Courtney Love wins eviction fight

Manhattan judge agrees with the rocker that she had paid her rent. Whether she 'ruined' the $27,000-a-month townhouse with her renovations is being debated.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jan 23, 2012 1:20PM

© Robert Sietsema, Courtesy of Village Voice, LLC.Rocker Courtney Love has won her case and won't be evicted from her $27,000-a-month New York City townhouse.


The law was on her side: A judge agreed with her contention that she was current on her rent on the four-story, three-bedroom home in Manhattan's West Village and dismissed the suit brought by her landlord.


Love plans to move anyway next month, when her lease expires, according to The New York Post.


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Landlord Donna Lyon had complained that Love had "ruined" the home's interior with unapproved renovations, which she discovered when she hired a photographer to take pictures of the home to list it for sale. The townhouse was decorated by former owner and designer Steven Gambrel and was featured in Elle Décor in 2009. Lyon bought it for $8 million in 2010.

She estimated it would cost $100,000 to undo Love's work and told The Post:

Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent. … I was horrified by what she had done. The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint.

She also complained that the home had been damaged by fire, but Love's representatives said a small fire caused by a candle was put out quickly and didn't do any serious damage.

Love told The Post that she got permission to repaint and used a painter approved by the landlord.

XOJane, where Love is a contributing editor, was invited to photograph her townhouse in December, and you can see lots of photos here. Curbed New York has photos of the townhouse before Love moved in. Here's a recent exterior photo from The Village Voice. Does it look ruined to you?


The dispute may not be over. Lyon's lawyer Norman Flitt told The Post, "The alteration dispute was not part of the rent case and remains unresolved."

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Jan 24, 2012 4:56PM
WOW! Courtney Love's renovations are amazing! I reckon she's generously done this ungrateful landlord a favour! She must be hurt that the landlord has just thrown it back in her face.
Not only should the landlord get nothing from Courtney, whatever profit the landlord makes on it when it sells should be awarded to Courtney as well, becasue it's only due to Courtney's renovations that any profit would be made from it.
Jan 24, 2012 6:46AM

Talk about class warfare.... 28K a month? How many people can afford that much for rent> apparently a lot...

The place looks a lot better after she decorated... It looked like a nightmare before... I'm surprised she even rented it, if she couldn't remodel the place...

Jan 24, 2012 6:14AM
Looks better and $28k a month way too much, but rich people always overpay for things.
Jan 24, 2012 5:58AM

She said she got permission. I hope it was in writing. If not, she should pay to put it back the way it was...even though it looks better now.


Jan 24, 2012 5:55AM
Web pages should be seen and not heard.
Jan 24, 2012 5:48AM
This smells like a publicity stunt by the landlord.  Great way to get this townhouse advertised.  I saw the pics and it's gonna be difficult to prove that Love "ruined" anything.  Not a fan of C. Love at all but I have to say that it actually looks better than the before photo's.  The only real argument here is whether or not approval was obtained to make changes.  After this article the landlord will likely  make more cash since it was decorated by C. Love.......
Jan 24, 2012 5:47AM
What did he think was going to happen when he rented to Courtney Love? He's lucky the place didn't burn down.
Jan 24, 2012 5:39AM
After looking at the before and after pics, I've come to the conclusion that the place looks better after Courtney made the changes. I truly think she did an amazing job and the place looks great and does fit the homes original decor.
Anyone who has ever rented an apartment in NY knows that unless it's stipulated in the lease (which the article does not state and Love claims that she had approval from the landlord and used landlord approved painters) that you CAN NOT make any changes to an apartment, If it doesn't state it we will make changes. When we rent an apartment (and it's irrelevant where her money comes from as long as she can pay the rent) we decorate and make changes to fit our personality and not the real estate agent or landlords. I don't have to like her to know that the landlord is trying to make a buck.
Jan 24, 2012 5:34AM
C Love is a douche bag!   What a pile of scum.
Jan 24, 2012 5:30AM
I have to ask, why would anyone "renovate" a apartment they're renting? She spent all that money on her changes, then plans to move anyway once her lease is up. Must be nice to have all that disposable income to waste.
Jan 24, 2012 5:16AM

most of you people missed the point, if she had to have permission for her to redo anything and she didn't get it then she is totally in the wrong, i don't care who they where. It doesn't matter if it is ten times better or not.      she knew what she rented when she got it, i am sure she knew the details of her lease also.


as somebody who rents this can cause you all kinds of headaches as i know from first hand experience. but this just shows even the ones that can afford it does not care if they follow the rules and especially stars and i guess piracy hasn't effected her any but we all know that is just music bull sh*t wind blowing anyway.

Jan 24, 2012 4:47AM
wow 27 thousand dollars a month. I be saving that money in my bank and get a cheaper rent.
Jan 24, 2012 4:46AM
Personally, I find the original bedroom UGLY with no alibi. Not a fan of Love, but it looks better her way than it did before and apparently the judge agreed.
Jan 24, 2012 4:20AM
I looked at the pics and I think the home is beautiful. It's nothing what I holes in the walls or beverage stains on the floor. The landlord should be thankful that Love decorated in the manner that she did...could've been  so much worse.
Jan 24, 2012 4:07AM
Ok, looked at the pics. Prefer the look after the repaint. Besides, states that I have been in require a rental repainted on a regular basis, some even require repaint after has moved out if the renter has been there 1 year or more.
Jan 24, 2012 3:53AM
It should have stipulated in the lease what the tenant can and cannot do as far as decorating goes. It is not all that hard to strip a wall down to the drywall and start over.
Jan 24, 2012 2:34AM

uhm...just what the hell did she think was going to happen renting a multi-millon dollar home to Courtney Love...?  hello...crazy rock chick  *taps Donna's on forehead*

Jan 24, 2012 1:51AM
Bare Walls does not a Nice Home make.   One question, if Elle did a Pic-Run on it in 2009 and Lyon bought it in 2010... Where's the problem?
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