Bradley Beal filed a lawsuit earlier this month against his former landlord for a home he rented in Rockville, according to a court document posted Sunday by a sports-law website. The Wizards guard is seeking approximately $700,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, citing an illegally requested and handled security deposit, plus the landlord’s own demand that Beal pay him more than $87,000 for alleged damages to the property.
The lawsuit names Chopra Family Real Estate LLC, a Rockville-based company, and Rakesh Chopra specifically, and it accuses the defendants of violating several sections of Maryland real estate code, plus intentional misrepresentation and breach of lease. Attempts by The Post to reach Chopra on Sunday were unsuccessful.
Beal claims that he was initially given a figure of $8,225 per month to rent the property but that after meeting him in person, Chopra raised it to $9,000. Beal agreed and paid the entire amount for a one-year lease, $108,000, up front in September 2015.
That encounter with Beal allegedly also resulted in Chopra increasing the security deposit from $12,000 to $50,000, despite Maryland law forbidding such sums to be in excess of two months’ rent. The lawsuit claims that not only did the defendants fail to return the $50,000, they never placed it into a required interest-bearing escrow account but rather “treated the security deposit as their own funds to use as they pleased.”
When Beal, who had gone month-to-month on the lease, moved out in October 2016, he was denied a chance to do a walk-through of the property with his landlord, in violation of Maryland law. Instead, according to the suit, the 23-year-old was handed a bill for $114,225, including $87,225 for damages to the property, plus two months’ rent based on an illegal increase to $13,500 per month.
The suit goes through many of the damages alleged by the landlord, refuting that anything excessive had happened with specified items such as “Outside hot tub cleaning/repair,” “Basement carpet replacement,” “Duck [sic] Cleaning,” and “Living room area scones [sic].” The defendants “intentionally fabricated the purported damages to the Property,” the court filing claims.
The third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Beal is in his fifth season with the Wizards and is on pace for career highs in points (22.3), assists (3.7) and shooting percentage (.469). In July, he became the highest-paid player in franchise history with a five-year contract worth approximately $128 million.