A Florida church created by the Harvest Bible Chapel megachurch in Illinois is now facing eviction.
BLC Naples, LLC, filed a complaint against Harvest Bible Chapel Naples last month in county court, demanding that the church be evicted from the property and pay as much as $15,000 in damages.
The church’s landlord, BLC Naples, had originally entered into a lease agreement in August 2018, giving the church possession of the property.
The landlord company has since accused Harvest Naples of making “unauthorized alterations and/or modifications to the building,” namely installing “interior partition walls and electrical outlets in the building,” without receiving their consent first and without obtaining the proper permits.
BLC sent the church a 15-day notice in September informing them of the violations of the lease agreement and demanding that they either “remedy the noncompliance or deliver possession,” neither of which was done, according to the complaint.
BLC Naples is a company owned by multimillionaire Douglas Bartholomew who, along with his wife, used to attend Harvest Naples, according to Naples Daily News.
Harvest Naples Pastor Jeff Donaldson told the Daily News that the couple left his church earlier this year, around two months after he arrived at the campus.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski