the beginning of this Lease, then, and in any such event, the term of this Lease


                                  EXHIBIT 10.9


                              CROWELL & CO., INC.

                      )  R E N T  L E A S E

   This agreement, made this 29th day of June, 1995, between Crowell & Co.,
Inc.,  hereinafter called the Lessor and Healthmaster Home Health Care, Inc.,
(Washington Division) hereinafter called the Lessee.

   The Lessor has this day rented and leased to the Lessee, and the Lessee has
rented and leased from the Lessor the following described premises:

   Approximately 3300 square feet of office space located at:
                       454 West Martintown Road
                       North Augusta, SC 29841
to be occupied only as a home health care agency.

   The term of this lease begins on the 1st day of August, 1995, at 12:01 A.M.,
and ends on the 31st day of July, 1996, at 12:00 P.M. midnight.

   1. TERMS: The Lessee agrees to pay the Lessor a monthly rental of Two
Thousand, Three Hundred and 00/100 ($2,300.00) Dollars, payable in advance, on
the first day of each month, beginning on the first day of the term of this
Lease. Rent for any portion of a month shall be pro-rated. Lessee shall pay to
Lessor a late charge equal to five percent (5%) of any monthly installment of
rent sent by Lessee after the 10th day of each month during the term.

   2. PAYMENT OF RENT: Lessee covenants to pay said rent to
Lessor at 432 S. Belair Road, Martinez, GA 30907, or at such other place as
Lessor may from time to time designate in writing.

   3. UTILITIES: Lessee shall be responsible for the payment of
all utilities. Lessor shall be responsible for insuring that all utilities used
by Lessee are separately metered. There will be no pro-ration of utility charges
based upon square footage, number of tenants, etc.

   4. LAWN CARE: Lessee shall be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the

   5. USE: The Lessee agrees to use the premises herein for the purpose herein
stated, and for no other.
   6. REPAIRS: The Lessor agrees to keep in good repair the roof, the exterior
walls, and any party walls of the building on the premises, the underground
utility and sewer pipes outside of the exterior walls of the said premises, the
heating and air conditioning units, and the electrical systems; provided,
however, that Lessor shall not be responsible for any all repairs rendered
necessary by the negligence of Lessee, its agents, employees, or invitees.
Lessee shall be responsible for all minor repairs due to Lessee's use and
occupancy of the premises, not to exceed $250.00 per lease year. Overages shall
be the responsibility of the Lessor.

   7. CONDITION OF THE PREMISES: The Lessee agrees that the leased premises are
in a condition satisfactory for the purpose herein contemplated, and that the
same are accepted without warranty or representation as to condition on the part
of the Lessor.

   8. QUIET ENJOYMENT: Subject to the other terms and provisions of this
Agreement, Lessee shall be entitled to quiet and peaceable possession of the
premises during the term without warranty or representation as to condition on
the part of the Lessor.

   9. DAMAGES: Lessee agrees to surrender said premises at the expiration of
this Lease in as good order and repair as the same are on the first day of the
term of said lease, natural wear and tear excepted.

   10.  DEFAULT:  The Lessee hereby waives and renounces for itself any and all
homestead and exemption rights which it may have under the laws of this or any
other state as against any liability that may accrue under this contract.  If
any legal action is brought by either party to enforce the terms hereof, the
prevailing party shall be entitled to all costs incurred in connection with such
action, including fifteen percent attorney's fees.

   Upon proven breach of this contract by Lessee, the Lessor, or his Agent, may
card for rent and sublet the premises at the best price obtainable by reasonable
effort, under private negotiations, and charge the balance, if any, between said
price of subletting and the contract price to Lessee and hold it therefor.  Such
subletting on the part of the Lessor will not in any sense by a breach of the
contract on the part of the Lessor, but Lessor will be acting merely as an agent
for the Lessee to minimize the damage.  These rights of the lessor are
cumulative and are not restrictive of any other rights under the laws, and the
failure on the part of Lessor to avail himself of these privileges at any
particular time shall not constitute a waiver of these rights.

   11.  SALE OF PREMISES:   The Lessor shall be privileged during the last
thirty (30) days of this contract to post said premises for rent or sale and to
attach sign or signs for that purpose upon any portion of the building.  The
Lessee also agrees to exhibit said premises at any time during there term of
this lease on week days  and during reasonable hours to prospective purchasers
when requested to do so, by being at least twenty-four (24) hours notice in
advance of that time that is desired to show said premises.

   12.  FIRE CLAUSE:   Should the premises leased be partially damaged by fire
or by reason thereof, at any time during the term hereof, the Lessee shall give
immediate notice thereof to the  Lessor, who shall thereupon cause the same to
by promptly repaired.  A reduction of rent, proportionate to interface to
occupancy shall be allowed the Lessee during the time necessary to restore said
premises or make the necessary repairs, as the case may be.

   In case the premises hereby demised or the building in which the same are
located, or in case any one or more or all of the stores, offices, buildings or
premises constituting the entire improvements shall be so damaged by fire or
otherwise that the Lessor shall decide not to restore the same as at the time of
the beginning of this Lease, then, and in any such event, the term of this Lease
shall cease and rent shall be paid up to the time of such damage or of such
termination and no longer.

   13.  INDEMNITY:     The Lessee agrees to indemnify and save harmless the
Lessor against all claims for damages to persons or property by reason of the
Lessee's use or occupancy of the leased premises and due to any action or
inaction of the Lessee which is a causal factor of such damage to persons or

   14.  NOTICES:  Any notices contemplated by this lease shall be deemed
effectively given when mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail with the
required postage pre-paid, addressed as follows:

   If to the Lessor:
         CROWELL & CO., INC.
         432 S. BELAIR ROAD
         MARTINEZ, GA 30907
   If to the Lessee:
         P.O. BOX 60038
         AUGUSTA, GA 30909-2136
         ATTN:  NOEL O. INGRAM, ESQ.

Or to such other address or addresses as the parties hereto may hereafter
specify by written notice to the other party.

   15.  TAXES:    Lessor shall pay, bear and discharge all city, state, and
county ad valorem taxes upon personal property owned by Lessee situate in, upon
or attached to the premises.  Lessor agrees to furnish Lessee, upon execution of
this agreement, a Tax Identification Number so that rent remitted by Lessee may
properly by reported pursuant to Federal Law.

   16.  SUBLEASE: Lessee may sublease portions of the leased premises to others
provided such sublessee's operation is a part of the general operation of Lessee
and under the supervision and control of Lessee, and provided such operation is
within the purposes for which said premises shall be use.  Except as provided in
the preceding sentence, Lessee shall not, without the prior written consent of
the Lessor endorsed hereon, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, transfer
or assign this lease or any interest hereunder, or sublet premises or any part
thereof or permit the use of premises by any party other than Lessee.  Consent
to any assignment or sublease shall not destroy this provision, and all later
assignments or subleases shall be made likewise only on the prior consent of the
Lessor.  Assignee of Lessee, at option of Lessor, shall not relieve Lessee of
any liability hereunder.

   17.  SIGNS:    Lessor hereby gives Lessee permission to display an exterior
sign similar in appearance to signs already displayed by other tenants of the
building, if applicable, or any sign which is well maintained and reasonably
aesthetically pleasing.

   18.  GOVERNING LAW:      This agreement shall be construed in accordance with
and governed by the laws of the State of Georgia.

   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Lessor and Lessee have hereunto set their hands
and seals the day and year first above written.

Lessor                Lessee

Otis L. Crowell       Mittie Pedraza
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AS:  President        AS:  Executive Vice President
Tax ID 58-1021933


Basic Info X:

Name: the beginning of this Lease, then, and in any such event, the term of this Lease
Type: Lease
Date: April 1, 1996
Company: CROWELL & CO INC /GA/
State: Georgia

Other info:


  • JUNE 29 , 1995
  • 29th day of June , 1995
  • 1st day of August , 1995
  • 31st day of July , 1996
  • last thirty 30


  • Crowell & Co. , Inc.
  • Healthmaster Home Health Care , Inc.
  • the State of Georgia


  • Washington
  • West Martintown Road North Augusta
  • Lessee
  • U.S.
  • GA


  • $ 2,300.00 Dollars
  • $ 250.00


  • Martinez
  • Otis L. Crowell Mittie Pedraza


  • 12:01 A.M.
  • 12:00 P.M. midnight


  • five percent 5 %