the previous owner, David Walton. Mr. Walton was the person who entered into the lease with the defendant and her now deceased husband. He introduced a copy of the lease for the property, which had been given to him by the defendant. He said that this lease was created on December 13, 1997 and was to run for a term of 47 years. The monthly rent is $150.00. At the time this lease began, sewage disposal on the property was by a cesspool system. An inspection of this system in 2019 by a person certified by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control found that the system was illegal and needed to be replaced.

The plaintiff believed that the defendant was responsible for the cleanup and maintenance of the property according to the lease. He knew that the Plaintiff's counsel had sent a letter to the defendant in 2019 stating that the lease was in default because the defendant was not maintaining the property in a good and sanitary condition. Since this letter was sent, the waste system has not been repaired or replaced.

The defendant testified that after the lease was signed, she and her husband moved onto the property with a trailer. She continues to live in the trailer two or...

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